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-Three years training in St.Albert 533 Air Cadets, including courses in Leadership, Public Speaking, Instructional Methods, First Aid, Citizenship, and Photography. Achieved rank of Sergeant.
-High School Equivalency Diploma with honors in Math, Biology, and Psychology, Paul Kane High School in St.Albert, Alberta and Victoria Composite Adult Education Edmonton Public Schools.
-Completed Psychology and Criminology courses through correspondence at undergraduate level ICS correspondence schools and Athabasca University.
-Completed online learning diploma through Edmonton Public Library, focusing on creative writing and magazine writing, 2014.
-Avid reader of modern and classic literature, as well as non-fiction especially in the field of mental health and history. Attended numerous writing workshops and instructional sessions with professional writers and poets for career development.
Writing and Public Speaking Experience:
I began writing and publishing poetry in unpaid magazines and anthologies in 1992. I worked various jobs over the years, mostly as a security guard because this work allowed me to pursue my first love, that of reading classic literature and philosophy. I wrote my first book, a memoir of my life with bipolar disorder, over a few years, and as technology improved, I was able to have this book (Through The Withering Storm) edited and published in 2011. Since then I have written and published a second memoir, four poetry collections, two short story collections and two young adult novels, all of which have sold well locally. My two memoirs are my best selling books as they deal with the subject of mental health awareness, a hot topic among many today. I currently work for the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta giving public talks to classes of all kinds and groups as varied as the Edmonton Police and local libraries and have many occasions to sell my books at these speaking engagements. These books are popular among family members of those with mental illness, the sufferers themselves as well as those who work in the field treating illnesses like the one I experienced and have made a nearly complete recovery from. I have helped plan poetry events in my community in Edmonton and have also been paid as a live storyteller and creative writing instructor, most recently for a group at a mental health club for adults which was a ten-week course in everything from graphic novels to short stories and flash fiction. This Spring I also taught a poetry class to a group of junior high students and I also volunteered to teach elementary age students at a University summer philosophy camp. In 2014 I was voted by the CBC website as one of the top eleven Canadian “Writers to Watch” and have put all of my efforts into my goal of being the best possible writer I can be.
Writing Contest Winning Submissions:
1-Wee Book Inn 40th anniversary short story contest, 1st prize winner of $200 book credit
2-New York Book Festival 2015 Honorable Mention in the category of memoirs for book “Inching Back To Sane”
3-Canadian Tales of the Heart Short Story Contest 2015 shortlisted, given small cash prize and publication in Anthology for the short story: “Sandra: A Love Story.”
4-First place winner among 500 entries in The Writer’s Weekly 24-hour short story contest with $300 USD cash prize.
5-Two time winner of Edmonton Story Slam competition, both for cash prizes
-Managing Editor and Staff writer for Magpie Media’s two mental health magazines, “SZ” and “Anchor” (this company currently not in operation) from Nov. 2015 to June 2016.
-Author of “Through the Withering Storm” and “Inching Back to Sane” which are two books about my teen years and adult years living with and recovering from bipolar disorder/schizoaffective disorder
-Currently, I maintain a blog at www.edmontonwriter.com and also have a paid position as a blogger for healthyplace.com’s “surviving stigma” blog. Teaching work is done with regards to mental health awareness and healing through creative writing and photography (artistic expression)
Richard Van Camp, bestselling author of “The Lesser Blessed” firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill MacPhee, owner of Magpie Media email@example.com
Tanya Behm, Schizophrenia Society of Alberta TBehm@schizophrenia.ab.ca