I’m a freelance writer and editor in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and I gratefully acknowledge that the land I live and work on is the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850, as well as Métis homelands.
With a science degree and a talent for writing, I’ve built my career promoting the full spectrum of science and research to the media and general public with engaging, readable and relatable writing.
I’ve worn a few different hats over the years – in media relations, public affairs and communications, editing and science writing – for two Canadian universities and a national health charity. These days, I’m putting my skills and curiosity to work as a freelancer on a broad range of professional writing and editing projects, labouring over unhitch.ca (a much-loved initiative I co-founded in 2021), and keeping my pen moving across the page whenever possible. I’m currently also a student with The Writer’s Studio at SFU.
Some of my earliest writing gigs include my published poems (yikes) and elementary school track-meet coverage in the St. Albert Gazette. In university, I wrote trail guides for public visitors to the Kananaskis Field Station, as part of my role as Forestry Interpreter. My first front page story was as an intern at the Calgary Herald for a story about stardust research. I won a CCAE Prix D’Excellance medal for Best News Article on a Subject Relating to Natural Sciences and Engineering for a story about wind tunnel research while working for Western University.
When I’m not writing and editing, I’m raising three precocious children, reading as much as I can, walking my dogs or practicing my downward dog. A born and mostly Alberta-raised prairie girl, I’ve lived in a number of Canadian cities small and big including Banff, Calgary, St. Albert, Winnipeg, Toronto and the GTA, London and currently, Thunder Bay. I’m still trying to figure out if I’m a country or a city mouse, and find myself equally at home in the urban wilds and the great outdoors.
You can read more about me and my writing on my LinkedIn profile, my blog, my Career Experience (resume) page, or follow me on Twitter (@kinniburgh_c).