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Our Professional Writing and Communication students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We're pleased to share some of our students’ profiles.

From our most recent cohort

Laura Beattie

Laura Beattie

Despite having been an avid keeper of journals and notebooks for the majority of my life, writing was always a personal activity and not something that I ever considered pursuing as a career until recently. I studied Humanities and English at York University in Toronto and then worked for several years in bars and restaurants. I enjoyed my time in the service industry, but I slowly realized that the lifestyle did not feel sustainable for me. I needed to make a change.

Last year, I made the choice to develop my natural tendency toward written language into a marketable skill that I could use as a foundation for a long-term career. Humber’s Professional Writing and Communications program has been instrumental in helping me achieve that goal. The program was challenging, but served as a revelation about the vast demand for communicators across all industries. Coming out of the in-class portion of the program, my writing is noticeably more clean and intentional; my mind feels sharper and I have developed an invaluable network of mentors and peers who will support me as I venture out into the working world.

I am now approaching the halfway point of my internship. I have been working with a local charitable organization that focuses on city planning and community engagement in parks and underutilized areas of the city. It has been an entirely active and engaging experience for me thus far. I am looking forward to continuing to learn and grow as a writer and am excited to see what comes next.

Laura Billett

Laura Billett

Stories have always fascinated me, and I have come to believe that they are what drive and define us. For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed about being a writer but never understood how to work as one. After completing a BA in English and trying various jobs in the "real" world, I felt that I needed focused training to help me break into the communications job market.

The PWC (Professional Writing & Communications) program gave me a chance to practice and learn the various ways to work as a writer and pushed me to try new writing and editing styles. Professors shared their own experiences, offered insights and encouraged me to connect with professionals in the industry. I gained skills and confidence as a writer and discovered a love for editing.

I'm completing my internship in publishing—an area I once thought would be impossible to break into—and I'm excited to continue to explore the opportunities in that industry.

Chelsea Cameron-Fikis

Chelsea Cameron-Fikis

After completing an HBA and MA in English Literature from Lakehead University, I still felt that my career path had little direction: “How do I translate my love for writing into a stable job?” I constantly asked myself. After researching my options, I discovered the PWC (Professional Writing & Communications) program and decided to move to Toronto to return to school one last time. Compared to other writing programs offered by other schools, I loved how specific this one was and how it finished with a placement to give me hands-on experience in the communications industry.

My university experience was good, but my college experience at Humber was better. The teachers were personable and knowledgeable; the course topics were useful and informative; and the overall experience was very supportive and engaging. The PWC program helped me build on my existing writing skills in freelance and digital, and helped me grow my skill set to be a more well-rounded communications professional. I’m currently interning for a non-profit arts organization, and I’m very excited and confident to find employment in the communications sector after completing my diploma.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chelsea-cameron-fiki

Arundhati Chatterjee

Arundhati Chatterjee

I graduated with majors in advertising from University of Mumbai (India) and worked as a journalist for over three years. However, I never pursued any academic training in writing, and after much research, I found Humber College’s Professional Writing & Communications program.

On paper, the course covered everything I wanted from storytelling and narrative to strategic writing and repurposing. Yet the reality is so much more than the promise. The Professional Writing and Communications program connected me with expert faculty who strived to go beyond the syllabus and enhance our experience in terms of writing as well as their anecdotes from the real world.

On a personal level, the program opened up many more avenues for me to consider; it also improved my writing skills considerably. As I am learning the ropes of the not-for-profit sector at my internship, the skills and knowledge I gained in the PWC (Professional Writing & Communications) program are coming in handy every single day. I am glad to have chosen this program, and I cannot wait to use all the skills I acquired during the course of the year.

Daniela Di Vito

Daniela Di Vito

I have always been caught between my creative and nerdy sides. During my undergrad at the University of Toronto, I studied English Literature and media, wrote for fashion blogs during my free time, and took on internships in the beauty and publishing industries. It’s safe to say that I was very unsure of what my next step would be after graduation.

I came to the Professional Writing & Communications program not knowing which of my interests to choose, but thankfully the outcome was to combine both!

The expert staff and unique curriculum allowed me to improve my writing skills, while tailoring the content to include my passion for lifestyle and fashion. The insightful lessons, attention to each individual student’s learning journey, and networking opportunities I experienced in this program led me to where I am now.

After having my written work published in CHLOE magazine—courtesy of my internship placement, I am now freelance writing for two lifestyle magazines, as well as holding a full-time position as the Social Media Manager at Eatertainment. The PWC (Professional Writing & Communications) program truly gave me the skills and connections necessary to find a career path where my creativity and intellect would shine equally.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danieladivito/

Ali Ryan

I selected this program initially to supplement my Bachelor of Arts in English. I knew that I wanted to go into communications but wasn’t quite sure where I fit into that world. I have a background in law, marketing, psychology, art, and design and this gave me a broad range of skills. I was left wondering where and how I wanted to apply these in the “real world” and so I came across Humber’s Professional Writing and Communications program.

This program helped me to build and grow into my profession. I went from a crossroad to a path that is much more focused. I learned skills I never knew that I would need in this field (and beyond), while also polishing skills to make myself a more valuable asset in the professional realm. PWC (Professional Writing & Communications) reinforces skills in writing, editing, polishing work, creating content in a variety of forms (reports, digital newsletters, press releases) and also instructs students how to do these things on different multimedia platforms. Communicating, networking, and improving upon professionalism are key personal pillars that PWC helped me strengthen. I developed essential and irreplaceable skills.

In its third semester, this program places you in a relevant work placement that is in line with your interests, strengths, and learning goals. I am currently completing a placement at a public relations agency in downtown Toronto (NKPR) and I have really thrived because of the foundation that the PWC program helped me solidify. I have built media and client relationships, drafted and sent out press releases, learned about the importance of detail and effective communication in project development and much more.

A key takeaway that came from a professor in this program (Nathan) that I have carried with me through my placement is the importance of reading. Predominantly, reading the newspaper. Anyone can gather their news online or in snippets on social apps… but now that I read every local news publication, every morning, I have an entirely different view on what is going on in the world and how I can apply these findings to my daily life and career path in communications.

Jorge Toro

Jorge Toro

I completed my Bachelors in Media and Film in Bogota (Colombia), and, for a couple of years, worked in the television and advertising industry. Writing, however, was always something I wanted to pursue; it was always part of my life, but I was writing as a guilty pleasure. In time, I decided to begin shifting my career path to one that would involve more writing. I took a specialization course in Creative Writing at Wesleyan University, and began working in the field of communications.

After realizing that career opportunities in my home country are meagre and scarce, I decided that I needed a change, one that would provide me with better tools to be a competitive professional – that is when I discovered Humber’s Professional Writing & Communications post-graduate Program.

During my time in this program, I’ve been able to reinforce essential skills such as writing, editing, and interviewing. In addition, I’ve developed a more detached perspective of my own style, and have gained an understanding of how to adapt my work to formats used in workplaces today (blogs, social media, etc.). As I complete my internship, I know that positioning in this market is challenging, but am hopeful that the credentials and knowledge I gained in the program will make me stand out.

From our Past Students

Kathleen Anderson

kathleen

I majored in English at McMaster University, and I also spent a summer studying creative writing abroad in England. I was interested in the power of storytelling, but I wasn’t sure how to make that my career. Then I found this program.

Through the classes, I learned how to write compelling narrative non-fiction, which I can use in a variety of professional situations, from composing magazine articles to creating documents for non-profit organizations. I also developed other skills that I can apply to a career in writing, like learning to write for the web, as well as honing my project management and collaboration skills.

Tangibly, the program has given me a portfolio of diverse pieces of writing. I am looking forward to starting my internship, where I’ll have the opportunity to put the practices I’ve learned into effect in a professional environment.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleenander

Emilio Barends

I came into the PWC program as an English major from the University of Toronto and with two years of experience in non-profit communications. I joined the program to complement my interests in editing and grammar with practical writing skills, in fields such as storytelling, digital writing and project management.

The expert faculty’s focus on practical work across a variety of genres has allowed me to build a wide-ranging portfolio. The small class size has fostered a supportive community of writers among my group of peers. 

As I head into my internship in the public sector, I hope to develop a rewarding career in government communications by deploying all the skills I have learned in the PWC program. 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/emiliobarends/

Brittni Jacobson

brittni

I’ve always loved storytelling, and my interest in writing grew as a natural extension. I received my BA in English Language and Literature from Western University. After graduating, I was lucky enough to spend some time travelling, which reaffirmed the love I have for hearing new stories and the ability of writing to connect us.

The Professional Writing and Communications program has helped me focus my interests and develop practical skills. I would love to work for a non-profit or in publishing, and this experience and the PWC faculty have helped open the doors to those industries. 

Most importantly, this program has helped me build confidence in myself as a writer and overcome the hesitation that was my biggest barrier. I can’t wait to start my internship and to see what comes next!

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brittnijacobson/

Kimberly Johnson

kimberly

Writing is something I accidentally fell in love with. I started my undergrad at the University of Toronto Mississauga and fully intended to complete a degree in Psychology. I discovered my love for writing through an elective course, switched my majors to English and Writing and I haven’t looked back. I love telling stories about people. I’ve mainly written creative non-fiction short stories but I also like long-form narratives, blogs and article writing. 

I joined this program because I wanted to get a better understanding of what it’s like to be a professional writer and work in the communications world. I’ve been able to learn about different types of writing, how to take research and turn it into something compelling and I've gotten an introduction to the way communicators strategize and put a piece together. Professionally, I’d like to work in a communications department where I can put these skills to use and grow as a communications professional.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kjohnson26/

Matthew McGrath

matthew

I am a writer, actor and producer living in Toronto. Prior to coming to Humber, I was frantically applying to various office jobs with little success. After a few months of disappointment, I realized I didn't have any concrete, employable skills. That's what attracted me to the Professional Writing and Communications program at Humber.

After looking over the curriculum on the program site, I became confident that this program would provide me with a solid communications skill set. This year, I've discovered that I love to write articles, profiles and blog posts, and in the coming months, my goal is to find employment with a Toronto cultural organization as a staff writer or a communications coordinator. 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewtmcgrath/

Sarah Nieman

sarah

I found myself in the Professional Writing and Communications program at Humber after recognizing that I love writing reports as much as I love writing fiction.  With an MA in Religion and Modernity from Queen’s University and a BA in Religion from Carleton University, I sought to find work that makes a difference at any level. 

The skills I have learned in this program complement and enhance skills I have learned from both my time in the service industry and in stage management for theatre productions. I have improved my skills in writing concisely, persuasively and for a digital audience. The instructors are experienced in their fields, and their support and guidance have opened up opportunities that continue to challenge me and force me to become a better writer.

I know my experiences in the program will prove to be invaluable as I transition into my internship and the larger professional world, and I look forward to seeing where my writing takes me. 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sanieman/

Ardo Omer

ardo

I graduated from York University with an honours BA in criminology and a minor in creative writing. While in university, I started a book blog and then started to branch out into writing for other sites. I've enjoyed writing about pop culture - books, comics, television, films, etc. - with a focus on social issues like race and gender.

I didn't see myself as someone who'd write for companies or organizations that were outside the magazine world, but the Professional Writing and Communications program helped broaden my horizons.

My future plans are to continue writing those articles but now I also want to write news releases for organizations that I'm excited about.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ardo-omer

Connor Peck

connor

After my undergrad in Liberal Arts and Business, I began searching for ways to combine my interest in writing with my education; Professional Writing and Communications quickly rose to the top of my list. With courses ranging from narrative design to corporate writing and everything in between, taught by teachers who are experts in their fields, the program provides a skill set that is versatile, functional and refined. 

Humber also expanded my world. Not only was I able to network with a host of industry professionals, I got to learn with an exceptionally talented and welcoming group of writers from across Canada and around the world.

Now that our class is moving into its internship, I’m excited to bring the skills I’ve learned at Humber into the workforce, and to begin building my career as a writer.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/connorjamespeck/

Leticia Rodrigues’

leticia

Writing was always something I liked to do, but I only realized that I wanted to pursue it as a career in my last year in university. Since my country (Brazil) didn’t have many programs in the writing field, I decided to study abroad.

After seeing different programs around the world, I decided to choose Humber’s Professional Writing and Communications Program because of its broad curriculum. My experience has been amazing, coming from an advertising background, the program allowed me to expand my knowledge in digital writing, strategic writing and, especially, storytelling – which is precisely what I want to work with in the future. Furthermore, it opened my mind to different sectors of writing and gave me the core skills to work in whenever area I chose. I don’t have regrets about my decision.

I am very proud of all the work I was able to do and progress I was able to make in the Professional Writing and Communications program, and I am looking forward to the new opportunities that the future holds. 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/leticiamorgado 

Tanya Rohrmoser

tanya

I graduated from Brock University with an MA in English Literature, and wanted to pursue a graduate program that would prepare me for a career in writing and communication. Humber’s program hit all the right notes: under the tutelage of warm and experienced professors, I honed skills in storytelling, editing, research strategies, and digital communication. I learned how to write for both web and print using the most current technologies, and benefitted from a range of guest speakers who spoke frankly about the industry.

Over this past year I have built my portfolio, made strong contacts, and secured my dream internship, which I look forward to starting this next month. I leave this program confident that I am prepared for the workplace, and grateful for the mentorship I found along the way. I would heartily recommend this program to anyone wishing to forge a path from their university program to the working world.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tanya-rohrmoser

Samantha Serles

samantha

I am passionate about telling stories and shaping narratives – no matter what the medium. Before entering Humber’s professional writing and communications program, I earned an MFA in theatre from York University. I have worked in the arts and non-profit sector, but communication has always been at the heart of what I do.

I enjoy writing in a variety of forms and styles – from stories and articles, to grant applications and reports. This program has helped me identify opportunities and market myself as a writer and editor. I have gained confidence in my skills and a stronger sense of my voice. 

Website: samanthaserles.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-serles  

Arielle Townsend

arielle

I am a graduate from the University of Toronto. I came to this program hoping to gains skills that would help me transform my love for writing into a career.

Over the course of this program, I have gained those skills and so much more. I have come to recognize the layers of good writing; how storytelling always matters, and how to adapt content to be suitable online. I’ve also learned how to effectively manage a project and communicate strategically. I hope to use what I’ve learned in this program to write for nonprofit organizations and NGOs. 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ariellesimone/

Puneet Wagh

puneet

It was during my three-year bachelor’s program in media and communications that I was drawn to writing as a career. After working in India as a copywriter/social media executive for nearly two years, I felt the need to become a more technique-savvy writer. That’s where the Professional Writing and Communications program came in. 

In just two semesters, I’ve furthered my storytelling, digital writing, editing, research and project management skills. The best part is that, with the internship, I can test these skills out in Toronto’s challenging writing industry. I’m glad that coming to Humber has proved to be the right choice.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/puneetwagh/

Sean White

sean

I received my Bachelors of Music from Humber College and worked for several years as a jazz trumpet player and composer, but after discovering how much I enjoyed writing reviews and blogs about music and film, I decided to return to Humber.

The Professional Writing and Communications program was the perfect opportunity to learn the skills in storytelling and editing that I needed to refine my writing. Also, I found a kind and supportive writing community with my fellow classmates. I’m excited to continue to explore the writing community through my internship and see where it will take me.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanwhite01/

Risa de Rege

Risa de RegeI decided to do this program because writing has always been one of my strengths so I figured I might as well build on those skills and hopefully do something productive with them.

I am interested in editing and the overall writing process; I like working with existing content as much as I like creating it.

I also enjoy writing fiction, and I’m interested in exploring non-conventional forms of storytelling. But as with any art form, you have to know the rules before you can play with or break them.

So far in this program I strengthened the writing skills I developed while an undergraduate and have come to understand how good writing is so vital across so many industries. Anything that’s written, from a street sign to a novel, can be done poorly, and I want to be the one who can avoid that.

Sarah Dziedzic

I’m a current student of professional writing and communications at Humber College and I received a BA from Western University in English Language and Literature with a minor in history. Beyond books, my interests include American history, technology, entertainment and pop-culture.

My work history is a bit of a mixed bag – from administration to food and beverage – but throughout every experience I’ve come to realize my strength in communications.

This program accurately combines my interest in writing with my strength in communications. As well, it provides the practical experience necessary to have an edge in an unstable economy and competitive industry. While jobs in writing seem few are far between, everyone in the program, from professors to peers, are nothing but encouraging and supportive.

Sarah Fox

I am a writer/editor interested in human rights, international development and environmental sustainability. I dabble in politics and have a passion for comedy. I have an educational background in journalism and human rights and have experience working as a freelance reporter.

My goal is to get into copywriting, editing and/or internal communications. As an advocate for human rights, international development and environmental sustainability, my ideal job would allow me to contribute my skills to a non-profit organization.

My favourite, most expensive hobbies include traveling and scuba diving. I enjoy engaging in deep conversation and debate about the fate of humanity, for free.  I also like to swim, laugh, and spending time with friends, family and animals.

Humber's Professional Writing and Communications program has encouraged me to put myself out there through social media, steer myself towards an attainable niche and taught me to perfect my craft.

Eileen Magill

I am an aspiring writer from Toronto, Ontario. I graduated from Trent University in 2015 with a BA (Hons.) in English Literature and am now attending Humber’s Professional Writing and Communications program. I hope to one-day write about human rights and social issues for a non-profit organization or publication. In my spare time, I write about the latest TV show I binge watched over the weekend, books I enjoyed, or cultural events I attended. I am an avid reader of The Walrus, Macleans, The Atlantic, and The Globe and Mail. I am also very infatuated with my cat, Leo Tolstoy, who is most likely not infatuated with me.

This past semester in the PWRT program has helped me progress greatly in my writing. I find I can write more creatively. I am familiar with the type of writing and structure of many different types of mediums such as reports, press releases, briefing notes, blogs, articles, and more. Most importantly, this program gave me the tools and the confidence to land an intern position at a PR firm and to get some of my writing published.

Patricia Phelan

I’ve always wanted to work as a writer.  In the Professional Writing and Communications program at Humber I’ve discovered the range of options open to writers.

I’ve learned practical skills in interviewing, storytelling, editing, and research. I’ve grown creatively and the program has challenged me to become more adept at digital writing and strategic planning.

As students, we became a community of writers learning from instructors who are already in the field and from guest speakers who write in various industry sectors. We are all looking forward to internships that Humber arranges for us so we can gain experience and ease into the marketplace.

This one-year program is giving me tools I can carry into the workplace with confidence. I want to contribute to making the world a better place through my writing skills and Humber is giving me this chance.

Natalie Richard

My name is Natalie and I am a multi-disciplinary writer with a background in printmaking and drawing. I received a BFA from McMaster University. My interest in pursuing communications drove me to the Professional Writing and Communications program at Humber College. Through engaging projects, dedicated instructors and the support of my peers I feel that I am not only learning employable skills but earning a positive post-graduate experience. 

The Professional Writing and Communications program has given me a new skill set that I can carry into multiple sectors. I am proud of the portfolio that I have developed during my time at Humber. To learn more about the fundamentals of the writing and editing process alongside communication planning skills is exactly what I had hoped to gain from the program. I look forward to where the abilities I have earned here will take me.

Cristina Williams

Cristina Williams

I’m a writer with over 15 years of experience working in a branding and design studio. My copy has appeared on consumer goods packaging for Canada Bread, Corby, General Mills, Heinz, Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods, Kraft Canada, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc., Mondelez and Tim Hortons.

My education includes an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto and a Specialized Honours B.A. in English from York University. I am now working towards an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Communications from Humber College. I have already acquired new skills such as interviewing and digital writing, and have strengthened my storytelling, editing and research skills.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing fiction. I have written plays, published short stories and am now working on picture books. I also paint and am passionate about art, creativity, and health and wellness. On completing the Humber program, I hope to expand my reach to explore different areas of writing.