My work was first published when I was seven years old, in the pages of Chickadee magazine. It was a short piece, unpaid, but a great source of pride. “What kind of shoes do chickens wear?” it went. This experience taught me about magazine lead times. They’d credited me as “Heather Cleland, 6” but between the time I submitted my work and the issue’s newsstand date, I’d turned seven. This is also when I learned about righteous indignation and the value of fact checking, but before I’d learned about suing for libel. What could have been…
Since then, my writing has appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, The Grid, The Hairpin, The Georgia Straight, The Huffington Post, Cooler Magazine, Yukon Magazine and on CBC Radio, Spinner.ca and others. I also travelled — 29 countries in 9 months in 2009 — and was one of The Loop‘s travel writers for five years.
Along the way, I picked up a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University, which included four months inside The Walrus magazine’s award-winning digital team and recognition as my cohort’s top student in editorial theory and practice. I also have a bachelor of arts in sociology and journalism from the University of Victoria and ten years of experience in marketing, digital communications, brand strategy and media relations.
By the way… They wear Ree-bok-bok-boks.