Please write and ask if you wish for help either for writing help or as a student mentor. My approach to every child and teenager is a combination of my teaching experiences and counselling training. My method is one of intellectual engagement as well as the establishing of a solid academic foundation. I also seek to find my students' strengths, work through certain blind spots and use any ensuing wisdom as a stepping stone to deal with their other challenges.
I graduated with a post-graduate diploma in Media Studies
from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Monash University, Australia. I have since finished some Graduate Diploma courses in Education and Psychology at UBC.
Starting out in Australia, I worked as a writer and designer for both a publishing office, Employ Publishing, and a media company, Blackmoore AV (now called Encore Productions).
In Canada, I started out in theatre with Vancouver's then Women in View Festival and the Asian (Heritage) Festival as a playwright and director where UBC lecturer and co-Founder of the WIV Fest., Kathleen Weiss, also mentored me
in drama writing.
Theatre highlights include being an assistant to the late John Julianni for the Amazing Siamese Twins play and directing "Fly on the Wall"
for the BC Federation of Labour Conference.
While apprenticing with Insight Film Studios under the mentorship of Kirk Shaw, I worked on documentaries bought
by History Channel until finally directing my own documentary "Un-chartered Areas" featuring Sam Sullivan, Bonnie Sherr Klein and other participants such as Rick Hansen. I have since written for media including radio, and print including
for CityTV, CTV Montreal and SCN.
Armed with a love for educational psychology and teaching, I have since taught Grammar and Communication from 2001 in
various schools including Elite Educational Institute, International Language School of Canada and Lynnwood School. The writing programs I've designed have been used at various prep schools. Perhaps what I have enjoyed most is mentoring students and helping them believe in themselves, enough to have courage and wonder in such a terribly competitive world they live in, enough to discover what they would like to do as their own chosen vocation.
"A Great Undying".
Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition, Literary Short Story
2017 Honourable mention, out of 5000 International Entries
"When A Chicken Talks to a Duck"
Fish Publishing Short Story Prize
2016/17 Long-list out of 1300 International Entries
"The Hum of a Hundred Airplanes" Short Story Collection, Manuscript. (Previously "A Great Undying" Short Story Manuscript)
2015 Short-list for the Asian Canadian Emerging Writer's Book Award
"Let the Anvil Sing"
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
2014 Honourable mention, out of 938 International Entries
"The Principle of Uncertainty According to Hal Bruno"
2007 Semi-finalist, Write-movies Competition
2007 Honourable mention, Script Savvy Competition
"Slip" Drama Script
Eighth finalist of the 2006 Page International Screenwriting Awards, 2500 worldwide script entries.
Quarter finalist of the 2006
Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, 1285 script entries.
"Madam White Snake & Billy Buckwheat" Television Drama
Winner of 2003 CityTV "Vancouver's Story Initiatives"
Winner, Drama Competition with 4 other broadcast license
"Fly On the Wall", Full Length Play
1997 Finalist of the Canadian National Play Competition, Theatre BC.Full Length Comedy
1995 Winner of the Women in View Festival Recommender Award and Dramaturgy award