Writing and Editing as Education
Writing and editing are educational activities. When I write, I often seek to share my knowledge and understanding of the topic at hand. When I edit, I am helping the writer to organize and express his or her thoughts in a clear, intelligible, and convincing manner. As a writer and editor, I learn a tremendous amount and help my client to do likewise.
Nature and Historical Interpreter
I have had a long involvement with informal educational sites. I spent nine years working as a Park Interpreter (six of them as Visitor Services contract administrator), creating and performing one-person shows, conducting walks, and organizing special events and children’s programs. I was also a snowshoe guide for several winters.
More recently, I have worked at a museum as an historical interpreter, interacting with the public and school groups. I also support front-line educational work as an exhibit and program researcher, and as a participant in special events. I have given illustrated talks to various museum groups.
For several summers, I taught a course in educational history at The University of British Columbia. The course focused on BC, covering the various eras in the province’s school system and considering various themes regarding the nature and purposes of public education.
I was privileged to teach courses for Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies in writing local history. My role was less as a “teacher” and more as a “facilitator”: students had their own writing projects, and I sought to encourage and assist them with their research and writing.
I am comfortable presenting my work to public audiences. I have provided Power Point shows to museums, historical societies, conferences, school groups, and others. I have been interviewed by newspaper and television reporters, and have spoken live on radio.
I really am a museum blacksmith. This is not the same as a journeyman blacksmith, but I have fun pounding iron — or mild steel — nonetheless. I have taught introductory course several times. The craft of blacksmithing can be likened to the craft of wordsmithing: both require patience and persistence, both combine art and science, and both require considerable training for proficiency. And it is possible to overdo both: too many words is like overheating or overhammering–one must know when to stop. Have a look at some of my work here.