Word Work

Creative Non-fiction & Poetry

Please read!

  • About your extradition...here
  • No Business Knitting here
  • Pilgrim's Petition here
  • Taking Inventory here
  • Easter 2020 here

Informational Writing 

I love working with words and since 1989 have applied that love to the field of dispute resolution. Now, I wordsmith for a broader constituency, including people who want to refine or finalize what they have written for themselves.  

     Currently, I serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal and as editor of Spiritus, the periodic newsletter of  Christ Church Deer Park Anglican Church in Toronto.

     As an editor, I help individuals, teams, and organizations clarify their thoughts and express themselves plainly to their intended audiences. I have edited works such as  

  • arbitration awards  
  • columns & opinion pieces  
  • committee decisions  
  • policies & procedures  
  • organizational profiles.  

     As an informational writer, I develop reports, newsletters, course materials, case studies, and more for others. Commissioned writing has included  

  • independent program reviews  
  • position papers  
  • program-specific materials such as FAQs, feedback instruments, information bulletins, intake guides, and standardized scripts & templates.  

     I have also published my own books, essays, and articles, including Bypass Court: A Dispute Resolution Handbook, (LexisNexis, 2015). 

Radio   

IDEAS is a CBC Radio One documentary show about contemporary issues. Over the years I have contributed to the following shows: 

The Trouble with Tolerance, a 3-part show, broadcast in 2015 as an “Ideas Classic.” Originally created in 2007, it wrestles with the nature and meaning of tolerance in a diverse society.   

When Families Start Talking, a 2-part show, that looks at the conversations families do and don’t have about money, inheritances, care-giving, death, and other hot-button topics.   

Changing the Workplace that examines what makes organizational change so compelling and why so many deliberate change initiatives fail.   

Dispute Resolution, a show created when alternative dispute resolution was in its infancy. It discusses the ideas behind the techniques and follows the mediation of issues between a chartered bank and one of its customers.