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RELEVANT WORK HISTORY

Jan 2015Present

DIGITAL COPYWRITER

Whitecap Canada Inc.
  • CONTEXT: Whitecap is a boutique web design agency in Toronto.
  • CURRENT PROJECT: I am working alongside three in-house designers and two computer programmers to design the company's new website (launching September 2015). 
  • SPECIAL INITIATIVES: In February, I initiated a bi-weekly blog series on LinkedIn Pulse that almost doubled weekly traffic to our current site. 
Jan 2015Present

AUDIOBOOKS NARRATOR (PRO BONO)

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) 
  • CONTEXT: The CNIB distributes audiobooks to visually impaired people across Canada.  
  • CURRENT PROJECTS:  What I do is a lot like voice acting, except more sedate. I work in a recording studio once a week narrating fictional and non-fictional texts. The CNIB mostly publishes audiobook versions of recent Canadian fiction. This year, I've worked on Caroline Adderson's "Ellen in Pieces" and Mireille Silcof's "Chez L'Arabe."
May 2013Sep 2013

PUBLIC RELATIONS SUMMER STUDENT

Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • CONTEXT: I was one of five students hired as part of the Ontario Legislature's (paid) summer internship program.
  • PROJECTS: I curated exhibits about the the history of the parliament and wrote tour scripts. I also did a lot of weekend event-planning. 
  • SPECIAL INITIATIVES: I introduced a program for local families that attracted roughly 150 visitors a week. This involved writing and starring in my own educational play, where I acted the part of "Inspector Parliament," a gregarious but hapless fictional sleuth.
Sep 2012Sep 2013

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Incite Magazine (McMaster University)
  • CONTEXT: Incite is a campus magazine that provides students with a platform to publish amateur fiction, satirical reportage, and political commentary.
  • DUTIES:  Headline writing, feature writing, editorial work, team leadership, administrative/executive tasks, and fundraising. 
  • SPECIAL INITIATIVES: During my time as editor-in-chief I Instituted a ‘Flash Fiction Contest’ that increased the magazine's readership by 1,000 copies a month. I also led a team of 8 production staff in a fundamental redesign of the structure and layout of the magazine, introducing major new sections, which included features like: "Things You Won't Find at the Toronto International Film Festival" and "Sexual Confessions of a Model UN Delegate." 
  • NOTES: After the success of the Flash Fiction contest I instituted, Incite Magazine now hosts an annual contest (and they are nice enough to invite me every year). 

EDUCATION

Oct 2013Nov 2014

MSc. HISTORY

University of Oxford

THESIS: "Hysterical Food Refusal Among Victorian Women" 

CLUBS & SOCIETIES: Staff writer at The Oxford Student, Editor at The Romulus, and member of the Failed Novelists Society.

Sep 2009May 2012

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)

McMaster University

THESIS: English Literature: "Hysteria and Hypochondria in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain"

CLUBS & SOCIETIES: Editor at Incite Magazine, President of McMaster Model UN Club, Undergraduate Student Admissions Representative, Teaching Assistant, and Actor at the McMaster Thespian Club

FREELANCE PORTFOLIO

You can find my work in The Globe and Mail, The Oxford Student, Buzzfeed, BlogTO, Room Magazine, and other publicationsLinks to these articles can be found on my LinkedIn Profile (https://ca.linkedin.com/in/katherinesinclair). I also have an essay, "Writers are Designers," set to appear in A List Apart next month. 

AWARDS

  • Laura Dodson Prize | 2009-2013 | Outstanding Overall Achievement 
  • H.L Hooker Scholarship | 2009-2013 | Academic Top 5% 
  • Dean's List | 2009-2013 | Academic top 10% 
  • Barbara Francis Scholarship | 2012 | Academic Excellence and Leadership 
  • Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals | 2011 | Best Essay, East Asian History
  • Herbert M. Jenkins Award | 2010 | Academic Excellence
  • President's Award | 2009-2013 | Entrance Scholarship, GPA +95% (4.0)
  • Antonia Pinelli Pathfinder Award | 2005-2009 | Highest Graduating GPA