SHORT STORY

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Originally from Saskatchewan, I am a freelance writer, video producer, director, and story editor living in Toronto, Canada. Work history includes thirteen years in corporate communications/branded content at CNW Group and prior to that, seven years in drama/doc/lifestyle/factual TV production. I also teach creative writing for Sarah Selecky's Story Is a State of Mind School and am an alumnus of the Banff Wired Writing Studio. My writing has been published in Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II, Taddle Creek, and ELLE Canada. I was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit awards, longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize, and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Moving Parts is my first book. 

LONGER STORY

I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, went to theatre school at Dawson College in Montreal and have traveled throughout Canada and Europe including Ukraine and Israel. I have taught English as a second language, am a former fitness instructor, and speak French. I currently live in Toronto with my husband and two cats.  

In addition the awards and lists above, I was longlisted for Fish Publishing’s Flash Fiction contest (Ireland) and won the first ever Montreal English Critique’s Circle Awards for Best New Text in 1999 for my stage play, Call Me, a one act comedy about tele dating.  I have studied with Canadian authors Annabel Lyon, Sarah Selecky, Zsuzsi GartnerPasha Malla, and Peter Levitt.

BROADCAST & THEATRE

TV credits include: producer, food reporter, researcher, writer, location manager, and production secretary for networks: CBC Newsworld/RDI, TV5,  SRC (Société Radio-Canada), ARTV, APTN, TVO, W Network, National Geographic Channel, YTV, Fox and the History Channel. 

I have also written and produced scripts for stage, radio and short film.

SKYDIVING & WRITING

That's me in the white helmet.
Here's the VIDEO to go with it.

I am a member of the The Writers' Union of Canada, the Toronto Women's Writing Salon and the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association.  

I write about the parallels between writing and skydiving here.

CREATIVE WRITING TEACHER

I am a teacher for Sarah Selecky’s Story Is a State of Mind Story Intensive course and The Story Workshop. Here is what some of my students have said: 

I find your work and so much of what you post, brilliant. Clear. Helpful. Inspiring. Thank you for being here with us and for making it fun and visually stimulating, always!
— Jennifer Wickham, The Story Workshop, 2017
Lana, your skillful, gentle-but-direct, and thoughtful editorial care-taking was such a huge gift to me. I have yet to really get into all the revisions that came from our Workshop, but I am more and more excited to do it.
— Hilary Fair, The Story Workshop 2017
Lana, thank you, once again, for everything you brought to the table. You are a gifted teacher, and because of your wise, insightful, and astute counsel, I am leaving this workshop a better writer.
— Maureen Lee, The Story Workshop, 2017
Your class has been incredible.
— Sidura Ludwig, The Story Workshop, 2017
Lana, I can’t say enough… of you as a teacher and guide, and of the members of our group. There was so much packed into the workshop experience, wisdoms and notes and examples and so many leads to more, so many little rivulets.
— Anouchka Freybe, The Story Workshop 2017
Lana was so enthusiastic about sharing her own experiences and passions with us, always putting new items in the Writing Resources folder. She was wonderfully timely and interactive with our comments and generous with praise and affirmation. You always felt that you could write her about a problem. And she really made us feel like a group, I think. Everyone contributed to that to some extent, of course, but she set the tone for that. Although virtual, it felt like a very real group to me.
— Ailisha O’Sullivan, SSM grad 2015
She obviously cared about us, respected our work, and kept in touch with each one of us. She encouraged, motivated, and would post pertinent articles, etc. on the resource page. I was very impressed with her, overall.
— Maureen Lee, SSM grad 2015