I’m Courtney Tait–writer, editor, + creator of THE NINE, an interview series featuring insightful conversations with creative people.
I believe words hold huge power and potential, and I strive to harness this power in every piece of work I put out into the world.
As a writer of articles and non-fiction stories, I craft fresh, compelling prose on people, culture, travel, home design, fashion, and lifestyle—striving to evoke the senses, emotions and imagination.
As an editor, I help writers develop their voice and streamline their syntax, giving in-depth, line-by-line guidance with a straight-up, soulful approach.
Merging my skills, I work with small businesses to shape their message into copy that’s striking, authentic, and high-impact—engaging their clients in ways that create relationships and profit.
A Brief Jaunt Through My Backstory
Not so long ago…I backpacked through India, Indonesia, and Cambodia for 15 weeks with my fiance Joe, capturing the experience through stories, photos, and videos on my blog Free Bird 105.
Before that, I lived in South Korea for two years, teaching English and writing to kids and university students, writing articles for Eloquence Magazine and Korea How, and breaking into the blogging world with my digital home Coco Busan.
Pre-Korea, I sold custom homes for Spring Lake Ranch, a real-estate development in Edmonton, Alberta. I also wrote, edited, and consulted for the company’s marketing department, and currently create content for their sales newsletters and events, advertising campaigns, website, and social media.
I’ve been schooled by some of the best writing professors in Canada, at the University of Victoria, where in 2009 I completed my B.A. with distinction in Creative Writing and Journalism.There I spent hundreds of hours discussing, analyzing, and exploring creative non-fiction, poetry, journalism, and magazine writing in workshops with widely-published professors and talented students who have since become published authors, journalists, and writing-award recipients. These have been my teachers and my peers, and I’m honoured to have studied the written word with them.
Nine True Things
1. Alongside writing, travel is my biggest passion. I’ve backpacked throughout Western Europe (in Birkenstocks, which were cool back then), sailed along the Nile on a Feluka boat in Egypt, hauled a guitar around South East Asia, motorbiked (passenger style) across an island in the Philippines, and slept on several overnight trains in India, one of which re-ignited my fear of claustrophobia. While on the road, my fundraising techniques have included working the phones in a Northern England telebanking office, cleaning glass-bottom boats in Israel, selling art supplies in Australia, and serving flat-white coffees on the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The list of places I want to see on the planet just gets longer.
2. When I was nine, I told my mom I wanted be an author. Aside from an adolescent dream of becoming an actress and living in New York City, the writing path has stuck with me.
3. I was born in Canada’s ‘Paris of the prairies’—Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but grew up mostly in Victoria, B.C.—a gorgeous city on Vancouver Island.
4. I’m highly analytical and deeply empathetic, which can make for a busy brain and a very full heart. I nurture both with brisk walks and yoga. Thankfully, these same traits are also what make me a good editor.
5. I love vintage furniture and am exploring the art of upcycling. One of my secret dreams is to own a shop filled with treasures I’ve found and fixed up.
6. My friendships are a huge part of my world. I spend a lot of time listening, talking, laughing, and keeping in touch with the people I love. This is one of the greatest gifts life has given me.
7. The wildest place I’ve ever visited is Varanasi, India. I wrote about the experience here.
8. When I was five my divorced parents pulled my brother and I out of school for nine months and took us on a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Divorced! Travelling together—on a very tight budget—because they wanted their kids to see the world. I’m eternally grateful for this. (You can read about my mom here and my dad here.)
I’d love to hear from you!