Who I Am

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Writers live twice.

These were the words of my second-year writing professor, and they have stayed with me for more than a decade as I’ve written my way through a degree in Creative Writing and Journalism, three personal blogs, more than 200 magazine articles, and a range of client projects.

I write because the process gives shape to my life. Through exploring the what and the how and mostly the why, I gain clarity on who I am and where I’ve been. (And why, hopefully, any of it matters.) Writing illuminates my experiences. I live, and through the reflection and expression of writing, re-live. This exploration is both enriching and difficult, joyful and tedious — less a personal choice than a soul-driven necessity. It has called to me since I was a young girl sitting on a lake shore in Saskatchewan, writing letters each summer to my friends on Vancouver Island. It connects me. It sustains me. Writing makes me feel like me.

I was born in Canada and grew up mostly in Victoria, B.C. Living near the ocean and forests instilled in me a love for the West Coast, which I consider a part of my identity. Since strapping on my first (big) backpack at 18, I have travelled or lived throughout Europe, the Middle East, S.E. Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and India. I currently live in the Bay Area with my husband Joe and our cats, Wizard and Marlow.

In 2008 I started writing professionally, taking on copywriting and editing projects while completing my B.A. In 2012 I launched my business, providing writing and editing services that range from website and ad copy to brand development and manuscript editing. My clients are a mix of solo entrepreneurs, small businesses, and creative people of all kinds. Along with client projects I write for magazines, most recently the Canadian publication Fine Lifestyles and the Portland quarterly About Face. You can find a sampling of my client and magazine work on my portfolio, and learn more about working with me here.

On this site, I share pieces of my life and perspective, interviews with writers and artists, thoughts on travel, books, film, music, poetry, the creative process, and anything else that inspires. I believe that sharing stories connects people to each other. This sense of connection brings me deep fulfillment.

New here? You might enjoy these (most popular) posts:

On Transitions. And the West Coast. And a Bunch of Other Stuff.

On Marriage, Year One: Teamwork, Dirty Socks, and a Magic Phrase

Thoughts on Living in the ‘Land of the Free’

Inside my Best Friend’s Home: Vancouver Apartment Tour

When my Dad was 29

Joe’s (Amazing) Popcorn Recipe

48 Hours in Seattle (Not Your Typical City Guide)

Mom Turns 60: A Thank You

Relationship Wisdom from My Ladies

A Story of Cousins

On Patience. And Spring in Saskatoon. And Meeting My Future Husband

Interviews

Author Eve Joseph on the Irrational Madness of Writing

Stars Keyboardist Chris Seligman on Band Personalities and Pre-Show Rituals

Leaning to the Light: Portland Artist Sean Kalley

Wedding Photographer Michel Feist on What to Know Before Going Pro

Musician Adam Kittredge on the Challenges of Artistic Collaboration

Visual Artist Andie Nicole on Cultivating Creativity and Her Version of Magic

Printmaker Dan Quinton on Confidence and the Canadian Landscape

Travel Photographer Peter DeMarco on Following Your Vision and Befriending Nomads

 

Want to hire me, say hello, or enquire about a project? Contact me at courtney@courtneytait.com.

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