Zoey Duncan is a freelance writer in Calgary, Alberta. Her writing has been called “edgy” and has been nominated for three Canadian community newspaper awards, but she tries not to blush too much.

She’s East Village’s Resident Ambassador in 2015-16.

This blog is a space for her to write about writing, try out some jokes and meet other writers. Beyond the craft of writing, topics here have included women in sports, travel, apartment life, and life in Calgary.

Zoey’s freelance career has included projects for CBC (Hyperlocal), Avenue Magazine, Calgary is Awesome, Fast Forward Weekly and several pieces for the Calgary Herald.

Zoey’s first co-authored book, written with Calgary surgeon and professor Dr. Norman Schachar, is The Department: A Surgeon’s Memories… Before I Forget. It was published by ZEDS in June 2015.

<a href=”mailto:zoey@zoeywrites.com”>Email Zoey</a>

Speaking & Readings

Zoey regularly speaks to Mount Royal University journalism students on topics including online journalism, sits as chair of The Reflector publication society board, and was a panel speaker at MRU in October 2013 to talk about covering the Alberta Floods with the Calgary Herald’s web production team.

Zoey also reads her own work out in the public. Check out her story about (sort of) becoming vegetarian, presented at Happy Endings Aug. 2014. Zoey read an excerpt of her fiction at the annual Writing In the Works in April 2015. She was a speaker for 400 seconds at PechaKucha Night Calgary #23 when the theme was “Jam” and she taught the crowd about roller derby.

Zoey, along with ZEDS, presented at When Words Collide 2014, a writing conference in Calgary Aug. 8-10. The ZEDS team presented Putting Your Wit in Twitter (For Writers) and Writing the Joke That is Your Life.

Zoey is available to speak to large and small groups on topics of: writing as a career, online journalism, social media, humour and blogging. Workshops on those topics and more are available through ZEDS. You can book her or just say hello via zoey[at]zoeywrites.com.

“It was a treat and a valuable learning experience having Zoey talk to our Online Journalism class at Mount Royal University. She provided up-to-date information and analysis about the always-evolving digital media landscape. She was forthright in her answers to students’ questions and her experience in the online world was extremely beneficial to students facing an uncertain future in media. Zoey is also fun and funny, making the presentation a low-key and enjoyable affair. She is welcome any time.”

—J. Ian Tennant, PhD, MRU Journalism Instructor

“I had the pleasure of having Zoey speak as a guest mentor at a Youth Are Awesome steering committee meeting, which is made up of about 30 youth ages 12-18 who are bloggers for the www.youthareawesome.com website and volunteers at Youth Central. Zoey was exceptionally engaging, captivating everyone in the room with stories of how she grew into a journalist and sharing tips and tricks of the trade. In just over an hour, she made a huge impression on the youth bloggers, with many of them opening their eyes to the world of journalism and considering embarking upon a similar career path to Zoey. She was eloquent and great at providing answers to tough questions. She was incredibly inspirational and I wouldn’t hesitate to have her back.”

—Jennifer Atkinson, Communications and Program Coordinator, Youth Central

Facilitating & Training

Zoey instructs regularly in both the art of comedy writing and social media. Often she combines them (she finds this a valuable way of gaining hilarious new Twitter followers).

Check out the latest class schedule at Wit & Writing. Here’s what a recent student said about a Wit & Writing intro to blogging workshop run by Zoey:

“Zoey helped us focus, gave us clear queries and guided us with wit & patience. Fun to connect with witty women writers.”

—Isabella D.

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