Amir Ahmed (HBA 2011)
Copywriter, Author, Instructional Design and Workplace Coach
From a young age, Amir Ahmed wanted to write stories for a living. This desire continued into university, inspiring Ahmed to enroll in the Professional Writing and Communications program at UTM, knowing it would teach him how to write.
“The program sounded like something that would ground me in real world applications,” said Ahmed, who also enrolled in English to expose himself to a variety of literary writing styles. While at UTM, Amir put his classroom learning into practice as the features editor at The Medium, and recalls his time with the student paper as “one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.”
After graduating in 2011, Ahmed completed a master’s degree in adult education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the Beijing Culture and Language University. His professional writing experience includes instructional modules, training materials and corporate copy, as well as a style guide for parody news site, The Beaverton.
Ahmed hopes to create learning materials on a variety of cultural skills such as martial arts, performance arts and traditional craftsmanship. He hopes the documents will help to preserve endangered or little-known cultural traditions so they can be reinvigorated and reintroduced to the public sphere.
Author: Larissa Ho, Communications Intern, Alumni Relations, University of Toronto Mississauga, 2015
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