Alumni News

Alumni Spotlight

PWC works with talented, highly motivated student writers. Many go on to publish writing or work in public positions. Because of this, PWC has many success stories that show the depth and reach of the program. Many of our alumni report back regularly on their post-graduate activities.


Emily Davidson (PWC/CCIT Major, 2010) reports that Bell Canada has hired her as a Bell Web Specialist to plan strategies and write content for the Bell Canada Business Solutions website: Emily writes that she produced a copy of the book she published for WRI420: Making a Book during the interview. Emily reports that the interview “stressed writing and content creation with a strong focus on making content web readable and searchable by Google and other search engines.”

Astrid Poei (PWC/English, 2003) works as an Issues and Media Relations 
Analyst for the Ontario Government's Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, monitoring and anticipating issues that may impact media/government relations. Over her career, Astrid has written for the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Reuters, St. Catharines Standard, Hamilton Spectator, 24 hours, Mississauga News and UTM’s student newspaper The Medium, among others. She now pursues a Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Toronto and is working on her first fiction novel. 

Jillian McKelvey (PWC/Women’s Gender Studies Major, 2008) reports that she applied to 10 university and college Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) writing programs in the United States. Nine programs accepted her on the basis of the portfolio she put together in PWC. The college that refused her does not accept any international students. Jillian recommends the creative writing mfa handbook by Tom Kealey as a guide to applying to these programs. Jillian now studies in the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College in Brookline, Massachusetts. She expects to graduate with her MFA in January 2012. 

David Esposto (PWC/CCIT Major) reports that his PWC internship working at XCINO, an IT management and software development company in Mississauga, has led to a full-time position as a copywriter. David, who will soon graduate, also writes sports news and features as a freelancer for publications such as Soccer 360 Magazine, Soccer Italia Magazine, ESPN Soccernet and 6YardBox

Moath Hamed (Biology, 2009) recently published “Seedo”, a story about his grandfather, in the Weill Cornell Medical College Writing Journal Between Seminar Rooms. Moath wrote “Seedo” for an assignment in PWC’s WRI203H: Expressive Writing course. He now pursues medical studies at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. 

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