PFAU UPDATES & RESOURCES
Pausing the Podcast for the Summer
We will be pausing our podcast for the summer in order to work on making updates on the website and relaunching Fall 2021. Of course, you can listen to all past podcast posts by going through our blog here. We will still be active on social media regularly posting writing tips, as well […]
Starting Your Own Creative Business: Interview with Mary and Penelope
We interviewed Penelope and Mary, two sisters on a mission to create empowering relatable designs that highlight social issues, about starting your own business without a business degree. The professional world isn’t exactly the same as generations before us. People change careers often, work multiple jobs or gigs, and often prefer to work […]
Starting Your Own Creative Business: Podcast Episode Live!
We interview Penelope and Mary, who are two sisters on a mission to create empowering relatable designs that highlight social issues that they feel deserve a spotlight, about starting your own creative business without a business degree. The professional world isn’t exactly the same as generations before us. People change careers often, work multiple jobs […]
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Linh S. Nguyễn
Creative Writing & Self-Reflection Coach Linh is a Vietnamese-Canadian writer who specializes in #OwnVoices children’s literature and creative non-fiction. Her debut middle-grade portal fantasy novel is currently on submission, and she is represented by Emmy Nordstrom Higdon of Westwood Creative Artists. Linh currently works as the creative writing & self-reflection coach at PfauAcademicWrite. Linh also works as a freelance consultant and workshop facilitator. She has taught with non-profit organizations and in classrooms. Her classes focus on the intersection between writing and self-reflection. Outside of classes, Linh is assionate about storytelling and creating communities for underrepresented artists in mainstream media.
Academic Editor & Coach Amanda Christie comes from a family of teachers and professors, and graduated with a BAH in Global Development Studies and Gender Studies from Queen's University in 2012. Since then she has worked on research projects with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Newcomer Women's Services, and Singing Out. She also coordinated a youth drop-in centre for several years, which allowed her to present at several conferences throughout Ontario. Amanda has worked with youth and adults, editing essays and assignments, polishing university applications, and assisting with English language skills. From a small town in Ontario, Amanda has enjoyed travelling from a young age, having been throughout Canada and the United States, spending time in the UK and France, visiting Turkey and Morocco, and participating in an exchange trip with the Mushuau Innu First Nation in Natuashish, Newfoundland and Labrador. The place she's enjoyed living in the most was Cape Breton Island. When she isn't working or volunteering, Amanda enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and playing board games.
Writing & Grad School Admissions Coach Yiwei Jin recently graduated with an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, specializing in Asian studies and comparative politics. His graduate research involved original field research in Taiwan funded through a grant competition. Since then he has published research on the Taiwan Gazette and presented his findings at UofT’s Asian Institute and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He is currently working for the Law and Design CoLab, a nonprofit focused on amplifying the efforts of legal advocacy through design methods, as well as interning at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He will be starting Law School at the University of Toronto in Fall 2020. Born in Guangzhou, China, Yiwei is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean, in addition to English. Before attending graduate school, he wrote for a magazine in China and taught English in South Korea. He loves helping people get ahead and cares a great deal about his students. His teaching style revolves around identifying issue areas and building capacity, whether it is in writing skills, research know-how, analytical reasoning, or subject-specific understanding. Outside of academic work, Yiwei enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and wandering down interesting paths outside.
CEO, Founder, and Senior Coach Lisa grew up in rural Alberta, Canada debating politics with her father, writing articles for the school newspaper, and running the students’ council. Determined to make a difference in the world, she headed off to the University of Alberta to study Political Science and History. Over the course of her degree, she became progressively interested in China and eventually traveled abroad in 2004 to teach English and study Chinese. This time abroad opened her eyes to her passion and talent for teaching others. She returned to Canada to pursue her Master of Arts at the University of Toronto, where she assisted Professors in teaching Political Science courses and continued to tutor students on the side, not only in the Social Sciences and Humanities, but her true passions – writing and critical thinking. After graduating in 2007, she worked in public policy and research, including: as a political intern at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and a Research Coordinator at the University of Toronto. These experiences provided Lisa with the knowledge and networks to help her clients transition from academic to professional life. She published her first short story in 2010 and currently enjoys teaching Creative Writing and Research Essay Writing courses and workshops at PFAU: Academic Writing and upon invitation to other educational institutions, such as the University of Toronto. Over the past 15 years, she has mentored over 100 clients in reading/writing fundamentals, critical thinking, research proficiency, organizational skills, and academic/career goal setting, as well as, research papers, scholarship proposals, and grad/professional school applications. Finally, she has edited numerous graduate theses, dissertations, and publications in all fields - from engineering to literature. Lisa enjoys the continuous learning and refinement involved in the writing process. Mostly though, she enjoys connecting with her students, and helping them to reach their full potential on the page, and in life.