Suzanne BownessWith over 17 years of experience as a writer and editor, I’ve crafted everything from magazine features to newspaper articles to web stories.


I write for the Globe and Mail, University Affairs, and other publications. I’m a strong generalist with specialties in areas such as higher education, careers, business, technology, and books.


Through my copywriting business, CodeWord Communications, I’ve helped organizations with everything from web site copy, brochures, news releases, case studies, direct mail campaigns and annual reports.


I’ve worked as the editor of the bi-monthly technology trade magazine Information Highways and related newsletters. I’ve also worked as a web designer, so I’m SEO-enabled and social media savvy.

I started my career as Online Editor at the late Saturday Night magazine. Working there inspired me to write a master’s thesis on the magazine’s early history (it was founded in 1887) and undertake a doctorate that focused on other nineteenth century Canadian magazines.


In completing a PhD in English literature at the University of Ottawa, I strengthened my research and writing skills. The dissertation boosted my experience with archival research and challenged my abilities to organize a longer document.


I now teach writing part-time at Humber College. I recently helped to launch and develop a new one-year post-graduate Professional Writing and Communications program, now in its third year.

Creative writer

Outside of the 9-5, I am also a creative writer. I published my first book of poetry, The Days You’ve Spent, with Tightrope Books (2010), and I am working on several other creative projects. In 2006, I won the Canadian National One-Act Playwriting Competition.


I am web director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series. I am also a longtime volunteer with the Professional Writers Association of Canada, as former Ottawa chapter president and Toronto chapter vice president of membership, and current Toronto chapter board member and editor of the Networds blog. I also belong to the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Editors Canada.