Bethany Horne

 

I have been passionate about writing since childhood, when I kept my parents entertained with short stories and tall tales about the birds and animals who visited our rural Massachusetts home. The only child of two speech and language pathologists, I followed in the footsteps of my parents and graduated University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2005.

My deep-rooted zest for writing and words led me to pursue a freelance writing career in 2010. Despite the initial challenges of advancing in a diverse and competitive field, I found my niche in the literary world by joining the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. Connecting with this group of dedicated, like-minded writers passionate about their craft opened networking doors in the local arts community and I received valuable advice, encouragement and support in terms of my own writing goals.  

After “testing the waters” of the writing and editing market for a few months, I established my own freelance writing business – Ideas to Paper – in 2011. Inspiration to set up my business arose from my interest in being able to work with companies and individuals on their writing projects – whether it was an article, technical manual or communication piece. Over the past year, I have been able to work with a diverse variety of clients in the Sherwood Park and Edmonton area. My writing has also appeared in Soiled and Seeded horticulture magazine and the Sherwood Park newspaper. Through the WFSC, I am page and content editor for the Never Been Better Publications – a monthly page in the Sherwood Park newspaper featuring community events and lifestyle tips geared towards older adults. The majority of my work with clients has involved preparing technical manuals and employee handbooks; however, I enjoy creative non-fiction and fiction writing, travel writing and horticulture/gardening writing.

Writing is a large part of what shapes my identity, but my most rewarding and significant role is that of a new mom, wife and daughter. I also consider myself an avid skier, hiker, runner, gardener, reader, and traveler. I am honoured to be a Board Member with the WFSC and hope to maintain my close connection with the group in the years to come. Although I’m not always able to sit down with a pen and paper as often as I’d like, I know my love of the written word will carry me through each stage of life’s journey.  

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