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A Little History

How it began

In 1985, Susan Ioannou founded Wordwrights Canada to bring together her many professional pursuits as an editor, teacher, and writer. Under its umbrella, with Cross-Canada Writers' Magazine, where she was Associate Editor, she developed a Manuscript Reading Service. Her poetry workshops for the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the Toronto Board of Education she extended into distance education by creating The Poetry Tutorial correspondence course, later expanded and offered as the online course Lessons in Writing the Poem.

Besides her own writing, Susan published chapbooks of others' poetry. Annually, she researched and compiled the market guides the Literary Market Directory, Literary Markets That Pay, and later The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar, now produced by White Mountain Publications. Twice a year she circulated her newsletter Wordwrights to clients and other interested writers, and began the extensive online Canadian Links of Interest to Writers. Her literary insights she shared in talks, individual coaching, readings, workshops, and such handbooks as A MagicalClockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem and Writing Reader-Friendly Poems, Plus Writing Exercises. (Bibliographic details are listed on Wordwrights Canada Publishing.)In 2010, she began to shift Wordwrights Canada from paperback to eBook publishing.

Susan's most recent poetry titles are Looking for Light asking how to create beauty in a troubled world, Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth on geology, metals, minerals, and mining history, and the dramatic narrative Coming Home (An Old Love Story). A full list of her published writing is available on Literary Curriculum Vitae.

In 1995, Susan redirected part of her professional work. Projects for corporate and commercial clients were done under the name of a second company, which over the past several years has sharpened its focus to become ClearTEXT: The Mineral Exploration and Mining Editor.



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Updated December 2016