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I’ve been lucky to work with amazing clients and co-workers over the years. I’ve seen them gain confidence while their writing has become full of life and clarity. Would you like to find out how you could join them? Contact me for a consultation.


Alison Cowan
Director of Professional Development, Fasken

Stephanie’s workshop was excellent! She delivered an engaging and informative talk on Clear Writing Principles for Lawyers and her content hit just the right mark with our associates. They found the information Stephanie provided very valuable, with many asking about future follow-up opportunities after the workshop. I would recommend Stephanie’s Clear Writing workshop to any lawyer who wants to improve his or her communication and drafting skills.

 

Michael Skinner
Former Executive Director, Health Professions Review Board of British Columbia

As a teacher of advanced writing skills, Stephanie Mitchell is the real deal. She presented her participatory workshop “Decide and Distill” to a fairly demanding audience – a majority of whom were lawyers – at our review board’s annual meeting in February 2018. The morning workshop was intended to sharpen our members’ collective grasp of the principles of good writing, and not just decision writing, for which the members had received much instruction over the years at previous meetings. As the organizer of this event, a two-day educational and networking conference at which expectations typically run high, I was responsible for ensuring that the teaching was on point, engaging, memorable and most of all, capable of immediate application. 

Stephanie delivered on all counts. Her exercises proved that what most writers view as “basics” over which they have achieved a level of mastery may well be basic yet they are anything but simple, and mastery is often a comforting illusion. Members acknowledged with some humility that the answers to many of Stephanie’s discussion questions seemed simple at first, while deeper facilitated reflection revealed the intensity of thought required to choose the best words and sentences. Her workshop, broken into digestible chunks, covered fundamentals of communication often lost in decision writing seminars that focus on structure and defensible legal analysis. In so doing, she enabled members to gain a deeper insight into the human elements of the communication process, including clarity and tone.

Stephanie’s handling of questions and her interaction with the audience deserves special mention. Her experience as a journalist and media person showed, with poised delivery (she smiles as she speaks) and a relaxed yet precise presentation style that was clearly the product of thorough preparation. When she answered questions – typically questions for which there could be a range of legitimate responses – she was measured and thoughtful, and it was clear that she was applying her considerable knowledge to deliver the best answer, while acknowledging the range of approaches that could be adopted in particular contexts. The result was that she thoroughly won over a “tough crowd” and, from a personal perspective as organizer, earned my enduring gratitude.

 

Brent Parr
President and CEO, Optio Publishing

For many of our staff, email is the primary method of communication. Stephanie has coached several team members, and the results have been fantastic. Their writing is clearer and more concise, and they have improved confidence. Her coaching has been well worth the investment.

 

Terri Karpish
Director of Professional Development, McDougall Gauley LLP

I highly recommend Stephanie, whether it is for individual coaching, teamwork or editing. She has a unique talent for all three. People are instantly drawn to Stephanie. She is a warm, engaging person. I have seen her speak to a room of more than 100 law students and not only capture their attention, but capture it in a kind way that imparts knowledge and encourages them to take action. She has an eye for detail and is extremely efficient. She will get the work done quickly and make your life easier. I feel lucky to have found her!

 

Ashley Geddes
Senior Producer Digital, CBC Edmonton

Stephanie and I worked together as producers for CBC's Edmonton AM morning radio current affairs program. Stephanie is an exceptional writer, a creative storyteller and ideas person. She has superior organizational skills, which everyone on our team relied upon during the staging of special events, such as production of shows from remote locations and the annual Christmas drive for the food bank. Stephanie is a talented, hard-working and warm co-worker and a joy to collaborate with.

 

Richard Hoshino
Author, The Math Olympian

I am extremely grateful to Stephanie Mitchell for the writing coaching and editing that she gave me as I sought to become a published novelist. I reached out to Stephanie shortly after I completed the first draft of my manuscript, the story of a bullied teenager’s quest to represent Canada at the Math Olympics. 

As a first-time writer with zero background in creative writing, I was grateful for Stephanie’s encouragement and belief in my less-than-stellar manuscript, as well as her specific advice: to fix the many instances when my protagonist (a 17-year-old girl) sounded like me; to cut certain scenes that didn’t advance the plot; to focus more on character development rather than the math to keep the pages turning; and pointing out numerous typos and anachronisms that had eluded me. 

Thanks to Stephanie’s expertise, I was able to publish “The Math Olympian” and am delighted with the reviews I have received thus far from Amazon and Goodreads, reviews that would have been nowhere as strong without the professional editing and coaching I received from Telegram Writing Consulting.