About

Life gets in the way of living.

– Just my observation

Attention to your details

Saada STYLO© is my freelance writing and editing business launched in 2005.

Saada Branker is my name. In Swahili, Saada roughly means help, and in Arabic it’s closer to happiness.

 

Stylo (pronounced Steel-OH) is:

A) an Italian word for fashion

B) your swagger

C) a French word for pen

D) a harmless growth on the inner eyelid

Answer: C

A pen—that’s what Stylo means in French. I pore over copy as though I have a red one in hand. I also have style guides, dictionaries, software, and years of experience researching, editing and writing.

Forget: la plume de ma tante. Your aunt is family.  Unless she edits and writes, she won’t work copy as thoroughly as I do.

Education: 

Political Science B.A., Concordia University (Montreal)

Journalism B.A.A., Ryerson University Journalism for Graduates (Toronto)

Editing- Grammar for Editors and Writers; Copy Editing; and Structural Editing, George Brown College (Toronto)

Employment:

Ministère des Communautés Culturelles et l’Immigration du Québec (internship); The National Film Board of Canada; Toronto Sun; CBC Newsworld;

Freelance writing appearing in:

Word Magazine; Tandem; W Network; Numb Magazinethe Globe and MailSway Magazine; Eye Weekly; Your Workplace; Canada Council for the Arts.ca; CBC.ca

Volunteerism:

Board of Directors, Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation: secretary and newsletter editor

Memberships:

Professional Writers of Canada-PWAC (expired, but well worth the investment)

Editors Canada

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