Suzanne Bowness

Toronto, Canada

Professional Experience

I am a freelance writer and editor with over a dozen years of experience. Currently based in Toronto, Canada, my professional experience includes journalism, copywriting, editing, and web writing. Visit my portfolio at for some samples of my journalism, or for my copywriting business. I have written hundreds of articles as a journalist for publications from the Globe and Mail to University Affairs to Franchise Canada. While I have written repeatedly about a variety of subjects including higher education, business, technology, history, careers/HR, travel, arts and books, I am also a strong generalist. Through my copywriting business, CodeWord Communications (, I have helped organizations with everything from web site copy and brochures to case studies and direct mail campaigns. I’ve edited magazines and newsletters. I’ve also worked as a web designer, so I’m SEO-enabled and social media savvy.


8 Years
5 Years
12 Years


4 Years
Books & Literature
10 Years
Business (general)
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
12 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
3 Years
Online/new media
2 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

12 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Franchise Canada magazine (10+), Globe and Mail (10+), University Affairs magazine (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Concordia University (10+), University of Waterloo (10+)

Other Work History

Please see online portfolios at and

Technical Skills

Writing, copywriting, copyediting, proofreading, web design

Foreign Language Skills

Basic French


Canadian Media Guild

Computer Skills

Word, HTML, Dreamweaver,


Laptop, digital camera, audio recorder


Professional Writers Association of Canada Editors Association of Canada



A web story written for the University of Waterloo home page translating a researcher's work for a lay audience.
In a feature for Canada's national magazine for higher education, I spoke to several Canadian public intellectuals to explore the intersection between academia and the public sphere
An annual report I edited for the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Project involved taking 25+ articles written by different contributors and revising for plain language, consistent voice, then copyediting and proofreading.
Here is a sample article of the kind I write regularly for the Globe and Mail Careers section
Here is a sample article of the kind I write regularly for the Globe and Mail Careers section