I’m a freelance journalist and communications specialist based in Calgary.
As a reporter, I’ve covered everything from a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a ghost opera to the latest developments in health care for Alberta’s top magazines, netting an Alberta Magazine Award for my feature writing. I bring my journalism skills – editorial planning, research, interviewing, writing, editing and fact-checking – to content writing, creating copy for clients like FBC, Mount Royal University, Red Point Media & Marketing Solutions, Odvod Publishing and more.
I have a degree in journalism from Mount Royal University, where I honed my writing skills, and ate my weight in chickpea calzones. I won the C.A. MacLean Journalism Bursary for my health care reporting, and directed and produced a documentary that was screened in the Fairy Tales Film Festival.
Since graduating, I’ve worked as an editor for FreeFall, Culinaire and Where Calgary magazines, and was part of the team that founded New Forum literary magazine in 2019. Thanks to my magazine work, I’ve been a guest on CTV Morning Live and Global News Morning Calgary to share my expertise on fun things to do in Calgary.
I currently work as a content writer for FBC. I manage fbc.ca/learn, our free resource centre for business owners. We also started a COVID-19 newsroom at the beginning of the pandemic, which means more opportunities to wear my journalism hat.
On the side, I dabble in fiction writing. In 2020, my work has been published in The New Quarterly, Calgary’s short story dispenser anthology, on beer cans from Blindman Brewing, and I was awarded an Honourable Mention in the WGA’s Pandemic Postcards Contest.
When I’m not writing, I like spending time outside with Derek, my husband, whether that’s in the backyard with a Moscow Mule or in the mountains. You can also regularly find me on my yoga mat or workin’ on my night cheese. Find me on Twitter @silviapikal.