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Hi Anna Maria: Thanks so much for the tips. Wow! You're not only an excellent writer but a Life Coach also. I've taken in your words and will indeed apply them. The changes are looking great.
Dr. Tricia Edwards, Doctor of Natural Medicine@ www.FollowYourNaturalPath.com
I feel fortunate to have found Anna Maria because she is helping me create the book my heart wants to write. She listened for my needs and guided me with original suggestions on my book’s approach, layout and steps for moving forward. Anna Maria’s approach to research is refreshing and unique. She gave me more than I had expected and delivered the results with warmth and caring. Her writing flows with depth, meaning and color and I am excited about incorporating her writing into my book and in articles promoting my book.
Lois Ferguson, Registered Dietician, Author
If you want someone credible and reliable for the job, I … encourage you to contact Anna Maria. You will not be disappointed. This was my first episode in public speaking, as a doctor, and Anna Maria helped to make it a successful one … Her energy was so bright, positive … and calm … She was also very punctual…and thorough … Her attention to detail is awesome, her research skills impeccable … Anna Maria was extremely knowledgeable about the natural healing topic at hand … [and] … about how to present my material [in areas such as] emphasis, intonation, body language and other public speaking pointers … Anna Maria was there until the very end boosting every bit of courage I had ... I received so much positive feedback from the community … I did better than I expected, and I have Anna Maria to thank ... for a large part of that. Thank you, Anna Maria, from the bottom of my heart!
Tricia Edwards, Doctor of Natural Medicine and Reggae Recording Artist, Toronto
Hello Anna Maria: We at Vitality Magazine are delighted to endorse you and to recommend your writing to any interested parties. We've been fortunate to have the opportunity to publish a number of your articles over the years.
Vitality Magazine (Canada's best alternative health magazine)
Anna Maria's expertise was professional, insightful and right on the money.
Dominik Loncar, Catalyst for Creatives & Entrepreneurs
A true delight to work with - and an excellent...editor and writer.
Bernadette Gillen, Art Director@CPAmagazine (formerly CAmagazine) & colleague when I was associate editor at CAmagazine 1998-2003
If you need an editor, hire Anna Maria Greene and try this two-step test: (1) slip a typo...in the material and (2) see if you can trip her up. Betcha [sic] can’t. And an additional warning: Dangling modifiers beware!
Peter MacLean, Former Director Communications, CICA (Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants)
My true calling is as a creative writer and healer, but it took me a long time to realize this. Deep down, I always knew what I was meant to do but we take the paths we take, grow at our own pace and hopefully learn from our mistakes. What matters most is that, when we do finally connect to our true self, we begin to trust that inner voice and act from its guidance. I see this as the ultimate freedom.
ACADEMIC CAREER & EARLY WORK EXPERIENCE
I completed a four-year specialist degree in English Literature, a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate and a masters degree in English Literature, all at the University of Toronto, where I also received an award for outstanding academic achievement and was recommended for a PhD program. It was a difficult decision but I chose instead to go into magazines. Before my magazine career, and during university, I had several job experiences that helped shape my present business as well as the person I am today: I have been a late-night bartender in Newfoundland, a waitress at the Old Spaghetti Factory, an art promoter for an elderly artist who once met and sketched George Bernard Shaw, a researcher for an historian working on the 19th-century deaf Canadian artist Helen McNicoll, whose father was the first vice-president of the Canadian Pacific Railway and, among other things, an ESL tutor to a former female Member of Parliament in Bangladesh.
MAGAZINE AND FREELANCE CAREER
My career in magazines was launched at Canadian Business in 1997, where I held a short-term contract as copy editor. After that, I freelanced monthly as Flare Magazine's proofreader for three years before being hired by CAmagazine (now CPA Magazine) as associate editor. While at CAmagazine, I learned from veterans in the industry how a quality magazine is produced. I felt at home in the magazine business, as I increasingly took on senior editor assignments. Over the five years I was there, I was nominated for several editorial awards and won a Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Editorial Excellence. I also worked with the CICA's communications and other departments on many of its business publications. In 2003, I left CAmagazine to go freelance and started Greene Editing Services, which eventually morphed into my present business Greene Words.
I am extensively published with dozens of articles, business profiles and news pieces in diverse fields (including alternative healthcare, environmentalism, business and education) and have edited a wide range of materials, from PhD theses to books of fiction and nonfiction, on a variety of topics. I have also managed numerous projects, including a two-year oral history project at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), which involved in-depth interviewing of prominent academics and other individuals who strongly influenced Ontario's education system. I enjoy interviewing people immensely and bringing their stories out into the light. I also designed and taught an ESL course in Creative Writing at the TAIE International Institute in Toronto, for students transiting to university.
Over the years I continued to write poetry and prose but did little to organize or promote my creative work. I have, however, been published in the prestigious literary journal Prairie Fire and, among other publications, Garm Lu, The Canadian Journal of Celtic Studies. Despite my aversion to self-promotion, the body of creative work I did produce kept growing until one day something clicked inside me. I dug up everything I'd ever written, arranged it all in neat folders with labels and placed them on a bookshelf where I could see them ... every single day. This was the first step in a very important process, which led to integrating my creativity - and my creative work - more fully into my business.
I am presently juggling 11 creative writing projects at various stages of completion: three novels, two childrens' books, one "adult storybook" and three poetry collections. I have finished a children's book The Mysterious Case of the Missing Santa and a 30-minute performance poem and am presently seeking illustrators, performers and other creatives for a refined production of these works.
To listen to a reading of my poems or get a taste of my other writing, click on MossExpress below. If you want to learn more about my Soul Book Workshops and other creative services, click on the Wildhorse Research button.