Magazine writing

Andrea has worked as a writer and editor at many of Canada’s best magazines, including Toronto Life, Chatelaine, This Magazine and Cottage Life. Her articles have won numerous awards. Here are some of her favourites.

Small Mercies

This first-person account of having a premature baby won an Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards in the Health/ Medicine category. Read Bruce Gillespie’s dissection of the article— “Why’s This So Good?”— on the Nieman Story Board.
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Petrified Forest

A story about Toronto’s urban forest and its struggle to thrive and survive— faced with pests, neglect, climate change, aging and the stress of city living— “Petrified Forest” won an Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards in the Science, Technology & the Environment category.
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In vitro we trust

An investigation into the brave new world of fertility treatments, the piece won an Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards in the Health/Medicine category.
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Heart & soul

An ode to falling in love, this personal essay won an Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards.
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Cookie monsters

A story about the modern school bake sale, where nothing less than your measure as a mother is at stake.
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Faith, Hope, and Clarity

They bought the lot in winter. It’s home to a rattlesnake zone. And the modern cottage they built looks like nothing else on Georgian Bay.
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Trash the dress

A group of cottagers mess with their wedding dresses at a summer party in the middle of Georgian Bay.
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The Office Tower

An institutional profile of First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto, this story won an Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards in the One of a Kind category.
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Excuse me while I screef the duff

A chronicle of life in a treeplanting camp in Northern Ontario, this article won an Honourable Mention in the One of a Kind category at the National Magazine Awards.
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Highway to heaven

An investigation into the environmental, social and economic impact of carving a four-lane highway through the Canadian Shield, the piece won a Gold in the Public Issues category at the International Regional Magazine Awards.
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Essays and art catalogues

Andrea has contributed to numerous essay anthologies and art catalogues. Here are a few.

City of Words:

Toronto Through Her Writers’ Eyes

Edited by Sarah Elton

A collection of essays, fictional excerpts and photographs about Toronto, City of Words: Toronto Through Her Writers’ Eyes is published by Cormorant Press. Andrea’s contribution, an essay called “Paper Trail,” is about neighbourhoods and belonging.

“This book would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone returning to the city, full of regret as the days grow dark and the streets grow cold. It conjures a Toronto that is rich and vital.”
— Toronto Star

Dropped Threads 3:

Beyond the Small Circle

Edited by Marjorie Anderson

This essay collection is the third in the bestselling series featuring Canadian women writers chronicling their personal discoveries—about themselves, about love, work and life in general. Andrea contributed the essay “The Writers’ Circle,” about a writing group she helped lead for several years at a downtown Toronto women’s shelter.

“The stories in Dropped Threads 3 encourage women to be confident, to challenge what they have been taught, to recognize that they are not alone.”
—Canadian Literature

The Churches of Oro-Medonte

The Art of Joanna McEwen

Andrea contributed an essay called “About the pie: a meditation on history, women’s work and rural connections” to this stunning catalogue of egg tempera paintings by artist Joanna McEwen.

“McEwen’s church paintings could easily be read as elegies for a fading life and culture. She is a careful chronicler, a diligent student of history. In her books and her paintings, she conveys the urgency of “getting it down” before this rural life disappears… McEwen is not a sentimentalist, however. The precision of her technique and steady focus of her eye precludes nostalgia.”
—from “About the pie”