I am here to help you make that good story great. You are the expert in what you want to say and I will help you get there and say it, so that others want to read it.
Welcome to The Word Studio.
Hi there, welcome to The Word Studio. I am Andrew Binks, a published novelist andrewbinks.ca and writer of short stories, personal essays and memoir published (and prize winning) in some of the most esteemed literary journals. Please read my writing here and at my website blog.
While I have been in the valleys of rejection, the peaks of acceptance and those grey areas in between where manuscripts are lost, redirected and ultimately praised and published, I never lose sight of the immense pleasure nailing a story can bring.
As a wordsmith, story coach and language instructor, I have helped writers for over fifteen years to clarify what it is they want to say and how they want to say it.
My clients are story tellers and have created works from heart-warming memoirs for their families, to more jarring works of the human condition in all its drama and conflict that needed to be told. Others have created fictional stories filled with colour, musical language and the magic that is part of the creative process.
I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where I studied with some of the country’s finest writers. At the time I worked as a reader/ contest judge for Prism International and Geist Magazine. I am currently editing my fourth novel as well as other people’s work. I teach writing and coach aspiring writers in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, and around the world.
As a one-on-one writing coach my services include but are not limited to:
Copy/ Line Editing
Academic (theses, dissertations)
Navigating self-publishing options
Guidance finding an agent or publisher
Some highlights of work I’ve done along the way:
Paving the Way to Lasting Employment
This project involved a multitasker like myself to write script, direct actors and write an accompanying manual, and then make it accessible worldwide to various educational and employment institutions.
Howe Sound Films
Again a while ago working as a reader for Howe Sound Films (while ghost writing a feature film for Keypics in Vancouver).
Japan Atomic Power Company/ International Management Institute, Tokyo Japan
One of the highlights of teaching ESL for over 15 years. I developed curriculum, taught English and presentation skills to patent agents, while a nuclear melt-down happened around me! Back in BC I taught English to immigrants and new Canadians and here in Ontario I have taught ESL to Canadian Forces spouses.
Two Complete Packages I’ve worked on including the covers: