Leslie Vryenhoek is the author of three books and hundreds of essays, articles, stories and poems.
Her recent novel, Ledger of the Open Hand, is a story of family and friendship and the weight of love, sorrow and debt. Told through the eyes of a young woman trying to own her life, Ledger asks why we believe we can ever reconcile the balance sheet we call love.
Leslie provides substantial and stylistic editing services. Clients range from publishers, authors and researchers to international non-profits and cultural organizations. Her communications background makes her a highly strategic editor with insight into how tone, language and structure intersect with audience and interpretation.
Recent projects include rewriting websites for The Rooms in St. John's and for the international research organization WIEGO, and substantively editing Kate Evans' acclaimed 2016 novel The Inward Journey, as well as other works of non-fiction, fiction and poetry.
Leslie has two decades of communications experience, encompassing issues management, media relations, strategic planning, event planning and publicity.
She's led communications during high-profile natural disasters and reputational crises; helped large and small organizations develop their profiles; produced brochures, newsletters, presentations and ads to meet strategic needs; written articles across a wide section of topics; conducted media training; and publicized hundreds of successful events.
From 2010-15, she provided communications, writing and editing support to WIEGO, an international network that improves the lives of poor working women through mobilization, research and policy reform. Read some of Leslie's Workers' Lives profiles.
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Leslie also helped develop and implement a communications strategy to garner widespread interest in First World War programming at The Rooms. Previously, she held provincial and national public affairs portfolios for the Canadian Red Cross, managing media relations and communications during high-profile disasters (1998-2005/2008-09). She also coordinated communication for both the University of Winnipeg (1994-1998) and Memorial University (2005-10), and created emergency communications plans for large institutions.