John Wilson is a freelance writer, editor, content strategist and communications consultant based in Toronto. The current focus of his work is communications and public relations in the not-for-profit sector. John’s present work for such clients as the National Media Awards Foundation and The Compass Food Bank & Outreach Centre involves all aspects of PR, administrative tasks, mass media publicity, event planning and social media marketing.
John has previously been the Editorial Director at Leaping Lion Books, the student-run micropublishing house at York University, where he oversaw the publication of the mystery novel Wild Justice. He has also been the Senior Copy Editor at On the Danforth (Spring 2020), the community magazine published by students of the Centennial College Publishing Program.
In addition to editing, John is also an award-winning feature writer. His 2018 piece, “How to Save a Marsh,” received the Jan Rehner Prize for Writing, and was praised as “a first-rate example of how to weave research and analysis with scene and character to create a compelling journalistic story” about conservation efforts along the Greater Toronto waterfront.
John has done a wide variety of writing and editing—marketing, copywriting, blogging, movie reviews—but at the moment he is interested mainly in narrative nonfiction in its various forms: personal essays, reported features and everything in between.
John has a Specialized Honours BA in English and Professional Writing from York University, and a Graduate Certificate in Book, Magazine and Electronic Publishing from Centennial College.
He also wrote this bio, but thought it would sound less egotistical if written in the third person.