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Writing Support: About Us

Meet your Writing Support faculty:

Caitlin Hartnett 

Caitlin Hartnett grew up in Vermont and immigrated to Canada in the early years of her adulthood to study English Literature  at Concordia University in Montreal, where she completed her BA and MA, with a focus on “post-colonial literature.*”

In 2009, Caitlin was fortunate to begin working on Kwakwaka’wakw territory on Vancouver Island, teaching English for NIC from the Mixalakwila Campus. During this time she experienced teachings from local students, community, and Elders, not only in the traditional academic setting, but also on the land and in community. Given the education she has experienced outside of the traditional academic setting, she is committed to searching for ways in which students may find the same and also incorporate their own stories and knowledge into their work. Caitlin is currently a doctoral candidate in Simon Fraser Univ​ersity’s Culturally-Inclusive Place-Based Education program. Her research work focuses on what Kwakiutl  peoples envision for land-based adult education.

Some of Caitlin’s favorite books are: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot,  Disgrace by JM Coetzee, The Truth About Stories by Thomas King, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Bone People by Keri Hulme, Heart Songs by Annie Proulx, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer, Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, and Patrick Stewart’s dissertation Indigenous architecture through indigenous knowledge : dim sagalts’apkw nisiḿ.

*Caitlin does not believe we truly live or have ever lived in a “post-colonial” world

Suzanne Schiller

Suzanne has enjoyed over 20 years of experience teaching writing & communication skills at the college level.  Engaging with students as a writing tutor has been one of the most meaningful experiences of her career. 

Her personal reading mainly focuses on natural healing, spirituality, and the politics of food & farming, but some of her favourite books are the ones she read with her kids as they were growing up:

Old Mali and the Boy by D. R. Sherman

The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and of course,

the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney​