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Read, listen and create ancestor, business and community profiles with Tracey Arial
Get weekly musings about Canada, creative entrepreneurship and the craft of writing.
Writers tell stories that change the world.
The Canadian identity recreates itself with every story. Add to its diversity by profiling your ancestors, your business and your community.
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Profile an Ancestor
Researching your ancestors opens up understanding about why your family is the way it is. Use this course to shape genealogical research into a compelling story that anyone will want to read.
Connect to the seasons, the land and your community
Join the city gardeners club, an inspiring place for urban dwellers who want to grow food and flowers with each other.
Profile Your Business
Your identity comes in part from what you do at work. Make sure you love your job. This course helps you create a story about your business that motivates and inspires.
Write 2 Grow
Recreate your destiny through writing. Take this course to learn how.
Author and freelance writer with Chatelaine, Salon.com, Today’s Parent, etc.
"Tracey Arial is a writing wise-woman with a wealth of knowledge, both conventional and esoteric, about the craft. She is also a gifted and good-natured editor who can glean, at a glance, the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s work. She then delivers insightful strategies and useful tips on how to quickly improve. In all my years as a professional writer, I do not think I have ever met a better, or more effective, writing instructor."
Author, craftsperson and family history writer.
"Tracey is fun! Both praise and criticism always come with a laugh. She always starts with the words, phrases or ideas in your story that she liked the best and then gives her constructive criticism. Any critique is always thoughtful and useful."
Sculptor and family history writer
"As a writer trying to record family history stories, Tracey has been very encouraging and has given me lots of good advice. I particularly like her 'happy face' technique whereby she recognizes the best part of our short stories. I feel very lucky to have her help and encouragement.."
Reford MacDougall, C.M.
Order of Canada recipient and charitable fundraising expert
"When a friend or colleague needs a simple one-pager, I refer them to Tracey. Her stories have helped raise thousands of dollars for entrepreneurs and charities."
Sustainable mobility and accessibility consultant
"Tracey's feedback and writing program have been crucial in advancing my 'creative' business plans. Her ongoing support has kept me focused and on track as I refine my ideas."
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Listen, read and learn all about the latest Canadian books, community initiatives, creative entrepreneurs, family history stories, gardens, humour, marketing and politics.
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I’m Tracey Arial, a 57-year-old creative entrepreneur who lives in Verdun, Quebec with my husband, two adult children and their two cats,
My goal is to ensure that every Canadian knows why they are important. The best way I know how to do that is through writing profiles. A profile is a 1,200 or so word story that describes the essence of an individual, place or institution.
Over the past 28 years, I’ve written hundreds of profiles as an author, journalist and family historian. In each story, I focus on what’s unique about the focus individual or institution, trying to emphasize how they work to make the world better. The necessity of writing well quickly has led me to create a four-step process that I teach others in my consulting, courses and presentations.