Joan Hall Hovey
Joan is a successful freelance writer. She has taught creative writing and worked as copywriter for radio station CFBC. A lover of drama and a former amateur actress, she has worked as a director and producer in theatre and radio. Her personal interests include countless community projects, including a stint as a teaching co-ordinator for Vietnamese and Laotian women and children. She has been an active member of the Canadian Authors Association and is on the executive of Crime Writers of Canada.
Joan's short stories and articles have been published in many newspapers and magazines including the Toronto Star, Home Life Magazine, True Confessions, Secrets, Revealing Romances, Exciting Confessions, Atlantic Advocate, New Freeman, Kings County Record, Star Weekly, and various other publications. Suspense is her favorite genre: her novels, Listen to the Shadows and Nowhere to Hide, originally published by Zebra Books, New York, are now available in special Authors Guild Editions, as well as in large print and audio book formats. Joan's personal expertise and interests are wide ranging.
"Thank you for sending me my certificate along with your lovely letter of congratulations and best wishes. I would like to thank everyone at the school, the people who answer the telephones—and are always ready to help—and most of all to my wonderful tutor, Joan. It was a pleasure working with her. I learned a lot from her. She was always patient, kind and encouraging. She instructed me and gave me good advice without putting me down. A truly excellent tutor. I really enjoyed the whole course. I'm going to miss it."
—Doris Azzopardi, Graduate
"I am at the highest point ever! My article on Elder Abuse is going to be published!!! The editor is sending me a contract and the deadline will be the end of June. I am floored!"
—Shonna Lee, Student
"I am enjoying the course so much. My tutor, Joan Hovey, is very enthusiastic and encouraging—I receive back my work in record time — she seems to love her work and really cares about the students. She helps me build my self-esteem in regard to my writing and I appreciate that."
—Anna Carroll, Student
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