BIO

About

Andrea Karr is a Toronto-based freelance writer who specializes in travel, beauty, mental health, books, pets and relationships. She writes for a wide variety of Canadian print publications including Canadian Living, S/, Fashion, Style at Home and Best Health, as well as websites such as readersdigest.ca, canadianliving.com and besthealthmag.ca. She has a master’s degree in English from Ryerson University and spends her free time walking her two dogs, reading novels, redecorating her condo and talking about her obsession with Winnipeg, her hometown.

 

Experience

Sept 2016-present

Freelance Writer

  • Pitching and writing for print publications such as Canadian Living, Fashion, Glow, S/, Hello! Canada, Style at Home, Compact and Best Health

  • Pitching and writing for web publications such as canadianliving.com, besthealthmag.ca, readersdigest.ca, coveteur.com, flare.com and todaysparent.com

  • Custom content for brands such as Indeed Labs, Ste. Anne’s Spa, CND, Garnier, Travel Manitoba and TD Bank

  • Covering topics including beauty, health, travel, art, books and relationships


Dec 2015-Sept 2016

Canadian Living, Life & Relationships Editor

  • For web: Writing and building web content for canadianliving.com, creating content packages for advertisers, building editorial feeds for MSN, writing weekly newsletters, assigning and editing freelance writing, managing web budget, SEO, creating content for other pillars, planning and building contests
  • For print: Writing life and relationships articles, assigning and editing freelance articles, negotiating and organizing travel for fashion shoots, building relationships with PR firms, attending press events and desk sides

July 2013-Dec 2015

Canadian Living, Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor

  • For web: Writing and building web content, creating content packages for advertisers, building editorial feeds for MSN, producing video content for web, writing bi-weekly newsletters, assigning freelance writing, editing freelance and intern writing, managing web budget, SEO
  • For print: Writing fashion and beauty content, organizing fashion shoots, building relationships with PR firms, attending press events and desk sides, training and managing style interns


Feb-June 2013

FLARE.com, Assistant Web Editor, On Contract

  •  Writing daily, editing freelance and intern blogs and galleries in Wordpress, formatting magazine content for web, photoshopping images, social media

May 2012-June 2013

Freelance Writer

  • FLARE.com, Chatelaine.com, theluxelife.com and Cosmetics Magazine

May 2012-June 2013

Chatelaine.com, Freelance Web Assistant


May 2011-April 2012

Broken Pencil and Flare, Intern


Education

2011

Ryerson University, M.A., Literatures of Modernity

2009

University of Manitoba, B.A., First Class Honours, English and Theatre


Volunteer Work

June 2015-Dec 2015

Save Our Scruff Rehome & Rescue, Event Coordinator

  • Brainstorming and planning events, fundraising, coordinating volunteers, social media posts and posters, writing/editing brochures and foster manual

Skills

InCopy, K4, Wordpress, Photoshop, basic HTML, Google Analytics, various content management systems, fact checking, Microsoft Office, social media, comfortable on camera.