Career Consultations

We offer writers, editors, corporate communicators and publishers an opportunity to discuss their career goals and aspirations with a professional in the field. These consultations provide career and education guidance, résumé feedback, suggestions regarding skill development and coaching. They do not include manuscript assessments or editorial review.

During these private consultations, you'll receive candid advice on how to build on career-focused strengths and skills, and overcome weaknesses and concerns. Many of our instructors are available as consultants in business writing and marketing communication, technical communication, book and magazine publishing, editing, freelance writing, journalism and creative writing.

After registering, contact us at write@sfu.ca to set up an appointment, indicating—in order of preference—three instructors with whom you would like to meet. We will arrange for you to meet with one of the three instructors.

Consultations are available weekdays, evenings or weekends. We'll make every effort to match you with one of your three choices of consultants within a month of registration, but we cannot guarantee availability.


One-hour online or phone consultation
Cost: $105

Upcoming Offerings

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateSun, Jan 1, 2023
  • Sun, Jan 1, 12:01 a.m. – 12:02 a.m. Pacific Time (consultation)
  • Sun, Dec 31, 12:01 a.m. – 12:02 a.m. Pacific Time (consultation)
Seats Available20

participating instructors

Business Communication

  • Ellen Ashdown (project management and business communications)
  • Russell Garrett (résumé writing, cover-letter writing, proposal writing, job and informational interviews, job-search strategies, salary negotiation)
  • Elizabeth Rains (writing marketing materials, online writing and publicity writing)
  • Amy Robertson (issues management, media relations, executive communications, PR and strategic communications planning, résumés and cover letters)
  • Mellissa Ruryk (writing, résumé writing and online job hunting)
  • Renée Sarojini Saklikar (social marketing for small-press authors, and making career transitions)


Public Relations

  • Jayne Akizuki (video production, and interviewing skills for video and profile writing)
  • Pamela Hart (public speaking and communication skills, interviews and speeches)
  • Kylie McMullan (public relations, influencer marketing, marketing communications, and writing marketing materials)
  • Fawn Mulcahy (public relations, special events, sponsorship and marketing communications)

Technical Communication

Writing and Publishing