Laura Byrne Paquet

A Bit About Me

My first encounter with the written word was not an auspicious one: my birth announcement appeared in my hometown newspaper under the heading “Livestock for Sale.” Despite that rather unnerving introduction to the perils of poor proofreading, I decided to become a writer. In 1987, I earned a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.

After stints as a business reporter and a magazine editor, I became a full-time freelance writer in 1992. Three years later, my husband and I founded a communications firm, Cornerstone Word Company, through which I continue to write and edit materials for a variety of corporate, government and non-profit clients.

bioOn the freelance journalism side, my articles have appeared in more than 80 publications in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Here is a partial list:

A past president of the Travel Media Association of Canada (2004–2005), I am also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the Editors Association of Canada and the Romance Writers of America. I frequently give workshops and presentations to writing and corporate groups.

Aside from all that, during my 40-odd years on the planet, I’ve managed to get into an argument with a professional wrestler in an arena full of howling fans, enjoy half an hour of infamy as a third-place contestant on Jeopardy! and have my skin rubbed raw by a Turkish masseuse.