Writer  
Vryenhoek's fiction is tension around a blaze; a fist holding a sapphire.
~Kathleen Winter 

Leslie Vryenhoek is the author of Ledger of the Open Hand, published in May 2015. The novel explores the interplay of personal money styles and emotional debt on relationships. Told through the eyes of a young woman trying to own her life, Ledger looks at the folly of trying to balance every budget, while totaling up the balance sheet we call love. More about Ledger
 
Leslie's first fiction title, Scrabble Lessons, is a collection of stories about the desire that punctuates our most ordinary days. Her first collection of poetry, Gulf, explores longing and belonging in a transient world. Both were published by Oolichan Books.

Leslie is also the founding director of Piper's Frith: Writing at Kilmory, an intensive writing retreat held in the fall on Newfoundland's spectacular Burin Peninsula. The next Frith is being planned for 2018.

 
Leslie is the acclaimed author of Scrabble Lessons?a collection of stories about the desire that punctuates our most ordinary days, and the moments of acute clarity on which whole lives pivot?and Gulf, a collection of poetry that explores longing and belonging in a transient world.
Her first novel, Ledger of the Open Hand, will be released in May 2015. 
Her writing has won numerous, awards including the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem in 2010, Arts & Letters Awards in both fiction and poetry, and the Dalton Camp Award.
Leslie is also the founding director of  Piper's Frith: Writing at Kilmory, an intensive writing retreat held every October on Newfoundland's spectacular Burin Peninsula.
Leslie is the acclaimed author of Scrabble Lessons?a collection of stories about the desire that punctuates our most ordinary days, and the moments of acute clarity on which whole lives pivot?and Gulf, a collection of poetry that explores longing and belonging in a transient world.
Her first novel, Ledger of the Open Hand, will be released in May 2015. 
Her writing has won numerous, awards including the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem in 2010, Arts & Letters Awards in both fiction and poetry, and the Dalton Camp Award.
Leslie is also the founding director of  Piper's Frith: Writing at Kilmory, an intensive writing retreat held every October on Newfoundland's spectacular Burin Peninsula.
Editor for Hire
Leslie provides substantial and stylistic editing services in English. Clients range from publishers, authors and researchers to international non-profits and cultural organizations. Her background in communications makes her a highly strategic editor who can offer insight into how tone, language and structure intersect with audience and meaning.

Recent projects include rethinking and revamping the website for an international research organization, substantively editing magazines and reports for The Rooms in St. John's, and working closely with authors on several works of non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Leslie edited Samuel Martin's A Blessed Snarl (nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award), Janet Merlo's No One to Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP (nominated for an NL Book Award), and Kate Evans' acclaimed 2016 novel The Inward Journey.  
 
Contact  Leslie by email.  
 
Communications Consultant
Leslie has two decades of communications experience, encompassing issues and crisis management, media relations, strategic planning, event planning and publicity. 
 
She's led communications during high-profile natural and PR disasters; helped large and small organizations develop their profiles; produced brochures, newsletters, presentations and ads to meet strategic needs; written articles across a wide section of topics; conducted media training; and publicized hundreds of successful events.
 
From 2010-15, she provided communications, writing and editing support to WIEGO, an international network that improves the lives of poor working women through mobilization, research and policy reform. Read some of Leslie's Workers' Lives profiles. 
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For many years, Leslie held provincial and national public affairs portfolios for the Canadian Red Cross, managing media relations and communications during high-profile disasters (1998-2005/2008-09). She also coordinated communication for both the University of Winnipeg (1994-1998) and Memorial University (2005-10), and created emergency communications plans for large institutions.
 
Contact  Leslie by email.