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Let CAPTIONS Communications work with you to create outstanding materials that will meet your audience's needs. These could include, but not limited to:

  • Features and briefs for newspapers, magazines, and websites
  • Blog Posts
  • Newsletters
  • White Papers and Case Studies
  • Media Releases

Owner and senior writer Christine Peets is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She is able to work with any style and format to meet the needs of her clients. Her freelance writing has been published in local, national, and international consumer and trade publications, and academic journals. Christine is familiar with CP, MLA, and APA Styles, and has developed her own tone, which has been described by clients and editors as "personable and professional."

What others have said:

I have been impressed with the consistent quality of Christine's work. We have developed an excellent editor / writer relationship and she is a solid member of my stable of contributors. Christine's ability to create a similar close working relationship with the interviewees and subjects of her articles is a unique trait, and one that I value greatly as an editor.
Shannon Miller, Former Editor, Award magazine | www.canadawide.com
Christine was exceptionally easy and professional to work with. She takes the time to listen and thoroughly understand the purpose and scope of the project, then does research to gain additional knowledge required before starting to write. As a result, I have found most of her work to be right "on the mark" from the earliest drafts. In addition, she did a very good job in writing in a style appropriate for the media, adapting to either the printed piece or the more abbreviated style relevant for the web.
Christine was very accurate in her budget estimates and delivery timelines, and I am very happy to report that she delivers on-time and on-budget.
...one of our preferred suppliers...
Doug Burget, DGVC, Kingston | www.dgvc.ca

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A bit about Christine

From about the age of four, Christine Peets always knew she wanted to be a teacher and a writer, and she’s managed to combine those two careers quite well.

The teaching started (so she’s been told) when she’d line up her stuffed animals, or her friends if they were willing, and “play school.” Christine of course, was always the teacher.

The writing started when Christine was a high school reporter for The Scarborough Mirror but the teacher in her still wanted to play. So, she opted to get a degree in Early Childhood Education (instead of Journalism) and then taught in a number of child care settings for about 10 years before having her own kids. As a “Work-at-Home” Mom, Christine started writing for community newspapers in Sudbury, Prescott, Brockville and Napanee, the town she currently calls home.

While working for weekly papers had its perks, Christine decided to leave that crazy world in 1996 and enter the even crazier world of freelance writing. It took a couple of years to learn the craft of magazine writing, but she landed her first assignment in April 1998, and a year later had a cover story! She’s never looked back, and has one foot planted firmly in the freelance writing world. The other foot is in the teaching world, but instead of the Early Childhood Education world, she now teaches writing and business communications courses in both the private and public sectors where she’s worked with individuals, small groups and classes of 20 or more at community colleges.

In 1999 she also joined the Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), now known as the Professional Writers Association of Canada. That same year she made her first presentation at an academic conference on the topic of Mothers and Education. Her paper,“The Personal IS Political: What I Learned From My Mother” was well received and she was invited to present again two years later at another conference, Mothering, Popular Culture and the Arts. Christine presented a chapter about the influence of popular culture from her book, “With Humour and Hope: Learning From Our Mothers’ Depression and Alcoholism.” [Trafford 2001]

Combining her passions for writing and teaching in her work keeps Christine happily in the freelance world, where she plans to stay for many years to come.

Here’s some recent work

A Better Walk at Sandbanks Dunes

Walking is great exercise and by taking your Nordic Poles along, it can be more of a workout than just a walk in the park. I am the co-leader of a Nordic Pole Walking Group at the 55 Plus Activity Centre in Napanee, and have made some great friends. On a beautiful day in late October we decided to go to the Dunes Trail at Sandbanks... Published November 2015, Parksbloggerontario.com

Hiking the Cliff Top Trail in Bon Echo Park

Bon Echo Park is a nice day trip for us as it’s only about an hour north of our home in Napanee. We’ve also camped in the park and now you can enjoy even rent your own cabin in the woods at Bon Echo Lake. The Cliff Top Trail is one of many in the park, but it’s our favourite and I think you’ll soon see why. Getting there is half the fun... Published October 2014, Parksbloggerontario.com

Out in the Miami Sunshine!

“The sun is out! Oh, this is what I was hoping for today,” came the delighted comment from the next room. We’d had two days of rain so we were more than happy to finally see the sun!
My friend, and fellow author/blogger, Doreen Pendgracs and I were sharing a beautiful two-bedroom suite at the Metropole one of the South Beach Group of hotels in Miami. It was lovely, but we couldn’t wait to get out into the sunshine. After a quick breakfast we were off to the beach, just a few minutes away. It was great to see so many folks also out enjoying the Miami sunshine, even if many were covering up under these bright umbrellas...

Published May 2015, With Humour and Hope: The Only Way to Live

Teaching & Workshops

Teaching creative content

Christine has been teaching creative writing and business communications since 2003. In addition to the workshops listed below, personal training is available.

Unleash Your Inner Writer Workshops

  • The Sharing Pen Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but it is also something wonderful to be shared. Discover a new passion or perhaps ignite an old one. Explore your imagination. Follow your nose for a good story. Begin to unleash your inner writer. We will discuss all aspects of writing, including blogging. A professional writer and blogger will join this session.
  • The Healing Pen Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Writing can bring some light into a dark winter or dark situation. When life situations are, or have been, upsetting or deeply traumatic, writing can put these events into perspective. You can create a healthier future from an unhealthy past. We will discuss memoir writing and journalling. A social worker will be invited to this session.
  • The Structured Pen Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Whether you are writing a short story or a novel, fiction or nonfiction, you need a good foundation of settings, characters, and plot. How do you begin? Where do you go from there? How do you wrap things up? How do you apply elements of fiction to nonfiction writing? We will look at expanding stories into novellas or novels, and at creating the nonfiction book. Another professional writer will be joining this session.
  • The Editing Pen Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 a.m till 2 p.m. A good editor will make a good writer better. While self-editing is important, we are sometimes too close to a story to find its flaws. We need a fresh set of eyes on it. In this workshop we will discuss what editors look for, building a good editor / writer relationship, and the differences between critique and criticism. A professional editor will be invited to join this session.
  • The Published Pen Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Becoming a published writer is challenging but has many rewards.This will help you get started. We will discuss finding markets, writing query letters, and various ways of getting published, including self-publishing. Published authors will be joining this session.

All workshops will be held in the Small Lounge, 2nd Floor at the Strathcona Paper Centre,
16 McPherson Drive, Napanee, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.
Coffee, tea, and water will be available. There'll be a break for lunch, which can be purchased, or brought from home. There's a canteen in the building and restaurants are nearby.



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