M. A. Demers is a freelance writer, editor, and fine art photographer now based in Edmonton, Alberta (after 21 years in Vancouver, BC).
In addition to her long-form publications, Demers blogs on the subjects of self-publishing, art, culture, and whatever else she feels compelled to write about; ghostwrites production notes for Hollywood films (over 40 to date); lectures and teaches on the subject of self-publishing; and formerly wrote screenplays (six spec and four commissioned scripts, one optioned documentary project, and was the uncredited story editor on the award-winning MOW A Cooler Climate, starring Sally Field and Judy Davis). Demers has had many editorials and articles published in print or online, and is a featured essayist in Writing About Literature: A Guide for the Student Critic by W. F. Garrett-
On the photography side, Demers began her career in the late 1980s in Edmonton where she exhibited in several solo and group shows including at the Fringe Festival, The Works art festival, and with Celebration of Women in the Arts; she also took on small commercial assignments and acted as a creative consultant on other artists’ projects. In 1992 she moved to London, England, where out of necessity she abandoned her photography career though she remained attached to the industry through her position as an events producer with the Association of Photographers (where she also taught creativity workshops and wrote for Image magazine). In 1995 she returned to Canada to work in the film industry, and in 2007 turned her attention again to fine art photography but without forsaking her writing. Over the past eight years the tables have turned again, and most of her time these days is spent writing and editing.
Demers has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Alberta with a major in Women’s Studies and minors in Art and Design and Religious Studies. She has volunteer experience in a third world development agency (Edmonton), in a shelter for battered women and their children (Edmonton), in women’s arts organizations (Edmonton, Vancouver), and in an adult ESL program (Vancouver). Afflicted by wanderlust, Demers has travelled through parts of North and Central America, Europe, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.
Select Media Coverage
“Writing Life” Interview, Vancouver Co-op Radio, 100.5 FM, 6 January 2015 (audio file).
“M. A. Demers shares her novel: Baby Jane.” David A Cleinman’s Writings (davidcleinman.com), 17 August 2011.
“Kindle Author Interview: M. A. Demers.” Kindle Author, 29 June 2011.
“Book Review: Baby Jane.” Booked Up, 7 June 2011.
“WIFVV Interview: Joyce Thierry and Michelle Demers.” Women in Film and Video Vancouver Newsletter, No. 40, Spring 2001.
“Creativity, Not Cash, Key to Successful Promotion Materials.” Women in Film and Video Vancouver Newsletter, No. 31, Winter 1999.
“Mission Implausible.” Vancouver Magazine, December 1997.
Company bio, Association of Photographers, Image Magazine, No. 232, January 1995.
“Lateral Thinking II.” Image Magazine, May 1995.
“Lateral Thinking.” Image Magazine, No. 226, July 1994.
“In Their Own Words.” Artichoke, 40, Winter 1991.