Arlene Somerton Smith

Clear messages simply crafted.

Words that give readers what they need without making them work.

I specialize in using small words to tell a big story.

I began my career shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River—with a video camera, that is. That videography experience with Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting led to work as a producer for Rogers Television in Ottawa, Canada. I worked for twelve years and built lifelong friendships with my bright and talented Rogers co-workers, and along the way I learned how to write for the spoken word.

Arlene editing circa 1988
Arlene editing at the Rogers Television office in Kanata, circa 1988

When my second child was born I chose to work from home. My Rogers friendships and community connections led to freelance work as a video script writer.

Many of the writing principles that apply to spoken word and video scripts also apply to web content. That was the natural next step on my freelance writing path.

I also do some creative writing every day. I am currently enrolled in the Creative Writing – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry program at the Humber School for Writers. By the time I finish in the spring I will have completed the first draft of a novel: Life Lessons from Dead Women. (The dead really know how to live, and they know the world is better with the Montreal Expos in it.)

My short stories (which have prompted my husband to consider seeking out Stephen King’s wife to commiserate) have been published in the DESCANT, the Blood Is Thicker anthology and a Writer’s Digest compilation.

I love sports, and my favourite time of year is when I give my television remote a good workout by watching baseball, hockey, tennis, and curling all at the same time.

I have been a member of Trinity United Church in Ottawa for more than twenty years. It is place of open minds, open hearts, inspiration and goosebump moments.

Arlene with her dog, Sasha, at a baseball game
Enjoying one of my favourite pastimes – an afternoon at a baseball game.