Bill joined the School of Journalism in 2002-2003, teaching “Advanced Magazine Writing” to final-year undergraduates and “Introduction to Feature Writing” to second-year undergraduates. From 2003-2008, he taught both sections of Magazine Masthead, the capstone course that produces the two annual ...
Bill joined the School of Journalism in 2002-2003, teaching “Advanced Magazine Writing” to final-year undergraduates and “Introduction to Feature Writing” to second-year undergraduates. From 2003-2008, he taught both sections of Magazine Masthead, the capstone course that produces the two annual editions of the Ryerson Review of Journalism. More recently, he developed courses for the school’s revised curriculum. In Winter 2008 he created the aforementioned “Magazine and Feature Writing,” and in Winter 2009 he taught the second-year Master of Journalism course, “Visions of Literary Journalism,” for the first time (the undergraduate version of the course, JRN 508, sports the somewhat less pretentious title, “Literary Journalism”). In Fall 2008, Bill created the second-year undergraduate course, “Journalism and Ideas,” and in Fall 2009, Bill, Ivor Shapiro and Kamala Al-Solaylee created “Feature Reporting Workshop.” Most recently, in Winter 2010, Ivor and Bill co-taught a revamped second-year undergraduate course, “Elements of Feature Writing.”
Prior to joining Ryerson, Bill spent 15 years working as a full-time journalist, including a decade-long run as associate editor (1991-1993), managing editor (1993-1996) and editor (1996-2002) of the Toronto-based alternative newspaper/magazine, Eye Weekly (now the Grid). His freelance features, columns, editorials and reviews have appeared in various dailies, weeklies and magazines, such as the Globe and Mail, the Hamilton Spectator, Canadian Business, the Walrus, This magazine and the Calgary Herald’s Swerve. Bill got his start in journalism in the mid-eighties at the helm of Vex magazine, a Calgary-based music and arts monthly.
Bill’s primary area of research is literary journalism. He is co-founder and current President (2012-2014) of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (www.ialjs.org, established 2006). He is active as a scholar of literary journalism while still dabbling as a practitioner.