Dynamic, adaptable, hardworking, Canadian individual with exceptional writing and language skills.
Enthusiastic bibliophile with a wide range of extra curricular activities enhanced by a broad international experience due to living and attending school in three different countries (Canada, USA and the United Kingdom).
Lived and attended school in Canada: Edmonton, Alberta (1991-1998); Ottawa, Ontario (2004 to 2005); and Victoria, British Columbia (Sept 2010 to present), USA: San Diego, California (1998 to 2004) and United Kingdom: Oadby, Leicester (2005 to 2010)
Interests: Passionate writer and avid reader, fervent Victorianist and general historian, experienced traveler, enjoys spending time with pets (cat and dog).
University of Victoria, Bachelor of Arts, major: English Literature, minor: History, September 2010 to April 2014.
ENGL 303: Copy Editing for Professional Writers University of Victoria.
WRS 204: Professional and Technical Writing University of Alberta.
WRITE 298: Writing Nonfiction University of Alberta (instructed by Tim Bowling).
3 A-Levels English Language, English Literature, History (grades AAB) The Beauchamp College, Oadby Leicester UK, June 2010.
11 GCSEs, (including French, Graphic Design and Media Studies) grades A* to B (3 A*, 6 A, 3 B), The Beauchamp College, Oadby Leicester UK, August 2008.
French Immersion Program Alta Vista Public School, Ottawa, Ontario, 2004 to 2005.
Software: Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel and Access), Adobe Photoshop, e-mail and Internet packages.)
January to April 2014: Victorian Review (University of Victoria) Copy Editor
Copyedited more than 50 pages of scholarly journal edits prior to publication.
Sent final manuscripts to the printers.
Aided in academic research on 19th century literature.
Updated page layouts for consistency.
January 2014 (ongoing):
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (University of Victoria) Copy Editor
Copyedited and templated entries to be posted online.
October to December 2013:
History Department (University of Victoria) Work Study Research Assistant
Used 19th Century British Library Newspapers database to research the British penal system from 1800-1830.
Recorded data entries in Excel.
July to August 2012 and 2013; June to August 2011:
School of Public Health, Health Technology & Policy Unit (University of Alberta) Research Assistant
Conducted multiple telephone interviews to participants of study on hearing disorders.
Updated files and records, including organizing hundreds of research papers according to Dewey Decimal System classifications.
Prepared more than 500 consent forms for mailing.
Transferred data from Microsoft Excel to Access.
Aided in grant research.
Used library database to find research sources and worked closely with staff librarian on article searches.
Formatted tables using Microsoft Word.
Transcribed recorded interviews
VOLUNTEER AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
September 2014 (ongoing): The Gateway (University of Alberta) Volunteer Writer
Regularly contributes 500+ word reviews and opinion pieces.
Attends weekly Opinions and Arts and Culture meetings to pitch article ideas.
LitFest Book Seller
Sold books during book launches, author panels, and readings.
Liaised with high profile authors and members of Edmonton’s non-fiction literary community.
June to July 2012 to 2014
FreeWill Shakespeare Festival Line-Up Patrol Officer
Conducted line-up organization and provided ticket purchase information.
October 2013 to April 2014
Martlet Independent Newspaper (University of Victoria, UVSS) Staff Writer
Achieved Staff Status by contributing three articles and attending three consecutive meetings during a full school term.
Wrote 500+ word reviews, opinion pieces, and articles on campus events.
Attended campus events and interviewed participants and organizers.
Attended meetings for story pitches once a week.
September 2010-April 2014
English Students’ Association (University of Victoria) Director At Large
Attended biweekly meetings for the undergraduate English course union to organize events and discuss financial matters for the club.
Helped set up, and welcome UVic students and English faculty at the Shakespeare Onstage Offstage: Shakespeare’s Big Books event (October 5th, 2013).
Represented the ESA at Clubs and Course days and promoted student interest.
Discussed financial matters in great detail.
September 2010 to March 2014
Albatross Undergraduate English Peer Reviewed Journal (University of Victoria) General Editor and Copy Editor in Chief
Organized and attended peer review workshops for papers submitted for course credit.
Scrutinized undergraduate English paper submissions.
Reviewed and copyedited scholarly papers for publication.
Made editorial decisions regarding design, layout and final copyediting.
Liaised with English Faculty advisors.
Organized launch parties and fundraisers.
Led ten hours of copyediting sessions.
Worked one on one with submitters through multiple drafts of submissions.
December 2007 to July 2010
The Beauchamp College Beauch Speech (Leicester, UK) Writer
Resurrected high school magazine after years of neglect.
Wrote reviews, attended school events, and interviewed staff and students.
Successfully rallied for school renovations by covering student response to financial mismanagement.
PERSONAL WRITING PROJECTS
Pinkoski, Sophie. Time, Undone (sequel to Time, Regardless) 2008-2013
350,000 word manuscript, completed.
Pinkoski, Sophie. Down the Rabbit Hole and Timber: A Cinderella Story, 2011
50,000 word manuscript completed within the month of November 2011 for 2011 National Novel Writing Month Contest (NaNoWriMo.com).
Pinkoski, Sophie. Time, Regardless, 2005-2008
165,000 word manuscript completed, currently in editing phase with intent to submit for publication.
Pinkoski, Sophie. Death Wish, 2008
50,000 word manuscript completed for 2008 NaNoWriMo.
Lisa Surridge (University of Victoria) Victorian Research Professor and Editor for The Victorian Review
Phone: (250) 721-7246
Tania Stafinski (University of Alberta) Director of the Health Technology and Policy Unit
Phone: (780) 492-4791
Leigh-Ann Topfer (University of Alberta) Coordinator and Staff Librarian, Information Services for the Health Technology & Policy Unit
Phone: (780) 492-9079