Ashleigh Mattern is a full-time freelance writer and editor based in Saskatoon. She works as a journalist, copywriter, and copy editor, specializing in arts and culture projects.
Her passion for journalism and editing was first sparked at the University of Saskatchewan student newspaper the Sheaf, where she worked as arts editor, copy editor, and editor-in-chief over several years. During her time at the Sheaf, she also held an internship at the StarPhoenix, worked as a copy editor at the Neighbourhood Express, and started freelancing part-time.
Following graduation from the U of S, Ashleigh worked for Saskatoon Media Group writing commercials for CJWW, Magic 98.3, and 92.9 the Bull. But her dream of working full-time as a freelancer called to her, so she left the nine-to-five office spaces in the summer of 2012 to become her own boss.
Her byline can be found in a variety of local publications, including Saskatoon Home, the StarPhoenix, Bridges, Planet S, Prairies North, and Arts & Science, the U of S College of Arts and Science magazine. She has also worked as a copywriter and editor for the City of Saskatoon, Martin Charlton Communications, Benchmark Public Relations, Island, and others.
Getting involved in the writing community is an important part of her work ethic. She’s a member of the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, the Saskatoon Writers’ Coop, and the Saskatoon Women’s Calendar Collective, which creates Herstory: A Canadian Women’s Calendar. She is the social media coordinator for both PWAC Sask, and the SWCC.
Although she first discovered her love for journalism at the Sheaf, one could argue her writing career started in childhood; almost as soon as she could string sentences together, she was writing stories. She still writes fiction to this day, and has a young adult fantasy novel in the works.
To connect and see samples of her work, visit ashleighmattern.com.