Our Instructors

Lazarus James

Lazarus James received a B.A. in philosophy and English literature from McGill University and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. Previously a teaching assistant in philosophy at the University of Toronto, he has worked as a freelance editor and held editorial internships at Colborne Communications and HarperCollins. Lazarus currently also works as an editorial assistant at the University of Toronto Press.



Cellan Jay
Cellan Jay received an Honours B.A. in English literature from York University and a Master’s degree in second language education from OISE/UT. She has taught writing and grammar courses to international graduate students and newcomer professionals at UT’s School of Graduate Studies and School of Continuing Studies. Cellan also works as a freelance writer and editor. Her credits include website content, educational and settlement materials, and funding proposals. Cellan has been the recipient of numerous arts grants for her poetry, which has been published widely in Canadian journals including Grain, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and Prism International.



Josh Thorpe

Josh Thorpe is an artist and writer living in Toronto. He has a Master’s in Visual Studies from University of Toronto, and he works as a consultant and freelance writer. Thorpe’s artwork has been exhibited in Canada, the US, and Europe, and he is the author of Dan Graham Pavilions: A Guide (Art Metropole), The Unexpected (Swimmers Group), and numerous articles and interviews. He has taught writing at university since 2009, and he works with student writers to develop both technical and unconventional approaches to the process.



Vikki Visvis
Vikki Visvis received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto in 2004. She has taught at the Innis College Writing Centre since 2007. Currently, Vikki is also a lecturer at the University of Toronto. She has taught courses in the Department of English since 2004, and in the Innis Writing and Rhetoric Program since 2009. She also has experience as an ESL tutor, and has worked at other writing centres on campus. She has published in her research areas on Canadian and American literature. In 2012-13, Vikki was the recipient of ASSU’s Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award.



Rebecca Vogan
Rebecca Vogan received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario, where she earned the Helen B. Allison Gold Medal, and an M.A. from Queen’s University, where she held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Special Scholarship. She has worked as an editor for over twenty years and in 1994 began teaching editing courses at George Brown College. She currently teaches copy editing in Ryerson University’s publishing program and enjoys helping both students and professional writers to improve their language skills. She has specialized in editing fiction, literary nonfiction, language arts textbooks, and ESL resources, but has worked on manuscripts in many other subject areas as well. Becky has been working at the Innis College Writing Centre since 2002.