our instructors

Sharon English
Sharon English has been teaching writing at Innis College since 2000, both in the Writing Centre and the Writing and Rhetoric program, where she teaches creative writing. Sharon received an MA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario and has subsequently worked as a freelance editor and writing teacher at Ryerson University, George Brown College, and the School of Continuing Studies at U of T. She has published short fiction in numerous literary journals, including Best Canadian Stories, as well as two collections of short stories, Uncomfortably Numb (2002) and Zero Gravity (2006), which was long-listed for the Giller Prize.

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.

Thea Lim
Thea Lim has taught writing since 2008, to writers of every stripe, from fine arts students to engineers to culinary students to first years to autoworkers. Her writing has been published by the Guardian, Salon, Utne Reader, Jezebel and others, and she served on the editorial boards of Racialicious.com and Shameless Magazine. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and she also teaches at the University College Writing Centre and the School of Continuing Studies.

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.