About Michele Sponagle
I’ve been writing and editing for decades, or at least, it feels that way because I’ve covered a lot of ground over my career. I thought I was going to grow up and be an advertising copywriter, but my love of journalism took over. I took my first job in media at Maclean’s magazine, followed by an editorial position at Flare. I was laid off as a recession hit. Armed with a slim writing portfolio, I managed to snag freelance assignments for top publications, such as Chatelaine, Canadian Living and the Toronto Star. I was squarely on the path to becoming a bona fide freelance writer.
I’m often asked, “What do you write about?” The short answer is anything that interests me. The longer answer is that I generally enjoy lifestyle writing, including health, finance, travel, trends, real estate, retail, food and drink. It’s a long list, but these subjects continue to inspire me.
I’m fortunate to have amazing clients that keep me busy. They include websites (ELLE, Marie Claire, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, TheKitchn, She Knows, SmarterTravel, etc.), newspapers and magazines, like Food & Drink. I also served as a project manager at the Globe & Mail, producing sponsored content for a variety of clients. I’m the senior editor at Hotel-Addict.com, a fun project that allows me to indulge my passion for hotels.
In the past, I have edited magazines like Elm Street (a multi-award-winning women’s publication), Pursuit, REV and Leafs Nation; worked part-time at the Globe and Mail covering television and taught magazine editing at George Brown College. I have written two books about Corner Gas (Tales from Dog River and Dog River Confidential, both Penguin Canada), plus contributed profiles for the award-winning Goodness: Recipes & Stories.
For two years, I served as president of the Travel Media Association of Canada, a professional association for producers of travel content and industry members, as vice president for one year and volunteered for the membership committee for seven years.
If you have a project that needs top-tier skills, please send me a message via the contact form on my site. I look forward to connecting with you.