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 the business as a junior-nothing-nobody at Maclean’s magazine, followed by slightly more elevated editorial position at Flare. I was laid off as a recession hit. Armed with a slim writing portfolio, I managed, by some miracle, to snag freelance assignments for top publications, such Chatelaine, Canadian Living and the Toronto Star. I 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. That covers topics such as health, travel, style, trends, profiles, entertainment (especially television in my case), décor, food and wine. It’s a long list, but these are all subjects that inspire me. The mix is always morphing and evolving. These days, about half of my work is travel-related. Not surprisingly, I spend plenty of time on planes and at airports on my way to various places all over the world, from Kenya to Kamloops, from Paris to Peru.
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. I’m the digital content manager at YouAreUNLTD, a website devoted to healthy aging. I also serve as project manager at the Globe & Mail, producing sponsored content for a wide variety of clients. I’m senior editor at Hotel-Addict.com, a fun project that allows me to indulge my passion for hotels.
In the past, I’ve 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; taught magazine editing at George Brown College, and written two books about Corner Gas (Tales from Dog River and Dog River Confidential, both Penguin Canada), plus contributed profiles for Goodness: Recipes & Stories. I also served as president of the Travel Media Association of Canada, a professional association for producers of travel content and industry members, for two years, vice president for one and a volunteer for the membership committee for seven years.
If you have a project that needs an expert to execute, a story that you need to be written, copy that needs to be tweaked to make it shine, or an interesting opportunity that fits my skill set, you’re welcome to send me a message via the contact form on my site. I look forward to connecting with you.