Heather Clark

Alumni

B.A., M.F.A. (UVic)

 

Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Creative nonfiction, travel writing.

Biography

“Follow your heart and dare to seize opportunities.” This is the philosophy that has guided Heather for the past 13 years. Sure, it helps to be in the right place at the right time, but it’s what you do with that cosmic good fortune that matters. At age 18, Heather took off to Kenya for her first independent backpacking trip. What started as an adventure— inspired by curiosity and a powerful desire to experience new cultures— quickly turned into an addiction and now simply is a way of life. Heather’s travels have taken her around the world. Working as a scuba instructor, she lived in Australia, the South of Spain, Thailand and CuraƧao. Her past few years were spent in Central & South America, working as a tourleader.

During a two-year stint in Amsterdam, Heather immersed herself in the world of international higher education, working in Communications for a non-profit association (the EAIE). This gave her the opportunity to collaborate with many inspiring writers, and to interview Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. Heather continues to freelance as copy editor in this sector.

Travel writing (surprise, surprise) is where Heather’s interest lie as a writer. Her years on the road have inspired her to research and write about what drives people to explore the world and, in doing so, themselves; why travellers feel united as a sub-culture and whether ethical travel per definition is possible. By enriching ourselves, are we impoverishing others?

 

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