Tim has written personal essays, academic papers, software instructions, humour, poetry, historical biographies, short stories, and articles on topics from using computers in education to vacationing in an RV. He is currently working on a thriller novella and has drafted several romance novels. He’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and a member of the Writers’ Council at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
- Film Classification in Canada and the United States – journal article under review.
- Children’s Participation Rights in Film Classification Systems (journal article), reprinted in Children’s Rights: New Issues, New Themes, New Perspectives.
- Food Containers of My Exes (short humour)
Tim provides services for writers, from editing to research and web site consulting. He’s a member of the American Copy Editors Society, has three university degrees, and many years’ experience editing corporate documents. He takes courses to keep his skills up-to-date, including a recent Copy Editing course from the University of Calgary.
He volunteers for a community theatre, writing and editing program and newsletter items, maintains the web site for the poetry group Open Heart Forgery, and teaches free WordPress courses at the library.
Recent projects include editing and formatting an NGO report, editing and indexing a university textbook, and assisting development of several websites.
“Your feedback was thoughtful and productive, and it was a big help to me as I fleshed out my main character and made the story setting more realistic.”
Film Classification Research
Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He developed an interest in gender theories and film studies in that program, and explored the interest further in an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. He began to specialize in film classification, particularly in Canada, and researched that in a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies. He has published two papers in peer reviewed journals, and has a third under review. See Writing for details. He continues to take film courses, and has recently completed courses in film noir and the Nova Scotia film industry.
Note: All links to film classification search results for Ontario are not working, due to website updates there. These links will be updated once their site is updated.
Other interests include Children’s Rights. From 1999 to 2008 Tim maintained the website for the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. He’s prepared this list of Children’s Rights books, and this Wikipedia article on Children’s Rights Education, and written this journal article: Children’s Participation Rights in Film Classification Systems.
Tim has lived in various places in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. He loves Library Thing and Facebook, is on goodreads, and has a few videos on YouTube. Sometimes he tweets, @trcovell, and he’s also on Instagram, tim.covell