About Steve McCutchen

Steve McCutchen, Ottawa Writer

Steve McCutchen, Ottawa Writer

I guess this is where I write about myself, right?

An aspiring writer and a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and all things Nintendo, I was born and raised in the small town of Woodstock, Ontario before moving to Ottawa in 2001 to attend Carleton University.

Although I earned my degree in Journalism, it was my minor in Film Studies and my involvement in organizations such as the Carleton Film Society and Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company that really appealed me (a lot more than asking people to perform tricks for phony b-roll footage, at any rate).

That’s why I decided to continue my studies at Algonquin College, where I enrolled in the post-graduate Scriptwriting program. While it was a lot of work, it was also a hell of a lot of fun, and my experience at Algonquin ultimately led to me writing and directing a one-act play (Afterlife Inc.) that was produced by Sock ‘n’ Buskin and performed at Carleton for a brief two-night run in November 2006.

The place was packed, the play received great reviews, and all was well … well, except for the fact that I had a shit-ton of student loans to pay back.

Afterlife Inc., a One-Act Play by Steve McCutchen

Afterlife Inc., a One-Act Play by Steve McCutchen

And so, in August 2006 I landed a job as a web copywriter with a small marketing and advertising firm in Ottawa’s west end, where I became well-versed in the ways of marketing, copywriting, Google Analytics, search engine optimization and other such things. However, I felt that my professional writing obligations put a bit of a dent in my development as a creative writer – so that’s where this blog comes into the equation. It’s time for a new start – a 1-up mushroom for my creative writing, if you will – and I fully intend to get back into form by just letting loose and writing whatever the hell I want, whenever the hell I want.

So let’s see where this goes, shall we?

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