LIFE IS SHORT. GET IT WRITTEN.
Seizing The Great Stories That Still Walk Among Us
Who is Paul Fenn?
I’m a writer who began his career in travel writing, switched to magazine reportage and editorial, then expanded into copywriting in advertising and digital, then to video, TV & film screenwriting and now… biographies. As a copywriter, I’ve long inhabited a strange paradox in which I communicate on behalf of others things they know better than me. So writing biographies came as a natural extension of all that. I bring a life experience that’s international and beyond unique; a Brobdingnagian vocabulary, which I know when and when not to apply; a love of research and historical context; a need to read everything under the sun; and a fierce addiction to daily writing.
Why work with me?
Because given the opportunity, I can demonstrate – through the provision of writing samples, the manner in which I conduct interviews, undertake contextual research and bust my fingertips to bring each page to life – that I’m the right man for the job. Because we live in dangerously homogenizing times where the bohemian one-offs, the “Grey Gardens” eccentrics, the “damn the torpedoes” generation is dying out, and no one’s replacing them. Because too many interesting people leave us with no written record of their exploits, triumphs, and failures, how they changed things and were changed by them. And that is a slow-burning tragedy.
"Hold Off on Their Inheritance Until They've Read Your Biography. Then Quiz Them."
- Paul Fenn, Toronto Copywriter
Great Stories Shouldn’t Die With Those Who Lived Them
Let’s say you know someone larger than life. And now they’re getting on in years – or they’re gone. Who will remember them and how? Will all the things they said, did and left behind be remembered in detail or gradually forgotten? Is such a life not worth collating, immortalizing and honoring in print so it can be passed along to future generations?
The thrill-ride of my inaugural commissioned biography
It celebrates a man, my Uncle Jack, who won over and impressed most everyone who crossed paths, or swords, with him. Researching it exposed me to people and events in his life that I’d never heard or thought about, and gave me a depth of knowledge and comfort about my own family’s history. Not all of it was great news, but it did shed light on the kinds of people and thinking that preceded me, us, and delivered the cushy world we ingrates now inhabit!
History is everything
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