The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop

meet the team.

Tasneem Jamal

Writing Coach

Tasneem Jamal was born in Uganda and immigrated to Canada in 1975. After more than a decade spent working as a journalist at a number of Canadian daily newspapers, she published her debut novel Where the Air Is Sweet in 2014.

Pam Patel

Performance Coach

Actor Pam Patel is the artistic director of MT Space, Waterloo Region's first and only multicultural theatre company. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's music program, Pam has acquired a special focus in improvisation, both music and physical theatre.

Carrie Snyder

Program Coordinator

Carrie Snyder is the author of three books of fiction, including Girl Runner, which was nominated for the Roger's Trust Fiction Prize and The Juliet Stories, nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Waterloo.

Maha Eid

Assistant Program Coordinator

Maha Eid is a Graduate Program Coordinator at the University of Waterloo. She worked as a research assistant for the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan as part of a data collection team for a study on household food insecurity of Syrian refugees in Canada. Maha participated in the first X Page Workshop in 2019 and her story was titled “My Cherished Siblings.”

Sumeyra Nurcan

Peer Mentor

Sumeyra was born in Izmir, Turkey. She earned degrees in Critical Theatre and Dramaturgy, worked as a drama teacher and presented cultural programs on the radio. She had been working in the cultural services department of a local municipality and writing her master thesis about archetypes in film before she immigrated to Canada in 2016.

Melissa Durrell

Vocal Coach

Melissa Durrell is an insatiably curious news junkie and political wonk. Sharpening her journalism and storytelling skills as a CTV reporter, she is now the President of Durrell Communications, where she ampliflies changemakers from tech firms to women’s human rights organizations. Melissa also served two terms as a Waterloo City Councillor in the Uptown ward where she lives.

Pamela Mulloy

Editor & Mentor

Pamela Mulloy is the Editor of The New Quarterly and the Creative Director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Her debut novel The Deserters was published by Véhicule Press in April, 2018. She has lived in Poland, England and the United States and now lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Anandi Carroll-Woolery

Editor & Mentor

Anandi Carroll-Woolery is an auditor with the Government of Canada. She is the host of Your Region This Week on Rogers tv, and also an active member of Toastmasters International. Anandi is a member of the local theatre troupe “Flex We Talent”, where she has served as writer, producer, and director for many of their projects. Anandi participated in the 2020 X Page Workshop and her story was titled “The Virgin.”

Lamees Al Ethari holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo, where she has been teaching creative and academic writing since 2015. She has published a collection of poems titled From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris (2018) and, more recently, a memoir titled Waiting for the Rain (2019).

Emily Bednarz

Administrative Assistant

Emily Bednarz joined The New Quarterly as Managing Editor in September 2018. She holds an MA in English from the University of Western Ontario and three-quarters of a PhD in Canadian Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is honoured to be applying her affinity for spreadsheets and online forms as a part of the X Page team!