About Léandre & Stellar Writing

Background & Education

 

I grew up in Saguenay, Canada, a mostly French-speaking (and cold) area. I started writing at age 15 — in French, since it was the only language I mastered then.

I started writing out of sheer boredom. Growing up in the countryside isn't for everyone, and I needed something to keep myself alive and stimulated. Since I started writing, I've never felt bored again.

In my teens, I realized I didn't want to be limited by my mother tongue and culture. I began to study the English language obsessively. I moved to Montreal, where I studied English literature and professional writing at Concordia University. Learning English the hard way quickly made me a writing expert.

While at Concordia, I published my first book in French, Hétérochrome, which received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The Trivium Method

 

Something else happened during my time at Concordia University. Two wonderful women named Juliet and Jennifer took a chance on me by giving me a writing assistant position at Concordia's writing centre.

To say I loved the job would be an understatement. I've made it my full-time job by becoming a writing coach. My work at the writing centre consisted of helping students become better writers and empowering them. I wouldn't be doing what I do now if it weren't for this position.

Although I started working on the Trivium Method of Writing at Concordia's writing center, I mostly developed in Nottingham, England, where I was an exchange student. In 2018, I moved to Robin Hood's city for about six months. The old country was fantastic to me; it gave me the time and mind space to develop and simplify my process.

The picture besides was taken at the University of Nottingham's coffee shop.

Teaching in the U.S. as a Fulbright Fellow

After graduating cum laude with a B.A. Honours in English literature and a minor in professional writing, I took on a Fulbright fellowship in Williamsport, PA, where I was the French language teaching assistant at Lycoming College.

You read that right — French language teaching assistant. Ironically, I was able to fulfill my dream of moving to the U.S. through the asset I've taken for granted the most, my mother tongue. In any case, the program was a wonderful experience.

Thanks to the Fulbright fellowship, I've created long-lasting relationships with Americans and met incredible Fulbrighters from all over the world. I also had the opportunity to speak to a crowd of 400 people at the Fulbright FLTA mid-year conference and to volunteer as an interpreter for a United Nations conference.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic cut short the fellowship by a few months. If you want, I'll tell you the story of how I rushed out of the U.S. border with a rented car.

Ask me about it when we chat!

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