The 2014 winner is Sheena Gingerich, MSc.

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Sheena Gingerich, the winner of the 2014 SCRIPT Award, is a Toronto-based medical illustrator. After graduating with a BSc from the University of Waterloo, Sheena pursued an MSc in Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto. Although the program specialized in medical illustration, Sheena designed a self-directed medical writing course to further diversify her ability to communicate complex science topics to a wide range of audiences.

In her winning mini-epic, “The Crossing”, Sheena captures the struggle of aging in a single tense moment. She puts to good use both her ear for a memorable phrase and her eye for effective design. The words of the piece came together in one sitting, as Sheena looked out a coffee shop window on her day off. The layout, to which the piece owes much of its drama, came later, as she returned to her draft and polished it. Form and content work together, building tension to the final line, when the piece’s protagonist —and the reader—can finally take a deep breath.

Sheena has always enjoyed writing and is a long-time journal-keeper. She has previously won awards for non-fiction writing; this is her first award for a work of fiction.

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