Thanks for visiting RAS Words — a subsidiary of communications company RAS Creative, and the home of RoseAnna Schick’s published writing. RoseAnna has been sharing her words for many years, and has a large archive of stories (and photographs) available for republishing in whole or part. She is also available for specific assignments, copywriting for marketing materials, editing of just about anything, and creating specialized content for your blog, website, and online properties.
BIO FOR ROSEANNA SCHICK
RoseAnna Schick is a travel columnist and photographer based in Winnipeg, Canada. Her specialties are outdoor adventure, indoor luxury, active living, and healthy thinking. She’s also into golfing destinations, magnificent churches, historic castles, ancient ruins, and mysterious hauntings. And she absolutely loves spas and resorts, anything to do with nature, taking the train just about anywhere, soaking up the sunset, and beachcombing at sunrise…
RoseAnna thrives on discovering new places and insights, and has traveled to and written about international destinations like Germany, Austria, Hungary, Australia, Mexico, and The Bahamas. In the US, she has covered New York, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cape Cod, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Canada, her stories have featured Ottawa, Quebec City, Quebec Maritime, Iles de la Madeleine, and Cape Breton. She has also showcased attractions, activities and events throughout her home province of ‘Friendly Manitoba’ – a place she is very proud of!
In addition to successful freelance placement in more than 20 different print publications since 1994, RoseAnna’s writing and photography has been syndicated by the Canadian Press newswire. She is currently the travel columnist (Travelations) for Winnipeg’s Canstar chain of weeklies, and has so far written 85+ columns for their bi-weekly publishing. She’s the golf columnist for Mytoba.ca, healthy living writer for Examiner.com, and entertainment columnist for First Nations Voice newspaper.
RoseAnna previously contributed a golf column (Fore! Play) for two seasons and snowmobile column (On Track) for one season to the Winnipeg Free Press, a golf blog (The Back Nine) to Travel Manitoba, and a fitness and health column (Fit Nations) to the Urban NDN monthly newspaper.
A consummate communications professional, RoseAnna runs her own company called RAS Creative. She specializes in working with entertainment, lifestyle, corporate and cultural clients from music and motion pictures, arts and entertainment, sports and recreation, travel and tourism, and the Aboriginal community. Established in 1995, RAS Creative is Winnipeg’s premiere ‘go to’ boutique PR company, and one of Canada’s leading independent publicity houses.
When she isn’t writing something, or looking for something to write about… RoseAnna is passionate about pretending to be an athlete. She can often be found on the Red River trying to keep up with Winnipeg Rowing Club’s competitive team, focusing on finessing her delivery out of the hack at several curling rinks, working on stickhandling and powerskating to keep her spot on the Goaldiggers hockey team, or out practicing her swing on any given golf course. She also fancies herself an avid outdoor adventurer, and likes to roam around the wilderness any chance she gets… any place she can… the more remote the better…
PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL MEMBERSHIPS
- Travel Media Association of Canada
- Professional Writers Association of Canada
- Canadian Women in Communications
- Canadian Public Relations Society
- Manitoba Writers’ Guild
- Manitoba Writers’ Collective
- Western Canadian Music Alliance
- Manitoba Music
- On Screen Manitoba
- Winnipeg Film Group
- Arts & Cultural Industries Manitoba
- New Media Manitoba
- Nature Manitoba
- Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
- Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
- Manitoba Métis Federation
- Red River College Alumni Association
- University of Winnipeg Alumni Association
- Camp Stephens Alumni Association
- Winnipeg Rowing Club
- Manitoba Rowing Association
- Rowing Canada Aviron
- Curl Manitoba
- Adult Safe Hockey League
LIFE-LONG PENCHANT FOR THE PEN
RoseAnna has been a writer all her life. Her love affair with the written word can be traced back to a poem she wrote for Warren Elementary school newspaper at the age of eight, and starting a journal at the age of nine. The same year, she won third place in a Christmas short story contest presented by the Stonewall Argus – and experienced the thrill of having her work published in a real newspaper, with a real byline, for the first time. She was also excited by the $20 prize that came with it, because it afforded her the chance to get her ears pierced, with enough money left over to buy doodle art.
After moving to Winnipeg at ten years old, RoseAnna wrote letters to dearly missed country classmates. At her new school in the ‘big city’ she wrote and illustrated a children’s book, and wrote her first speech while running for elementary school president in Grade 6. Junior high brought many new writing adventures – creating a newspaper during library class, publishing a poem in a book of student poetry, and giving the valedictorian address at Grade 9 graduation. In high school, RoseAnna discovered that writing song lyrics lessened the hurt of teenage heart-breaks, and keeping a diary reflected upon the ups-and-downs of becoming an adult. She also enjoyed delivering the teachers’ roast at Grade 12 grad.
Then came the most amibitious project to date – creating, writing, producing and distributing a newspaper for fellow summer camp staff on Lake of the Woods, all on a volunteer basis. Camp Stephens Surroundings was a true labour of love – and a bona fide hit! Published every two weeks for two seasons running, you would often find RoseAnna typing away in the wee hours before cranking out each highly anticipated issue on the old Gestetner duplicating machine. Hot off the presses! It was also a sign of things to come, as ten years later, RoseAnna found herself a corporate partner and co-creator of the entertainment weekly Connect!, which put out 28 issues in Winnipeg during 1998. It was a dream come true for this wanna-be-publisher, albeit short lived.
Today, RoseAnna is extremely satisfied to have made a successful career out of the craft of writing. She writes and edits for a variety of artistic and commercial applications, taking great pleasure in refining written messages for others. She also entertains the masses as a freelance writer and contributor of feature articles for newspapers, magazines, and the growing online market.
While the next evolution of RoseAnna’s writing is yet to take shape, it will soon venture into the realm of books – with non-fiction and fiction manuscripts in the works. She also considers herself a writer ‘in development’ for film and television screenplays, and is learning the craft through mentorships, writer programs, and professional development opportunities. In other words, it’s still on her list of ‘things to do’ in life.