Good writers are hard to come by. Good communicators who understand people, see the big picture and think strategically are even harder to find.

After over a decade in the communications field, Karen Allen founded The Written Edge to blend her passions for writing, creativity and customer service. Her dream was to help forward-thinking organizations improve the quality of people’s lives, by helping those organizations communicate and promote vital information, products and services.

How We Began…

Growing up in rural New Brunswick, there wasn’t a great deal of excitement for a young girl outside of climbing trees, swimming in the ocean and picking blueberries. So Karen spent much of her free time reading and writing poems and stories in her journal. A dedicated student, she tortured her teachers by handing in essays that were twice the required length.

That early interest in words translated into a Bachelor of Arts in languages (French and Spanish) and a Master of Journalism. After university, Karen worked as a technical writer and website editor for Nortel Networks, a website project manager for Imatics Inc., a senior communications advisor and corporate communications manager for Justice Canada, and manager of internal communications for Industry Canada.

Throughout her career, Karen noticed a distinct need for top-quality communicators who could combine writing, editing, leadership, strategic thinking and creativity. So she set out to launch her own business, and The Written Edge became reality.


The Written Edge is a privately-held sole proprietorship founded on Karen’s skills and knowledge. Karen works with freelance associates to provide back-up for her services and combine expertise for larger projects. See Our People for more information.

For more information about how we work, please see Our Mission.



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