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Dorothy Cheng

poetry. short fiction. travel writing. blogging.

Malaysia | Canada

About Me

I am an aspiring writer born in Singapore, raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and currently based in Toronto, Canada. I am quite certain that life is going to continue dropping me in random parts of the world, which luckily for me is part of the plan.

I have a BA (Honours) in History, and I minored in English Literature. I have worked as a journalist, copywriter, and ghost writer, but really I just want to be a writer - the kind that writes about made-up characters and not-so-made-up problems. 


I was awarded the Timothy Findley Creative Writing Prize in 2018 and the P.K. Page Poetry Prize as a student at Trent. I have been published in anthologies, journals, magazines, and as a journalist and ghostwriter.


I write about food, culture, geeks, and badass women. I try to do sci-fi, sometimes. I should really read more.

Check out my writing under four categories: Poetry, Prose, Serotonin Tourist, and The Third Culture. Serotonin Tourist is my travel blog focusing on the experience of travelling with that pesky carry-on, depression. How do I negotiate never wanting to go outside with having a life goal of seeing the world?

In my free time I like to go to metal concerts and scream at the band, or play video games and scream at the computer. I have compiled my creative works here, at least the ones that don't make me want to scream even more. I can be contacted for commissions or project offers (because I'm trying to do this for a living) or just for the heck of it. 

Achievements & Experience

Timothy Findley Writing Award 2018

P.K. Page Poetry Prize 2019

Chickenscratch 2018

Chickenscratch 2019

Trent Journal of Undergraduate Studies 2017

Sunway University Poetry Slam Winner 2014


The Sun Daily

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nov 2012 - Dec 2013

  • Published more than 250 articles syndicated online and in print

  • Interviewed public personalities including politicians, celebrities, and activists

  • Covered international conferences, corporate and government events, investigative stories, NGOs, and the General Elections

Ghostwriter and Editor

Joey Yap Research Group

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jun 2014 - Jan 2018

  • Created and edited content for more than 30 titles in Joey Yap’s best-selling book collection

  • Worked in bulk with tight deadlines, writing up to 250 pages in two weeks

  • Gained remote work experience and communicated with supervisors across time-zones

Writer and Editor



Jan 2013 - Aug 2014

  • Wrote reviews, editorials, and interviews while working with a fully online, global team

  • Covered performances and interviewed bands including Metallica and Destruction

Freelance Copywriter



Jun 2018 - Present

  • Communicated with a primarily non-English speaking team to create copies in English

  • Worked within a startup environment and adjusted accordingly to spontaneous structure


I am accepting commissions, always on the lookout for creative projects to be a part of, and happy to work freelance. You can also hit me up through my social media, linked at the bottom of the page.

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