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  • Bert Archer

    Toronto, Ontario

    Bert Archer was born in Montreal, and raised and educated in Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Dublin and Toronto. He started work as a journalist in 1993, and has worked for many newspapers and magazines as an editor, manager, writer and columnist.

  • Gabrielle Bauer

    Toronto, Ontario

    Gabrielle has been a freelance writer for the past 19 years. She has written articles in just about all the major Canadian magazines, along with two published books. She's won several writing awards, including National Magazine Awards, KRW Awards, and the Canada Japan Book Prize (for her first book). Gabrielle also does medical writing for a large roster of pharmaceutical and pharma-marketing companies.

  • Kevin Brooker

    Calgary, Alberta

    Ever since he began professional writing in 1979 with the then-still-vital, P.J. O'Rourke-edited National Lampoon, Brooker has forged a voice that is at once wry, playful and authoritative. Known for his first draft excellence, he is a resolute generalist, equally able to develop captivating ideas on his own or deliver the precise package hoped for by the editor—in virtually any genre. Brooker is also an outspoken broadcaster with extensive CBC experience, and has co-hosted The Road Pops Program on CJSW Radio since 1985. Mad for skiing, surfing, cooking and growing food in his downtown back yard.

  • Lynn Coady

    Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario

    Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist, editor and journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta.  She has published six award-winning works of fiction and been nominated for all three of Canada’s top fiction prizes: the Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and the Writer’s Trust Award amongst others. She has acted as editor on novels and anthologies published by Doubleday Canada, House of Anansi Press, and Brindle and Glass Publishing.  She is also a writing teacher and mentor (most recently and regularly at the Banff Centre for the Arts) and frequently contributes non-fiction to magazines and newspapers across Canada.  She is the co-founder of the magazine Eighteen Bridges.

  • Christy Ann Conlin

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Christy Ann Conlin is a bestselling novelist, essayist, speech writer, ghost writer, editor, motivational speaker and educator.  Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies and journals in Canada and the United States. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an Education Degree from Acadia University.  She works with a broad range of clients in a creative capacity, providing writing services, writing workshops, coaching and mentoring.

  • David Eddie

    Toronto, Ontario

    I started out as a novelist, then wrote a sort-of parenting book. One day a long-haired man named Derek Finkle approached me to write a column for his fledgling men’s magazine Toro. That evolved into a column with The Globe and Mail, and later a book. I also created a TV show called The Yard for HBO Canada, and have written steadily for numerous magazines. I also consider myself an expert on marriage, having been married to the same out-of-my-league woman for 21 lovely years. I have three children rapidly turning into young men before my eyes.

  • Alison Garwood-Jones

    Toronto, Ontario

    Alison Garwood-Jones is an award-winning writer, blogger and a former editor with Elle Canada and Viva magazines. Her blog, "Society Pages," explores her take on human nature and was nominated in the "life" category of the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards. Alison was also recently cited as a favourite blogger by BrazenCareerist.com, a Washington D.C.- based work-related website for "next- generation professionals" profiled by 60 Minutes. Through her feature writing and media work, she has built a steady business doing social media workshops and digital consulting for corporate clients and solopreneurs. Starting in the fall of 2014, Alison will be an instructor in Digital Strategy and Communications Management at the University of Toronto (SCS).

    Before becoming a journalist and social media strategist, Alison was a museum intern and fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France, as well as a freelance curator at her hometown gallery, The Art Gallery of Hamilton. This was followed by a three-year stint in film when Alison worked as a historical consultant and writer with the Emmy Award-winning Devine Entertainment on their artist biopics that aired on HBO and PBS. Alison has teamed up with Devine again on their MacCap Learning Systems, an ed-tech start-up funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    After going digital, Alison revived her love of illustration. Her drawings, published on her Wordpress blog "Society Pages" and her Tumblr blog "iArt," have garnered the praise of legendary graphic designer Chip Kidd and illustrator Tom Bachtell of The New Yorker.

  • Malwina Gudowska

    London, United Kingdom and Calgary, Alberta

    Malwina Gudowska is an award-winning journalist who contributes to a variety of online and print publications. After a stint as an associate editor for Avenue, Calgary’s city magazine, she was the inaugural Alberta editor for FASHION before launching the Calgary edition of VitaminDaily.com. She has also moulded impressionable minds as an instructor at the University of Calgary and often appears on television and radio providing commentary on lifestyle trends. In addition to freelance writing, she is also currently a social media writer at The Net-A-Porter Group.

  • David Hayes

    Toronto, Ontario

    David Hayes is an award-winning freelance journalist, author, editor and teacher. A generalist, his special areas of interest are culture, media, social issues and advertising/marketing/branding. A long-time instructor, later faculty member, at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, today he teaches Advanced Feature Writing in Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Studies. He also has lectured and given workshops on various aspects of writing and journalism to a variety of organizations.

  • Robert Hercz

    Toronto, Ontario

    Robert earned a degree in engineering at the University of Toronto in 1979 and spent a decade in the computer industry, based in London (England), Toronto, and finally Los Angeles. During this time, he worked with a fascinating range of clients including the Vatican, the Los Alamos National Laboratories (home of the atomic bomb), and the National Library of France. Finding himself more interested in his clients’ backstories than their computer systems (and unfulfilled by corporate life), he became a full-time writer in 1990. Robert is also an avid photographer and regularly sells photos that illustrate his writing.

  • David Israelson

    Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

    David Israelson is a well-known writer, editor, manager and non-practising lawyer — known for his ability to analyze complex issues and make them easy to understand.

    David has worked at the Toronto Star, as environment reporter, housing reporter, business writer and editorial writer. From 1990 to 1993 he was Western Europe Bureau Chief, based in London. His longer works include two books and an academic paper on energy policy. In 2011-12 he was Senior Writer for Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. David is Principal of Eon Communications and Research. He is a dual Canada/U.S. citizen, a committed volunteer and a musician.

  • Alexandra Kimball

    Toronto, ON

    Alexandra is a freelance writer living in Toronto. Her journalism and essays have appeared in The Guardian, Toronto Life, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Elle Canada, and Reader’s Digest. Prior to her freelance career, she worked as a content producer, producing web, print, and interactive copy in the marketing and non-profit sector.

  • Nick Krewen

    Toronto, Ontario

    Over 32 years, Nick Krewen has written about entertainment for newspapers and magazines in Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand; interviewed Bob Dylan, Prince and Phil Collins; reviewed music (CDs and concerts), books, movies and DVDs; had his articles referenced in books about Shania Twain, Bob Dylan and country music; written sparkling copy for major corporations like General Motors, Universal Music and CARAS; edited Juno Award and CCMA souvenir programs; and written about romance, the environment, humour and consumerism.

    Praised for clean copy, accuracy, and an ability to clarify complex issues, this recently published author is also house trained.

  • Christine Langlois

    Toronto, Ontario

    Christine Langlois is a widely published magazine writer with a talent for narrative and experience writing everything from features to personal essays to service. Christine specializes in health and medical pieces but regularly covers a wide range of topics. She’s the author on one book, lead author on another and editor of a three-book series. To promote her books and articles, Christine has given speeches, done book tours, and made numerous radio and television appearances. Christine also writes and edits copy, and manages communications projects for a roster of corporate and government clients. Her website can be viewed at http://www.christinelanglois.com/.

  • Brooke Lockyer

    Toronto, Ontario

    Brooke Lockyer has been writing professionally for almost a decade. She began her career in 2005 penning advertorial copy for a Manhattan ad agency, and was soon contributing freelance articles to national and international magazines. Specializing in lifestyle and arts coverage, she recently had the pleasure of profiling up-and-coming and established jewellery designers, interviewing quirky and obsessive collectors, and reviewing fashion apparel and beauty products for Flare, House & Home, and Globe Style Advisor. Brooke has parlayed her extensive fashion, design, and cultural knowledge into corporate writing projects on a variety of topics, including an orthodontist’s transformative office makeover, hairstyling tools for industry insiders, and the disputed origins of a popular cocktail for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

  • Rona Maynard

    Toronto, Ontario

    Rona Maynard is an award-winning journalist who attracted a new generation of readers to Chatelaine, where her decade as Editor set a standard for building a brand through the connective power of stories. Her keynote speeches have won standing ovations across Canada; her memoir workshop keeps clients coming back. She has a national reputation as a mental health advocate. Whether your untold story is a corporate initiative, an awareness campaign or your own life, Rona knows how to distill the facts into a compelling narrative that will shape thinking and inspire action.

  • Paul McLaughlin

    Toronto, Ontario

    Paul is a highly experienced writer, communications specialist, interviewing and performance trainer and university teacher. He writes for both the journalism and corporate markets, and has produced virtually every kind of publication (as well as a few videos), including magazine and newspaper features, books, scripts, trade articles (ghosted at times), brochures, ad campaigns and plays.

    The author of Asking Questions: The Art of the Media Interview, he’s trained interviewers at the CBC and in private practice, and has lectured extensively on interviewing.

    He teaches in the Professional Writing program at York University, and previously at the schools of journalism at Ryerson and Carleton universities.

  • Jesse McLean

    Toronto, Ontario

    Jesse McLean is an award-winning humorist and culture commentator whose disciplines include technical writing, screenwriting, film and television criticism, humour articles and sketch comedy.  These varied talents conspire to deliver incisive, thoughtful and creative copy.  He has written process documentation for BMO, dialogue punch-up for Joe Flaherty and Brigitte Nielsen, ruminations on Wilhelm Reich’s “orgone accumulator” for PopMatters, how Rainer Maria Rilke might have negotiated Facebook for Yankee Pot Roast, and the inherent difficulties interviewing zombies for Eyes on Toronto with Stephen Eyes. Impromptu dance numbers lack technical grace but brim with “pizzazz”.

  • Adrien Sala

    Victoria, British Columbia and Vancouver Island Region

    Adrien Sala is a Victoria-based freelance writer and broadcaster with a focus on business communications and lifestyle storytelling. He also writes extensively on food, both in print and online and works regularly for CBC Radio One.

  • Denis Seguin

    Toronto, Ontario

    An award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Denis Seguin has been writing about what interests him in such publications as The Walrus and The Globe and Mail in Canada, Slate in the US and The Times and The Guardian in the UK. He wrote and co-produced the feature documentary How to Start Your Own Country, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. As well, he co-wrote the feature documentary 100 Films And A Funeral, the story of the first Hollywood film studio not run from Hollywood. His short film, It’s My Right, won the $10,000 first prize in Canadian Film Centre’s 2010 Reel Challenge.

  • Alexandra Shimo

    Toronto, Ontario

    A writer who specializes in the comic, profound, elegiac and electric, Shimo is equally at home writing literary non-fiction books as tongue-in-cheek jingles, having worked as an author, ghost-writer, editor, corporate consultant and columnist. She is best covering her specialties -- social issues and cultural criticism -- however, she has also written on subjects as weird and wonderful as the tragicomedy of ultimate fighting and the pleasures of drinking hand sanitizer. A former editor at Maclean’s, her first book, the Environment Equation, was translated into nine languages.

  • Christopher Shulgan

    Toronto, Ontario

    Christopher Shulgan is the author of two books and a contributor of essays and research-intensive feature articles to numerous magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. He writes a parenting column for Eye Weekly and blogs frequently at www.shulgan.com. Shulgan also is an accomplished ghostwriter who can mold his writing to fit the narrative voice of any number of anonymous clients on Bay Street and in corporate Canada.

  • Russell Smith

    Toronto, Ontario

    Russell Smith is a specialist in contemporary art, literature and urban culture. His articles have been published in most Canadian and several U.S. journals. He currently writes two weekly columns for The Globe and Mail, one on culture, the other on style. He was the host and writer of the popular CBC Radio 1 program on language, “And Sometimes Y”, for two seasons. He is a co-founder of the online men’s magazine DailyXY.com. He is also novelist: his fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Rogers Fiction Prize and the City Of Toronto Book Award. He won a National Magazine Award for fiction in 1997. His most recent novel is Girl Crazy.

  • Marissa Stapley

    Toronto, Ontario Canada

    Marissa Stapley's first writing job was as a junior sports reporter for The Toronto Sun. Now, she's a National Magazine Award-nominated writer whose work has appeared in a range of publications, including Today's Parent, Elle, Reader's Digest, and the National Post. She writes Shelf Love, a commercial fiction review column for The Globe and Mail, and teaches commercial fiction writing at the University of Toronto. She's also done contract work for a number of organizations, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Food Network Canada, and HGTV.

  • Grant B. Stoddard

    Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia

    Subcultures, pop culture, sex/relationships, nascent trends and eccentric characters are all grist for British-born Grant Stoddard’s mill. With an eye for the surprising and ridiculous, Stoddard often reports from a participatory perspective; imbuing his stories with an engaging, visceral, dynamic feel and a humanistic focus. Working in newspapers, magazines, blogs, books, film, music, television and theatre has given Stoddard a vast spectrum of experience in working with different clients with wildly varying aesthetic requirements.

  • Olivia Stren

    Toronto, Ontario

    Specializing in personal essays, travel stories, profiles, and humour pieces, writer Olivia Stren's work has been published in Elle (US), Elle Canada, National Geographic Traveler, and Marie-Claire Australia - among many others. She also teaches a course in travel writing at the University of Toronto and is working on a collection of personal essays.

  • Micah Toub

    Toronto, Ontario and New York, New York

    Micah Toub is a writer living in Toronto. His first book, Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks, was published this year. After graduating from McGill University, Toub worked in public relations in New York before moving into editorial at an art magazine. In 2002, he moved to Toronto, where he was an editor at Toro Magazine and then at The Globe and Mail’s weekend Globe Toronto section. Recently, Toub has been writing "The Other Half," a biweekly relationship column from a male perspective for The Globe and Mail, as well as blogging for Psychology Today.

  • Ellen Vanstone

    Toronto, Ontario

    Journalist and  screenwriter Ellen Vanstone is currently a consulting producer on the CBC series Cracked. She is also co-creator of the Global/ABC series Rookie Blue and a Gemini-nominated writer and story editor on several Ken Finkleman series. As a journalist, Ellen is one of the top “go-to” contract editors in Canadian journalism, having served as Weekend editor at the National Post, acting editor of the Toronto Sunday Star, Science & Ideas editor in The Globe and Mail’s Focus section, and senior editor at The Walrus. Ellen also does consulting and editing on branded content for Star Content Studios at Torstar.

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