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  • Barbara K. Adamski

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Barb is a writer, editor, and certified proofreader. She's written for several magazines, trade publications and websites and has written and recorded for CBC Radio. Her editing and proofreading experience comprises academic and marketing materials, corporate newsletters, audio recordings, novels, and non-fiction books, including several ebooks published by the CWG. Barb has a B.A. in French Literature, a diploma in professional writing and editing, and an M.A. in Integrated Studies (specializing in cultural studies). She also speaks Japanese.

  • 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.

  • Suzanne Bowness

    Toronto, Ontario

    Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor with over a dozen years of experience writing for magazines, newspapers, and corporate clients.

    Starting her career at the late weekly Saturday Night magazine, Sue has gone on to handle projects such as trade magazine editing and web site re-launches, and has written hundreds of articles. Sue has tackled everything from book reviews to case studies to reports to web copy to profiles.

    Sue recently completed a PhD in English at the University of Ottawa with a dissertation that focused on nineteenth century Canadian magazines.

  • 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.

  • Wendy Dennis

    Toronto, Ontario

    Wendy Dennis is an award-winning journalist and author with a uniquely personal voice who writes provocatively about social, psychological and cultural issues. Her writing is known for its wit, depth, insight and honesty. She has written about psychoanalysis for The Walrus and blogged about divorce for the Huffington Post, where her work has gone viral. Her widely discussed Toronto Life story, “The Divorce From Hell”, prompted a national debate. Dennis is also an experienced copywriter,  content director, and writes speeches for special occasions (from CEO remarks to wedding toasts). Her speechwriting services can be found at crowdpleasercommunications.com.  Her journalism can be found at wendydennis.com and huffingtonpost.com. She also has a profile on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/wendy-dennis/6/a02/50a.

  • Ann Douglas

    Peterborough, Ontario

    Ann Douglas is the author of 23 books and the creator of The Mother of All ® book series, which has sold over half a million copies. She has created and delivered pregnancy and parenting courses for both corporate and government clients and she has authored more than 1000 articles about pregnancy and parenting. In April 2012, Ann was one of 16 Canadians invited to Rideau Hall to discuss family policy with Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston. Ann’s next book—about child and youth mental health—will be published by HarperCollins Canada in 2014.

  • Amy Jo Ehman

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    In 2000, Amy Jo jumped ship at Mother Corp for the cool waters of freelancing. At the CBC, she worked in the newsroom as a TV and Radio reporter. As a freelancer, she is conversant in print, broadcast and new media formats. Her portfolio includes a balance of editorial and corporate clients. Editorial topics range from food and agriculture, lifestyle and design, business and resources to human interest. Corporate clients are non-profit foundations, academic institutions and tourism agencies, including promotional materials (newsletters, annual reports, brochures), fundraising materials (case for support, copywriting, ad content – print and broadcast), media relations (news releases, fact sheets, editorials), speeches and web content.

  • Moira Farr

    Ottawa and Cobourg, Ontario

    Moira Farr is an award-winning writer and editor whose essays, reviews, and feature articles have appeared in numerous publications and several writing anthologies. Her areas of interest include women’s issues, mental health, nature and environment, literature and design. She has worked as an editor for magazines such as Equinox and THIS Magazine. Her first book, After Daniel: A Suicide Survivor’s Tale (HarperFlamingo, 1999) was shortlisted for a number of awards and was also The Edmonton Journal’s top pick for non-fiction that year. Chapters of After Daniel appear in The Vintage Book of Canadian Memoirs (2001) and the upcoming Penguin Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Memoir. She served on the faculty of the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program from 2001 to 2009. She teaches in the Professional Writing program of Algonquin College and at Carleton University’s School of Journalism.

  • Heather Finley

    Toronto, Ontario

    Heather Finley has been translating complex ideas into selling copy for more than 25 years. She has been freelancing since 1993, with a portfolio that includes a wide range of print and interactive media.

    Heather’s work builds bridges from her clients’ ideas to the intended audience in clear, straightforward language. Her style flexes where it’s needed: formal for black-tie concepts, relaxed for audiences with a more casual culture. Her integrity and ability to see the full picture of business objectives have earned long-term loyalty from her clientele.

  • 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.

  • Don Gillmor

    Toronto, Ontario

    Don Gillmor is the author of a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, and two other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing and I Swear by Apollo. He has also written eight books for children, including The Fabulous Song, which won the Mr. Christie Award and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and Yuck, A Love Story. His children’s books have been published in eight countries. He has worked as a journalist and was a senior editor at Walrus magazine, and contributing editor at both Saturday Night and Toronto Life. His journalism has appeared in those publications as well as The Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone, and GQ magazines. He has won nine National Magazine Awards. His novel, Kanata, was published by Penguin last year.

    He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

  • 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 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.

  • Ilona Kauremszky

    Toronto, Ontario

    A syndicated travel columnist, Ilona Kauremszky writes for major publications in North America, Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom. She has appeared as a travel expert on TV and radio for NPR, CBC News Now and Egyptian National Television to name a few. Ilona’s editorial work also has been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the U.S. Travel Association. Both organizations have honoured her with prestigious travel writer awards. A self-confessed travel scribe, Ilona admits she’s forever on the prowl for the next cool story. Follow her discoveries on Twitter and YouTube @mycompasstv.

  • 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.

  • 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/.

  • Jessica Leeder

    Toronto, Ontario

    Jessica has spent most of the last decade reporting for The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. She has worked out of bureaus across Canada, the United States, Haiti and Afghanistan. Jessica’s newspaper background has given her proficiency in a wide range of subject and refined an ability to speedily develop expertise in new areas, particularly on tight deadlines. She is a skilled researcher. Her success in translating writing assignments into large-scale multimedia entities, like her Emmy Award winning Behind the Veil (2009) and her National Newspaper Award for Project Jacmel (2010), reflects her talent for transforming ripe subjects into strong, coherent messages. She is adept at getting the most out of a promising subject by meting out its most powerful elements across an array of complimentary formats.

    In addition, Jessica works in both short and long-form narratives, structural and basic copy editing, and copywriting for accuracy, continuity of subject and voice. Her most recent projects include researching and writing a corporate ebook for oDesk.com, a California company that is the world’s largest online platform designed to connect freelance contractors with employers.  She has also recently written about a new wave of direct marketers for Report on Business Magazine, alternative therapies, pregnancy and ADHD for Today’s Parent Magazine.

  • 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”.

  • Amber Nasrulla

    Los Angeles, California and Toronto, Ontario

    Amber Nasrulla is a Canadian magazine writer and online journalist based in L.A. who covers health, parenting, social justice issues and, occasionally, Tinseltown. Her work has appeared in the L.A. TimesThe Globe and MailLos Angeles MagazineELLE CanadaChatelaine and Reader’s Digest Canada. As blogger for a corporate website, she interviews and profiles entrepreneurs, dissects social media campaigns, and writes about effective (and horrible) branding strategies. She hates business jargon especially the word ‘leveraging’.

  • 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.

  • Ingrid Sapona

    Toronto, Ontario

    Ingrid’s been making complex business information clear since 1997. She has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and belongs to the New York and Ontario bars. It was while practicing law that she realized she has a special talent for making complicated, technical information understandable.

    Ingrid works with professionals and business leaders, creating communications that satisfy strategic business and regulatory requirements. Using plain language principles she measures success by whether people understand the issue or idea the first time the read it because if they do, they’re more likely to act on it.

    She writes a regular column called “Writer’s Edge” that appears in The Business Valuator, a quarterly publication of the CICBV.

  • 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.

  • Jonathan Verney

    Toronto, Ontario

    Jonathan Verney is an experienced financial writer and ghostwriter of several feature length business books. He also pens advertising copy, scripts videos and ghostwrites white papers, commentaries and published opinion pieces for executives. Jonathan’s clients appreciate his ability to simplify complex subjects as well as his desire to gain an in-depth understanding of their business – and their hopes and dreams. He is co-author of Feed the Startup Beast (McGraw-Hill, New York, 2013). He is passionate about helping executives and entrepreneurs write their story.

  • Anna-Kaisa Walker

    Toronto, Ontario

    Anna-Kaisa is a Toronto-based writer, researcher and editor. Born in Montreal, she has a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and in her five years as a freelancer, she has contributed a wide variety of work to Canadian, U.S. and international publications.

  • Joanne Will

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Joanne writes a weekly column for The Globe and Mail, and a regular column for tidings magazine. She has covered stories for many publications, such as the Tyee’s 100-Mile-Diet inspired Eat Your History series. Joanne has also profiled a wide range of notable Canadians, including innovative sustainable farmers, a booker-prize winning author, and a renowned musician and producer.

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