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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.

  • Peter Alexander

    Toronto, Ontario

    Peter is a digital copywriter with more than 10 years experience writing for clients including Nike, Nintendo and World Vision. He was the lead writer for a daily arts-and-entertainment TV show on the CBC, and writes a monthly piece for Toronto Life. If past experience is any indication, he works fast. Give him four hours and he can develop an entire Starbucks banner ad campaign. With a day, he can script a mini-documentary for World Vision Canada. And in three days, he can write an entire novel. Not a good one, but a novel.

  • 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.

  • Michael Benedict

    Toronto, Ontario

    Michael Benedict offers writing, editing and consulting services to a diverse group of not-for-profit and for-profit clients. Michael worked in journalism for three decades, including 19 years as an editor at Maclean’s. He also was a director of corporate communications with both the province of Ontario and Canada Post. In 2005, Michael established MCB Strategies, a Vendor of Record for writing services for the Ontario government and registered with the federal government’s Professional Services Online. In the corporate and journalistic worlds, Michael has dealt with prime ministers, premiers, cabinet ministers and CEOs. He is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Editors’ Association of Canada.

  • Suzanne Boles

    London, Ontario

    Suzanne is an award-winning Feature Writer, Content Creator and Writing Coach with over two decades' experience writing for publications, small and large businesses and academic institutions. Her strength is helping companies with strong, conversational storytelling that reflects their brands and engages readers, delivering the results they want through B2B and B2C communications. She specializes blogging and profiles. She also teaches Writing for Publication and Copywriting at Western University Continuing Studies and received her Professional Certificate in Adult Education (Western University 2014).

  • 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.

  • Andrew Clark

    Toronto, Ontario

    Andrew Clark is an award-winning writer and humourist. He writes a weekly humour column “Road Sage” for the Globe and Mail. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the Walrus and the The New York Times to Cosmopolitan and Toro Magazine. He is the director of the Humber College Comedy Program. He also writes frequently on tennis.

  • 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.

  • Lynn Crosbie

    Toronto, Ontario

    Lynn Crosbie is a Toronto-based writer, with a Ph.D in English Literature. She teaches at U of T and the Art Gallery of Ontario, and writes for a number of publications. She has published books of poetry, written screenplays, and more recently, a short-story collection, with House of Anansi press. She worked at Young and Rubicam most recently, as a digital/writer.

  • 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.

  • 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 Genova

    Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

    Don Genova is a writer and broadcaster currently based in BC, and has worked in Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland. He has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and Master in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. A former CBC Radio host, producer and reporter, Don is most known for his "Pacific Palate" and "Food For Thought" food columns heard across Canada and he also works in print, online and television.  Don teaches food and travel writing courses and blogging courses for UBC (including online), and food culture and cooking classes.

  • 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.

  • 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’.

  • Sandra Phinney

    Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

    Sandra Phinney has penned two non-fiction books and her articles have been published in over 60 publications. She’s especially fond of narrative story telling and loves to explore what makes people (and communities) tick. As well, scores of clients—both public and private—use her copywriting skills to produce advertorial, brochures, web content, newsletters, scripts for videos and text for interpretive panels. Sandra is a member of PWAC, TMAC, CFU, WFNS, WFNB and PEN Canada. She also delivers writing workshops focused on narrative, memoir and travel writing. In her spare time, Sandra teaches Tai Chi and does wilderness canoeing.

  • Paul Russell

    Toronto, Ontario

    Paul Russell has worked as a writer and marketing and communications consultant since 1993. He has an English degree from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from the University of Toronto. His legal practice from 1988 to 1992 was in the group benefits and pension area, providing him with extensive expertise in the areas of human resources, retirement savings, investments, pensions, personal tax, and estate planning.

    Paul’s marketing and communications work supports the initiatives of a wide range of organizations – from banks and insurance companies, to professional services firms, to hospitality and entertainment companies.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Sanders

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Rachel Sanders is a Vancouver writer, broadcaster and photographer. Born and raised in Edmonton, she now lives in Vancouver where she freelances for a variety of media, corporate, and PR clients. She is also the editor of Story Board, a blog for freelance writers that is jointly run by the Canadian Writers Group and the Canadian Media Guild. She has a keen sense of story and enjoys seeking out hidden gems and unappreciated works of genius. She especially loves writing for radio.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eric Veillette

    Toronto, Ontario

  • 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.

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