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  • 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.

  • Jason Anderson

    Toronto, Ontario

    Raised in Calgary and based in Toronto, Jason Anderson is a freelance arts journalist, a novelist and one of the country’s most prominent film critics. Besides writing extensively about the arts for a wide array of Canadian and international publications, he teaches at the University of Toronto and is the programming director for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

  • Leslie Anthony

    Whistler, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario

    Leslie Anthony is a writer, editor, photographer and filmmaker who combines interests in biodiversity, environment, ecology, outdoors, and adventure travel. A PhD in Zoology and expertise in evolutionary biology and earth sciences belie a career that has included Senior Editor at Bike, Managing Editor at Powder, and architect and Creative Director of Skier, WB, Peak Performance and the acclaimed Mountain Life Annual. A fixture on the masthead of numerous magazines around the globe, Anthony writes with authority, insight and humour on subjects ranging from imaginary monsters to fossil smuggling, invasive species, and China’s nascent ski industry.

  • Lyndsie Bourgon

    Calgary, Alberta

    Lyndsie is a journalist and researcher whose writing on business, current affairs, culture and social justice has appeared in publications in Canada and around the world.

    Lyndsie grew up in rural Alberta, and has since lived and worked around the world, including in Halifax, Edinburgh, Istanbul and Botswana. She has a journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, where she also studied gender and women’s studies. During that time, she won an Atlantic Journalism Award for her thesis on embedded reporting in Afghanistan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • Patricia Pearson

    Toronto, Ontario

    A versatile writer across media and styles, Pearson is particularly well-known for her comic flair. She has been called “highly amusing” by the New York Times, and been compared to Dorothy Parker and Mark Twain. Clients have tapped her for speeches, screenplays and articles that require a comedic touch. As a serious journalist, Pearson specializes in health and social issues, and with a graduatelevel background in history, clients have hired her for corporate and personal biographies.

  • 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.

  • Paolo Pietropaolo

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Paolo Pietropaolo is a writer, broadcaster and composer based in Vancouver, and is the host of In Concert on CBC Radio 2. His audio documentary work includes the series The Wire: the Impact of Electricity on Music, which won a Peabody Award and the Prix Italia, two of the highest international accolades in journalism. Paolo is also the creator of The Signature Series, a highly popular series at the intersection of classical music, mashup culture and fiction. Paolo was cultural correspondent in both English and French for CBC and Radio-Canada's television coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. Prior to his radio and writing career, Paolo studied ethnomusicology under James Kippen at the University of Toronto and toured extensively with the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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