Our Members

We have many talented professional writers in London and Southwestern Ontario with a wide range of creative styles and niche writing areas. Many do work locally, nationally, and internationally, using the Internet to file articles on a wide rage of topics, as well as work for business clients including website copy, profiles, newsletters and more…

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Click on the name to link to the member’s page, website or e-mail address:

Ellen Ashton-Haiste is an award-winning professional writer and editor who has been working with newspapers and magazines across Canada for more than 30 years. Writing specialties include health and wellness, housing and renovations, lifestyle, entertainment, education and the boomer/senior demographic. Her articles have appeared in Forever Young (Today’s Seniors), Live It Magazine (contributing editor), Healthcare Careers (contributing editor), Lake Erie Lifestyles (WQLN), What’s On Woodstock, Canadian Renovator, London CityLife, www.elmwoodspa.com/ London Over 50, St. Thomas Times-Journal, Regina Leader-Post, Saskatchewan Bulletin. Ellen is currently owner of FreelanceInk. Samples of her work can be seen on her website at www.freelance-ink.com.

Suzanne Boles is an award-winning freelance writer specializing in business and industry, education, entrepreneurship, family and parenting, non-profit organizations, retailing, volunteerism, writers and writing and more. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Canadian Franchising Magazine, Profit, Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, Your Convenience Manager, Business London Magazine, and London City Magazine. She also provides writing, editing services, communications consulting, research and desk-top publishing for businesses, non-profit organizations, the media, and anyone else who needs the services of a professional writer. Suzanne mentors other non-fiction writers and teaches Writing for Publication (intro and intermediate courses) and Copywriting at Western University Continuing Studies (London, Ontario). She a PWAC National Past President and a member of the Canadian Writers Group

Caroline Bonham’s writing specialty is for multimedia – video and TV.  A corporate communicator for 20+ years, Caroline began her career writing for human resources at Canada Trust.  Today, she’s the in-house writer at CIVA Communications www.civacom.com and spends her days script-writing for public awareness, employee training, product launches, personal tribute features, fundraising and marketing.  She is dreaming about writing social justice documentaries and meanwhile, is pursuing yoga teacher training.   Caroline has two blogs http://carolinesmeanderings.blogspot.com –  and for something completely different, http://thethingaboutlice.blogspot.com.

Kenneth Chisholm is a London freelance writer who writes about popular culture, Canadiana and Canadian history, feminism, film, Internet, comics, animation, politics from a leftist perspective, and the theatre. His work has appeared in London Citylife, She Magazine, Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database.

Greg Colgan

Catherine Cocchio re-located from London to Windsor in 1997 where she became a regular contributor to Windsor Business and Tee to Green Golf Magazine.  A former elementary teacher and mother of two grown children, she finds education and parenting issues of special interest.  Do-it-yourself renovations to a 40-year-old home keep her up to date on home decorating and renovating trends. Media release writing helps her put community organizations and small business in the public eye. Catherine has appeared as a guest lecturer at U of W Business School, and is a trained ETFO workshop presenter.  Translating life into words is second nature to Catherine whose favourite saying is: “There’s a story in that.  Just tell me how many words and when you want it.”  She hopes to expand her list of writing credits  in The London Free Press, Western Alumni Gazette, Homes and Cottages, Ontario Homebuilder, Windsor Parent, Maturity Magazine, United Church Observer, FranchiseCanada Magazine, ETFO Voice, and Grapevine Magazine to include travel and lifestyle titles in the near future.

Mary Ann Colihan writes about energy, the environment, the arts, innovation, societal issues like crime and anything else that fires up her imagination. She produces radio documentaries, online news reports and feature articles for a variety of media outlets including the Globe and Mail, CBCNews.ca, CBC Radio, London Citylife and Business London magazines. With a passion for sustainable agriculture she has also written a book about the best practices of farmers’ markets. You can see more on her website at www.maryanncolihan.com.

Joanna Cornish

Sheila Creighton is a writer, photographer and communications professional. Her writing has focused primarily on non-fiction arts, heritage and tourism. She is the author of two books At This Stage and The Oakville Book and  has contributed to several others. Sheila has been a columnist for several publications; editor for 21 issues of the provincial publication OHS Bulletin and two issues of Ontario History; and editor/publisher of the book Oakville Street Names & Landmarks. Sheila is an experienced researcher, photographer and photo editor. In a communications role, she has produced a variety of books, guides, newsletters, reports and advertising. Her daily photoblog can be found at: www.imageryoflight.com. Her blog on art and culture is: www.artstash.com.

Philip J. Egan

Donna Fawcett writes on topics related to animals and pets, women’s issues, agriculture, travel and tourism, children and childcare, religions and theology, horses, writers and writing. Her articles have appeared in Canadian Homes and Cottages, Guideposts, APHA, Beyond Ordinary Living, St. Mary’s Journal Argus, Power for Living, 3.1.6. A Journal for Christian Thinking, OFTP Home Rules, Word Alive Press, Awe-struck books, and Aaron L. Drew publications (ghostwriting). Donna is also a public speaker and writes fiction, creative nonfiction and does writing for children.

Dave Ferguson writes about topics related to sports and fitness, social trends, community action, consumer interest, humour and satire, leisure and lifestyle, telecommunications and the environment. His work has appeared in the Aylmer Express, St. Thomas Times Journal, OMHA Rinkside, OMHA Hometown Hockey, Memories of Elgin County and The Carnegie. Dave also writes fiction, creative non-fiction and does writing for children.

Carolyn A. Gibson is a professional writer, researcher and lecturer. Carolyn’s writing includes articles for Your Workplace Magazine, London Citylife , Lakeland Boating, and The London Free Press. Carolyn understands that how you communicate you message is just as important as what you have to say, and provides a comprehensive range of writing, editing and research solutions for professionals, businesses and public sector organizations through her company, Working Words Consulting. Carolyn is a former National President of PWAC, and an active member of the London Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin Glew is a respected writer, editor and blogger based in London, Ontario. His articles have been featured in dozens of local, national and international publications, including The Globe & Mail, The London Free Press, The Hockey News, Baseball Digest, Baseball America and Sports Market Report. He also has eight years of experience writing in the financial sector. Considered an authority on Canadian baseball history, Kevin has been prominently involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for over 14 years and has written and researched numerous articles on Canadian major leaguers. In June 2010, he created a Canadian baseball history blog called “Cooperstowners in Canada” that has since been viewed by thousands of diamond fans.

Wendy Haaf

Lisa Hall-Wilson writes on social justice, religion, theology, addiction issues, and community events. As a copywriter in a non-profit setting, she has experience with donor correspondence, major donor letters, brochures, mailing inserts, direct mail, event programs, media releases and announcements, event promotion, webcopy and SEO, and social media content management. Specializing in faith-based publications, she has been published by Faith Today, ChristianWeek, The Christian Herald, City Light News, Maranatha News, Seven, Testimony, The Link & Visitor, Fellowship Link, The Anglican Journal, Christianity.ca, and others.

Joey Hughes has an extensive background in technical writing. One of her company’s most recent studies was used as a policy guideline for the Telecommunications Industry in Canada. She has also taught technical report and manual writing at an advanced level. Most recently, her writing spectrum has been broadened to include biographies of prominent individuals and feature articles on various forms of learning disabilities. She is an active member of the London-based TechAlliance and works as an editor of technical papers with the National Research Council of Canada.

Mark Kearney is an award-winning writer and university writing instructor with more than 32 years experience, who has co-authored nine books since 1996, four of them Canadian bestsellers. His latest book is The Big Book of Canadian Trivia, published by The Dundurn Group. You can find out more about his books at www.triviaguys.com . A journalist who specializes in writing about Canada, trivia, entertainment, humour, leisure, golf, and music, Mark has sold more than 2,000 freelance articles to some 80 North American publications including Canadian Living, Report On Business (ROB) Magazine, Golf Digest, Boomer Life, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Trade and Commerce, London Citylife Magazine, Stitches, and the London Free Press. He has written two corporate histories, dozens of speeches for senior government officials, and has been a columnist for several newspapers across Canada. He currently teaches writing at the University of Western Ontario for both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Masters Journalism program. He has won three University Students` Council Awards of Excellence for his teaching and was the 2008 winner of PWAC’s Lawrence Jackson Memorial Award of Achievement.

Nicole Laidler is a freelance writer and the owner of Spilled Ink Writing & Wordsmithing.  As a journalist, Nicole covers everything from finance to fine art. She is a regular contributor to Business London, London Citylife, Lifestyle and The University of Western Ontario’s Alumni Gazette. She is also the founding print editor of The Beat – Arts in London magazine, for which she writes a monthly classical music column. As a wordsmith, Nicole writes press releases, newsletters, advertorials and web copy for a growing list of corporate and not-for-profit clients. Nicole is a 2004 graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s journalism program and a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and Editors’ Association of Canada. Visit her online at www.spilledink.ca

Judy Liebner is a journalist and a communication consultant who specializes in writing about all aspects of housing. Her areas of expertise include energy efficiency, insulated concrete form technology, innovations in subdivision design, new homes, condos, renovations and interior decorating, as well as property management and landlord-tenant issues. Judy’s work has appeared in Canadian Homes & Cottages, Real Estate Magazine, Lifestyle Magazine, The London Free Press and The Toronto Star. In addition to writing for magazines, she works directly with experts in the housing industry to communicate their message to potential clients. Judy graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1991 with a Master’s degree in journalism. She is also a 13-year member of PWAC.

Brad Moon is a freelance writer, editor and fiction author. A core contributor since 2007 to Wired’s award winning GeedkDad (one of Time magazine’s “Best Blogs of 2010″), Brad has also written feature articles for wired.com.  His weekly column on technology and gadgets appears on Sundays in the Winnipeg Free Press. He writes primarily about technology, music, pop culture, gaming, green energy initiatives and the joys, challenges and humour of parenting. His work has appeared in The London Free Press, The Stratford Beacon Herald, ChartAttack, and In Touch, and has been picked up or linked to by media outlets such as ABC News, USA Today, The Huffington Post, BoingBoing and The New Yorker.  Brad has taught computer courses through continuing education faculties at The University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College and works frequently with companies requiring assistance with business plans, SEO, manuals, press releases and other marketing material. After 13 years in the software industry, Brad now writes on a full time basis.

Patricia (Pat) Paterson is a freelance writer/photographer and owner of Oracle Consulting. Pat writes about travel, education, environmental/land-use planning, history, and senior/boomer issues. Pat has a wealth of experience in the fields of communication and education. She worked for a decade as the Communications Coordinator for the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. During this time, Pat wrote and edited all Commission publications including the magazine, Cuesta, and coordinated all media events related to the release of the Niagara Escarpment Plan. The 725-kilometre Niagara Escarpment has both Ontario natural heritage and world biosphere designations. Pat also has 20-years’ experience in education with the Halton, Peel and Thames Valley District School Boards as a teacher/educational consultant specializing in learning disabilities, gifted and autistic programming. Pat holds degrees from the University of Toronto (B.A.) and the University of Western Ontario (M.Ed.). Most recently, Pat has written articles for The Beat Magazine, The Londoner, and Renaissance.

Leith Peterson writes about Canada and Canadian issues, aboriginal issues, history and heritage and biography.  She is working on her autobiography, which will concentrate on her two generations of experience with aboriginal issues.  Her book explains how her views have changed and why she thinks certain policies in this area need to be reconsidered.  She is semi-retired and is currently not looking for any assignments other than those that relate to the subject matter of her book.  For further information go to: http://www.leithpeterson.ca.
Jeffrey Reed is an award-winning sports writer, a two-time author, and one of Canada’s most versatile freelance writers. Recognized across North America for his golf writing, He is editor of www.LondonOntarioGolf.com. His corporate website, www.JeffreyReedReporting.com, provides examples of his diverse writing ability. Jeffrey formed his company, Jeffrey Reed Reporting, in 1989. Since then, his work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across North America. Local and regional radio and television stations have also relied on his expertise during news programming. He enjoys writing about sports and leisure, health issues, business, heavy construction, home building/renovation, and offers corporate communications services. As well, Jeffrey is a public speaker, talking to groups about his physical challenges, and offering a message of hope (you can read his inspirational story at his websites).

Keith Risler writes about Automobiles, Aviation, Business and Industry, Computers, History and Heritage, Military, Photography, Science and Technology. His articles have appeared in Broadcaster, Broadcast Technology, Camera and Darkroom, Canadian Datasystems, Computing Canada, Computing Now, Detroit Free Press, The Globe and Mail, The London Free Press, London Magazine, Railfan and Railroad, Sources, University of Western Ontario Alumni Gazette and Ontario Home Builder.

Susan Scott has worked as a freelance writer since 1995 and as a practising visual artist for the same amount of time. During this period, she has drawn on her passion for the arts to write about London’s cultural community. She is currently a regular contributor to The Beat-Arts in London and pens reviews on theatrical performances and art shows for its website. She has previously written on the arts for Artscape, London Arts Council, London Free Press, and Scene Magazine. Before becoming a freelancer, Susan worked in the corporate sector for 23 years. Her business-related articles have appeared in Business London, London Free Press, Pulp and Paper Canada, The Enterprising Woman, and several other publications. She has co-authored a non-fiction book, An Idea Is Not Enough, and edited books of veterans’ stories, literary anthologies, and novels. Susan has also written for numerous corporate clients.

Linda Simpson

Jennifer Sproul

Rebecca St. Pierre is a writer and photographer with extensive experience in scientific research. She has photographed and written biographies of professors for The University of Western Ontario website, condensed bios for plaques at The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and prepared reports for a biopharmaceutical company Viron Therapeutics and a marketing firm Academica Group. Her photography is available for purchase in London, Ontario stores, and has been published in The Beat - Arts in London magazine. In addition to biographies, she has a special interest in topics concerning health and nature. Links to her writing and samples of Rebecca’s photography are available at her business website of Word Flight and Light, www.WordFlightAndLight.com.

Sue Sutherland-Wood

Evelyn Symons is a writer and photographer living in London Ontario. Her camera and pen serve as a passport into the lives and stories of people and places where she is able to combine her two passions. She is an award-winning photographer and is gaining ground in the field of writing as she travels, interviews and lives for life’s experiences.Evelyn has completed writing courses through the University of Western Ontario and finding parallels with the two mediums do not surprise her. When others see nothing, Evelyn can find the hidden gem. She has yet to meet a person or place without a story. Her website is www.evelynsymons.com

Catherine Tovell has spent most of her working life in the non profit sector. She writes about spirituality, ethics, human interest, non profit organizations, volunteerism, relationships, nature, the outdoors, religion and theology. She particularly enjoys writing about the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Her work includes training materials, profiles, educational writing, interviews, lectures, and condensing. She specializes in creating unique materials to mark significant life experiences and transitions. In addition to her work and writing, Catherine is a public speaker, storyteller, photographer and aspiring playwright. Her work can be found in Exchange, Gathering, the Observer, Touchstone and East Side Story.

Victoria White owns and operates The Virtual Writer, a web-based communications company that has been providing writing, editing and consulting services to clients since 2002. Victoria writes and edits copy for nonprofits, corporations, marketing agencies, government agencies, authors and small businesses. Over the years, however, it is her philanthropic writing that has garnered the most attention. Specializing in the Case for Support document, she has to date written numerous cases and related documentation for an astonishingly diverse range of charities and organizations, including major hospitals and universities, engaged in fundraising or sponsorship campaigns. She also regularly ghostwrites articles, web content, blogs, press releases and other literature for busy professional clients and businesses across North America. Victoria has recently returned to London from Toronto. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and a former lecturer in languages and literature at the University of Guelph. She is passionate about all matters related to nature and biodiversity, and thus spends much of her free time looking after and blogging about her favourite corner of the earth, White’s Wetland.

Kym Wolfe enjoys writing for business, leisure, lifestyle, alumni and trade publications. Her articles have appeared in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, including Business LondonLondon Citylife, The Beat, Eat Drink and The London Free Press. Trade magazine credits include Franchise Canada, C-Store Life, Your Convenience Manager, HR Professional, Your Workplace and Canadian Funeral Director. Kym teaches grammar and business writing with Western University’s Continuing Studies, has a degree in business from Ivey and has extensive experience in adult employment and education programs and the non-profit sector.

Darene Roma Yavorsky specializes in ‘uncommon writing and design’ through The Word & Image Studio, providing creative services to a client base spanning arts and culture, agri-business, industry, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government, including the National Film Board of Canada. Darene delivers expert results and attentive customer service, from concept to completion — ideas, visuals and the written word right through to print — ‘on time and right on the money’. Darene wrote, designed and published ‘Show Them What You Can Do’ ~ Building the Ukrainian Spirit Across Canada:  An Illustrated Biography of Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky’, a scholarly study of her father, Saskatchewan-born Ukrainian ballet master, Nation-Builder and historic figure within Canadian-Ukrainian arts and letters. The book is available online at http://www.wordandimage.ca and through the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. She is currently involved in writing and design projects related to the history of Ukrainians in Sydney, Nova Scotia whose community centenary will be celebrated in 2012.

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