Corporate and not-for-profit clients


I am an award-winning freelance writer and editor, specializing in plain-language writing and substantive and stylistic editing. For more than 15 years, I have worked closely with my clients in order to translate their messages and goals into clear, compelling copy. Whether it’s writing a handbook for parents of children in hospital, a magazine article for women on the latest advances in cancer screening, a series of researcher profiles for a university, an annual report for a not-for-profit, or a book for judges on making their courtrooms more user-friendly, I synthesize complex materials into informative, user-friendly text that’s a pleasure to read. Have a look at what my clients say about my work.

I’ll write about pretty much anything, but I have expertise in particular on parenting, LGBTQ family issues, health and wellness, issues related to cancer, personal finance and law.


Magazine and Newspaper Articles

New York Times

Today’s Parent

I’ve written several articles on education, behaviour, health and family life for Canada’s largest parenting magazine. I also blog regularly for Today’s Parent as The Other Mother.

Personal finance

I love writing about money! In addition to ghostwriting a book on life insurance, I write a quarterly newsletter for financial services company Al G. Brown & Associates.I'm also a regular contributor to Advisor's Edge and Advisor's Edge Reports magazines, and advisor.ca. Here are some recent articles:

The Canadian Bar Association’s National and CCCA magazines:

I’ve written for the Canadian Bar Association National and CCCA magazines for more than a dozen years, writing lawyer profiles, articles on practice management and issues and the latest legal trends for law firms and in-house counsel.

  • “The time for action: Separating families deserve affordable access to legal services
  • The road less travelled: Interested in taking a different direction? These three lawyers offer advice on how to land your dream job and help save the world.”
  • In for the long haul: Nathan Whitling has fought long and hard, but justice remains elusive for Omar Khadr.”

 Ms. Magazine

  • Test cases: The Supreme Court and Angelina Jolie remind us how genetic information affects our lives

Lakehead alumni magazine

Cover profiles of prominent Lakehead researchers, executives, and alumni

  • Researcher Mary Lou Kelley is changing the end-of-life experience for the dying and their families
  •  Zsolt Toth is adapting diabetes education to Aboriginal cultural beliefs.
  • Lakehead grad Barbara Eccles is now the University’s and technology transfer manager, helping researchers succeed

Other magazine writing

  • Creative ways to motivate your clients, for Advisor's Edge magazine (2016)
  • Eight-page National Post pull-out supplement on the release of Ontario Women’s Health Council’s Report on Women’s Health (2002)
  • A series of five articles on cervical screening, for the Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) published in 50Plus Magazine

Website content

  • I recently wrote the content for the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division’s Get Screened website, promoting colon, breast and cervical cancer screening to LGBTQ people in Ontario.
  • I’ve worked for more than a decade with Al G. Brown & Associates, a boutique insurance and financial services firm in Toronto. I also write AGB’s newsletters and other marketing and promotional materials.
  • I’ve written 20+ Stories of Hope — online profiles of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and volunteers — for the Canadian Cancer Society at the national level, and .

Handbooks

I’ve written several booklets for the Canadian Cancer Society, including:

  • Chemotherapy and other drug therapies: A guide for people with cancer (2015)
  • Complementary Therapies: A guide for people with cancer (2014)
  • Life after Cancer Treatment: A Guide for Cancer Survivors (2013)
  • Understanding Treatment for Breast Cancer: A guide for women (2012)
  • Living with Cancer: A guide for people with cancer and their caregivers (2004; 2011)
  • Pain Relief: A guide for people with cancer (2010)
  • Childhood Cancer: A guide for families (2009)

Canadian Population Health Initiative

National Judicial Institute

Blogs

Press releases, media packages, and promotional materials

  • Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, 2014 Summer School of Medical Imaging: press release, media advisory, speakers’ notes
  • Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC): promotional brochure, one-page project description, other promotional materials
  • Materials for October 2010 and October 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: plain-language article for the general public
  • Materials for October 2009 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: cover letter and two plain-language articles for the general public
  • The Ontario Breast Screening Program: Saving Lives across Ontario through Early Detection. I wrote the content for this document celebrating the opening of the 100th OBSP site.

Newsletters and annual reports

  • Connecting, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Financial News & Views, Al G. Brown & Associates
  • Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, annual reports 2011–2013
  • Strengthening Ties: The Ontario Breast Screening Program Newsletter (February 2003), Cancer Care Ontario
  • A Focus on Quality: Ontario Breast Screening Program Annual Report, 2002–2003. I wrote several plain-language articles targeted towardthe general public and OBSP stakeholders for this report.

Books

I am co-editor of the anthology And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families.

I have co-authored two books for expert clients:

  • Drawing the line: Ten steps to constructive discipline — and achieving a great relationship with your kids (Grand Central Publishing, 2006), with child psychologists and TV personalities Dr. Michael Weiss and Dr. Sheldon Wagner. “In the bestselling tradition of “1-2-3 Magic” comes a unique and controversial approach that tells parents in order to eliminate conflict with their child, they must first create it. The authors introduce a ten-step program that shows parents how to create and engineer conflict to help their children break inappropriate habits and learn more productive ways of behaving.”
  • The Facts of Life: How to Build Wealth and Protect Your Assets with Life Insurance, 2nd Edition (Wiley, 2003), with Paul Grimes. “With The Facts of Life, you’ll learn about the basics of life insurance, the choices you have to make as a financial consumer, and how best to use insurance to protect your family, your business, and even to grow your wealth.”

Profiles

  • I’ve written 20+ Stories of Hope — online profiles of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and volunteers — for the Canadian Cancer Society.
  • Researcher Mary Lou Kelley is changing the end-of-life experience for the dying and their families, Lakehead University Alumni Magazine
  • Zsolt Toth is adapting diabetes education to Aboriginal cultural beliefs.
  • Lakehead grad Barbara Eccles is now the University’s and technology transfer manager, helping researchers succeed
  • Profiles of 30+Lakehead University researchers for the University’s Office of Research
  • In for the long haul: Nathan Whitling has fought long and hard, but justice remains elusive for Omar Khadr.”

Teaching, writing, and presenting

  • I’ve spoken at several conferences, including BlogHer (2012, 2013, and 2014), SalonLGBTQ, the 2014 Mom 2.0 Summit, and Blissdom Canada (2015). 
  • I have taught creative writing at Lakehead University.
  • I’ve given several workshops, on writing, editing, anthologies, and blogging, to organizations including the PARO Centre forWomen’s Enterprise, Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop, and The Other 10% youth group

Awards

  • 2014 Ontario Arts Council Writer's Works in Progress grant for the short story collection Love in the Time of Twitter
  • 2014 Ontario Arts Council “Northern Arts” grant to co-facilitate “in/Visible Ink,” a writing and zine-making workshop for queer youth and allies
  • 2013 Canadian Weblog Award for best LGBTQ content
  • 2012 Ontario Arts Council “Northern Arts” grant for performance piece, Overflow
  • 2012 & 2013: Mama Non Grata awarded “Best Blog in Thunder Bay” by The Walleye, Thunder Bay’s monthly arts and culture magazine.
  • 2009 Ontario Arts Council “Northern Arts” grant for novel-in-progress, Step on a Crack
  • 2002 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, Editors’ Association of Canada, for editing Misinformed Consent: Thirteen Women Share Their Stories about Unnecessary Hysterectomy
  • Stephen J. Mills Memorial Award (mentorship in substantive fiction editing); Ryerson Polytechnic University

Susan was able to understand complex material and explain technical concepts clearly, concisely and logically.

Susan Flynn, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division