Need A Writer / Editor?


Many OIW members have long years of writing experience in a variety of fields. Below are just a few of our members who would be more than happy to help with your writing needs. Their services include: speech writing, corporate profiles, brochures, writing and editing of reports, public relations, news releases, book publicity, newsletter writing, translation and consulting on a variety of business issues pertaining to your communications needs.


Being listed here as a "writer for hire" is a benefit of OIW membership. If you are an OIW member, send your listing to the Communications Director for posting here. Please remember to update your information regularly by contacting the Communications Director.


Writers / Editors Roster:


Pandora Ballard   Alex Binkley   Beverly Blanchard   L. D. Cross   Carl Dow   Barbara Florio Graham   Frank Hegyi   George Laidlaw Joanne Lécuyer   Mike Martin   Molly O'Connor   Emily-Jane Hills Orford   Jon Peirce   Ray   Margaret Kell Virany   Lisa Zanyk    Jean Rath


Pandora Ballard


#209 - 1948 Coquitlam Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 1J3Phone: 604-475-2875 (H); 778-385-4904 (Cell)Email: pandorabee1@gmail.comWeb:


Pandora Ballard was born in Sidcup, Kent, England and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1962. She lived in various parts of Canada, from Newfoundland to the Northwest Territories, before coming to Ottawa in 1969 to attend Carleton University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1973. She worked for daily and weekly newspapers before branching into freelancing for Canadian religious publications, one of her key interests. In the past 30 years her short stories for children, humorous essays, articles, editorials and poetry have been published in more than a dozen magazines and newspapers, as well as in several anthologies. She is working on a children’s novel. Her work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, The Catholic Register, Presence, Novalis, the C.H.A.C. Review, The Byline, Intercom, the Pembroke Daily News, the Petawawa Informer, the Pembroke Observer, Scribendi, The Grist Mill (Volumes 4 and 5), Centretown Buzz, Capital Letter, Peace and Environment News (The PEN), Good Food News, and The Spirit. Ballard writes on such topics as car-sharing, politics, food, community matters, child poverty, mental health, and religion. She is a member of Access Copyright, the Canadian Children's Book Centre and Ottawa Independent Writers.


Alex Binkley


152 Ivy Cresent Ottawa K1M 1X6

Phone: 613-749-7633; fax 613-995-5795




Alex Binkley started with The Canadian Press in 1971 in Montreal, was transferred to Halifax and then to Ottawa. He has been a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1975 and has covered Parliament, committees, leadership conventions, major commissions and inquiries and election campaigns.He started freelancing in 1994 and is a correspondent for trade publications in Canada, the United States and Britain covering transportation, agriculture, food safety, nutrition, pesticides, natural resources, business and private public partnerships. He is also able to do editing and rewriting of reports and documents.


Beverly Blanchard


4-474 Cooper St. Ottawa, ON K1R 5H9

Phone: 613-237-5348




Beverly Blanchard has an extensive background and expertise in business and government affairs, training, writing, and researching. She is the author of the book, Into the Waves and a blog entitled, Ancient Wisdom which addresses issues with the mind, body, spirit and heart connections.She holds a degree in Economics, and has completed numerous writing projects such as the drafting of literature reviews on lateral and gang violence; Personnel Policies and Procedures for both an economic development organization and a men’s homeless shelter; job descriptions, governance manuals, economic development toolkits, and training programs. She is currently a freelance editor and writer.


L. D. Cross


1222 Bonnie Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 1Z9

Phone: 613-225-2024

Email: Web:


L. D. Cross is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles and books that have appeared in Canada and the United States. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as WeddingBells,Home Business Report, Profit, Legion Magazine, enRoute, AmericanStyle, Fifty-Five Plus, Health Naturally, Antiques! and Airborn as well as The Globe and Mail and The Hill Times newspapers. Her creative non-fiction has won awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors. For the book The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada Cross received the Ontario Historical Society's inaugural 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award which honours "the best book or substantial article published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought".




As a former federal government Policy Analyst at Industry Canada, her duties included compiling data and writing publications on technology transfer from government laboratories; acting as departmental representative on the Circumpolar Arctic Science Cooperation Committee; coordinating policy inputs to federal-provincial procurement initiatives; researching directives affecting GATT and NAFTA agreements; managing preparation of the Industry Canada, Estimates, Part III process; supporting the Canadian Content and Culture Working Group of the Information Highway Advisory Council; participating in trade and investment re-engagement trips to Pakistan and India; preparing investment/mission information affecting the Eastern European geographic region as well as central Asia. Prior to Industry Canada she worked as: Senior Corporate Planning Officer, Supply and Services Canada Employee Communications Advisor, Customs and Excise CanadaPay Research Officer, Public Service Staff Relations BoardClassification Audit and Staffing Officer, Labour Canada




  • Flying on Instinct: Canada's Bush Pilot Pioneers, Victoria, BC, Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd., 2012.

  • Code Name Habbakuk: a secret ship made of ice, Victoria, BC, Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd., 2012.

  • Treasure Under the Tundra: Canada's Arctic Diamonds, Victoria, BC, Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd., 2011.

  • The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada. Toronto, ON, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2010.

  • The Quest for the Northwest Passage: exploring the elusive route through Canada's Arctic waters,. Toronto, ON, James Lorimer & Company, 2009

  • Marriage is a Business. Ottawa, ON, Baico Publishing, 2008

  • Spies in Our Midst: The Incredible Story of Igor Gouzenko Cold-War Spy. Calgary, AB, Altitude Publishing, 2005.

  • Inside Outside – in conversation with a doctor and a clothing designer. Ottawa, ON, Creative Bound, 2004.

  • Ottawa Titans – fortune and fame in the early days of Canada’s capital. Calgary, AB, Altitude Publishing, 2004.


Eleanor Abra


Newly retired English and English writing teacher with excellent proofreading skills (all that marking had to have an impact!)

I started my working life with the Naval Reserve in Ottawa, made a short detour to KMart Canada (very short), then the Gov't of Canada until the downsizing of the 80's.  Nothing daunted, got the B.Ed and started teaching English, History, and English writing. Now I am looking to write for myself, but would be happy to do grammar and readability checking, past the good ol' spell checker.




Carl Dow


209 - 111 Catherine Street, Ottawa ON K2P 0P4


Phone: 613-233-6225


Carl Dow is an experienced writer/editor. In daily journalism he’s received a number of recognitions including a nomination for a National Newspaper Award. As a magazine writer he was recognized as one of the top ten writers in Canada. He’s edited tabloid and broadsheet dailies and weeklies, and monthly magazines. He's written for television and radio and has been on camera and behind the microphone. As youth editor of The Montreal Star he was the first newspaper columnist in North America to praise The Beatles. He also worked as an associate editor for Harvest House, a privately owned academic publisher. Outside of journalism and publishing, his gainful employment has included laborer in farming and in new-housing construction, sub contractor in new-housing floor and wall tile installation, cost accountant, truck driver. With all this, however, his all-time favorite employment was eight years as a part-time school bus driver while writing several novels and a collection of short stories that are in circulation to publishers.

Heather Flinn

Heather Flinn  has 26 years experience proofreading, editing and typing.  Before moving to Ottawa, she worked for the Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT), otherwise known as the Maritime Forest Ranger School (MFRS) in Fredericton, NB.


She charges $3.00 per page for proofreading only and $4.00 per page for proofreading and editing.

 e-mail:    Phone: 613 422 6221

Barbara Florio Graham B.A. (Columbia University)

Email: Simon Teakettle Ink, Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA


Barbara Florio Graham is a writer, teacher, broadcaster and communications consultant whose clients have included 14 government departments, 12 national and international organizations, 14 regional organizations, and many private sector clients. She has written for dozens of daily newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Canada, and has won awards for non-fiction, humor and poetry. The author of Five Fast Steps to Better Writing, Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity and Mewsings/Musings, she has contributed to seventeen anthologies in four countries. Barbara's company is named after her cat, Simon Teakettle, who has had his own writing and broadcasting career.


Frank Hegyi


1240 Kilborn Place, Unit 5, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 1B4

Phone: 613-731-7355 cell: 613-866-9967




Frank Hegyi is a scientist, high tech entrepreneur and author. He has written over 30 articles in scientific journals, co-edited a book on Global Change, and has authored several reports on high tech and futuristic opportunities. He has written numerous articles in newspapers on sports and community service projects and produced two 30 minutes TV shows on physical fitness and community service work. He has made several appearances on television Talk Shows. Frank is an experienced communicator, has extensive experience as keynote speaker at international conferences and has been a popular motivational speaker for service clubs and volunteer organizations. He is Past District Governor, Kiwanis International. He has published three books: Dare to Take the Next Step – Adventures of a refugee; Death Can Wait: Stories from Cancer Survivors with co-authors Roslyn Franken, Jacquelin Holzman and Max Keeping; and If it wasn’t for Celibacy, I would have been a Priest. See: He is now a regular columnist with the CanAsian Times, a National Weekly Newspaper of South Asian Fraternity. See Articles on

George Laidlaw

Carp, ON




Novels & short fiction George Laidlaw was born in Ottawa, Canada's Capital and is married with two children Michael and Meghan. He has been writing ever since he told bed time stories to his children and received the plaintive cry, 'Dad tell us another story.' After working for the Canadian government as a biologist, for over 30 years, his hopes are to pursue his writing career in retirement and craft stories that draws in the reader and leave them with a finely crafted action-filled romance adventure, and an overall appraisal from the reader with a comment 'it was a good read'.Collecting G. A. Henty books, the respected British author of adventure books for children (1832-1902) may be the reason George Laidlaw's stories are filled with historic facts and intriguing mysteries."A story is a chance to borrow a moment of someone's time and in doing so the author owns it to the reader to give him or her a chance to feel the beauty of words and uncover a story worth reading." A long-time member of Ottawa Independent Writers association and director of the OIW and avid historian, his world-wide assignments, travel, research and intense relationships bring an authentic, hard-pressed contemporary air to his remarkable output.Laidlaw's publications include stories in children's magazines and adult novels. His interests include biology, geology, paleontology and the history of man. Interwoven with the fast-paced skills of a natural storyteller are threads tying action, emotion and intellect in a close-knit loom of international suspense.Mystery and surprisingly constant romances draw the most discriminating reader into Laidlaw's inexorable whirlpools. Life on the hard edge … today.


Joanne Lécuyer

Phone: 613-863-2432

Email: |

Website: | www.livrestopsy.comJoanne


Lécuyer has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Quebec. She is also a Professional and Personal Coach and Reiki Master.  Joanne has worked for the Canadian federal government for over 25 years, with the last 15 years in strategic and organizational communications to help management and employees communicate better.Joanne offers creative and fun writing workshops for children in schools or summer camps. Books: The Witch, the Cat and the Egg (2010) / La sorcière, le chat et l'oeuf (2012)Captain Vamp (2011)The Tales of Anex and Bit (2012)


Mike Martin


Ottawa, ON

Phone: 613-290-5836



Mike Martin is an experienced freelance writer and researcher. His published credits include the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and dozens of print and on-line publications across Canada and the United States. He has experience writing for internal and external publications for a number of national and local organizations including preparing annual reports, briefing notes, speeches and op-eds. His experience in communications is also extensive and includes campaign design and coordination, drafting and editing media releases and background documents, and preparing briefs and presentations to parliamentary committees and international delegations. His areas of expertise include social policy, human resources and work and workplace issues. He is a very good researcher and policy developer and has worked with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada and several federal government departments to research and create new policy documents. Mike is available to assist individuals and organizations with all of their writing, research and communications needs.


Molly O'Connor


Phone: 613 489-3624




Semi-retired from a career in public relations I have considerable practice in writing letters, press releases and speeches. I work to a tight deadline with fast turn-around at affordable pricing. Using economy of words I strive for the best impact and clarity. For personal satisfaction, I write fiction and have published three books and short stories that have appeared in several international anthologies.


Emily-Jane Hills Orford


6994 Gallagher Road, North Gower, Ontario K0A 2T0

Phone: 613-489-1768




Short fiction, non-fiction and novels. Emily-Jane is proud of her Canadian roots and her growing up years in southwestern Ontario. Her stories and novels reflect her national pride. She grew up in Hamilton and London, Ont. and studied in England and France, before settling in Victoria, B.C., then Dartmouth, N.S. and finally Nepean, Ont. Emily-Jane holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Carleton University and the Royal Conservatory of Music. She divides her time between her growing and ever-busy family, her music studio where she teaches more than 50 students and her writing. She worked as a researcher and article writer for the 2005 edition of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Other writing accomplishments include countless articles, short stories, children’s picture books about artists, musicians and Canadian personalities, and novels which include Canadiana and music, such as “Spring”, which was published in 2005, and “Ukulele Yukon” which was published in 2006. Emily-Jane believes in writing about Canada; but she also believes in writing about ordinary people – the real people who made our country a great nation. Many of her stories include the people who were most important and influential in her life, people whose names will never appear in history textbooks, but whose lives have made a significant contribution to our country and our society.


Jon Peirce Ph.D. (English literature), M.I.R. (Industrial Relations, Queen's)


#5-1 Green Road, Dartmouth, N.S., B3A 1N9

Home: (902) 469-0833




Now retired from my job as a union labour relations officer, I'm devoting myself primarily to my writing, though this doesn't stop me from putting in fairly frequent appearances on the tennis court and dance floor or in the swimming pool. In addition to working on a memoir, a young adult novel, and several adult novels, I'm rejigging my consulting practice.The focus of my practice will be on preventive mentoring, big-picture manuscript evaluation, memoirs, and individual coaching. I also offer small-group workshops on a broad range of writing and editing topics. In my practice, my aim is to teach people how to edit their own work rather than have me do the job for them. Please see my website, listed above, for further details.I also offer introductory and advanced editing workshops and initial evaluation of book-length projects. Please phone or e-mail me for more information about the services I offer, or to discuss rates. I have been writing and editing for well over four decades. Highlights include:Publication of an introductory industrial relations text, Canadian Industrial Relations, now in its third edition with Pearson Education CanadaStints as a reporter and editor on daily newspapers in both Canada and the U.S. Over twenty years' experience as a freelancer, including publications in the Christian Science Monitor, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Winnipeg Free Press, Kingston Whig-Standard, Books in Canada, and Atlantic Provinces Book ReviewExperience teaching a broad range of writing and editing workshops for OIWFive years' experience as a researcher-writer-editor for the Economic Council of CanadaService as senior researcher and writer for the Fryer Committee on Labour-Management Relations in the Federal Public Service


Randy Ray


238 Bulrush Crescent, Ottawa, ON K1T 0E6

Phone: 613-425-3873



Publicist web:


Randy Ray launched his career as a reporter with The London Free Press in 1976 and was transferred to Ottawa in 1986 to cover Parliament Hill for the Free Press. He started freelancing in 1989 and has been a correspondent for various newspapers and magazines in Canada, including The Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Your Convenience Manager, Pharmacy Business, The Toronto Star, Forever Young, Capital Parent, Centre Ice Newspaper and The Winnipeg Free Press. His expertise ranges from financial affairs, tax issues and families, to sports, senior citizens, Canadian music, the environment and housing. He is the co-editor and co-founder of Ottawa-based Environment Policy & Law newsletter and has co-written nine books about Canada. He works as a freelance publicist for authors, businesses and charities, writes speeches, develops public relations programs, edits and rewrites reports and documents and creates and handles media relations programs. He also makes presentations about book publicity, book publishing and Canadian history.Ray and his partner Mark Kearney of London, ON operate a company known as The Trivia Guys, which provides trivia/history content to newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and web sites in Canada and the United States.


Margaret Kell Virany




Margaret Kell Virany earned a BA in English at the University of Toronto (1955) where she learned journalism on The Varsity. Blazing a trail, she was first full-time female YMCA public relations officer in Montreal and Toronto; then assistant organizer of the first live CBC-TV national conference The Real World of Woman. As a freelancer her byline was in the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal and Toronto dailies, plus trade magazines. She edited government documents and wrote a consumer column.To fill a blank in her home community in the '80's, she became editor and co-founder of the Aylmer Bulletin, a newspaper laid out weekly with her husband Thomas' help on a pingpong table in their basement. Now 'wellderly", she promotes her family memoirs A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void and Kathleen's Cariole Ride; also Eating at Church, a recipe collection she compiled and edited.Margaret's books hold a wealth of Canadian 20th century history broader than individuals and community. She has a following of seniors, young adults, males and female who enjoy a good, well-written story. Call her if you need a speaker for intimate groups.


Lisa Zanyk



Phone: 613-791-4471

Offering services in editing, formatting for self-publishing or manuscript submission, and writing-coaching. Can coach you through writing – or edit – your memoir. Essay writing, grammar and spelling coaching. Directing radio and theatre. Can so help you with your email communication!

Lisa Zanyk is a writer and editor with experience in various media and formats including journalism, radio documentaries, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, academic writing, memoirs, plays, reviews, engineering reports, resource manuals, policy, publicity materials, programs, catalogue entries, newsletters, curriculum outlines, workshops and seminars. She has written and edited for CBC Radio in current affairs and arts, and for The Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, Ottawa Magazine and other publications, and wrote resource material for an NGO. Her skills are equally applicable to technical, fictional, social media, journalistic, artistic, and academic contexts. She has experience in developing and facilitating courses; and directing and producing radio, theatre and television.

Lisa’s paid work is with the City of Ottawa as Arts Centre Programmer for the Nepean Creative Arts Centre. Most importantly, she has been a theatre director and Co-Artistic Producer of Chamber Theatre Hintonburg – which has a subsidiary operation, Wordburg Publishing – for many years, producing many great theatre performances in taverns and other cool places.

Lisa has a real-life understanding of what it means to make a living as a writer and is kind while trying to charge realistic fees for editing and formatting

Heather Flynn


Phone: 613 422 6221


I have 26 years experience proofreading, editing and typing.  Before moving to Ottawa, I worked for the Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT), otherwise known as the Maritime Forest Ranger School (MFRS) in Fredericton, NB.


I was the Instructors Admin Assistant. The Ranger School makes all their own student manuals. After years of buying textbooks, they decided to make their own manuals. They gave me their written notes, and I would type them up. I did the proofreading, and editing before I gave  the manual back to the Instructors for their approval. They made their changes, and gave it back to me. I would make their changes, then proofread and edit once again. Once satisfied, I photocopied the manual, punched the pages and coil bound it. There are 30+ courses.  I also did the typing and proofreading on 3 books that have been published.


I feel I have the ability to assist any of you who may have need of my services.  As to the price:  I charge $3.00 per page for proofreading only.  I charge $4.00 per page for proofreading and editing.

Jean Rath


Phone:  (613) 371-4584

My copyediting experience includes working with three different authors to help prepare five book-length manuscripts for publication. Three of these books, by author Nasreen Pejvack, are works of fiction. I gained further insight into the practice of editing fiction through my fiction-editing certificate course from Ryerson University.

I also do some blogging and copywriting, so I know what it takes to make a piece of writing look good! My other training includes a Ryerson certificate course on copyediting, and numerous Editors Canada seminars. I work out of my freelance business:

My description of what I do as a copy editor, and my rates, are here:

Or just give me a call or send an email, and we can talk about what I can do for you.