Ann Douglas and Elizabeth Ruth to Lead "Be Your Own Publicist" Workshops on Behalf of The Writers' Union of Canada

Excerpted from a media release issued by The Writers' Union of Canada:

The facilitators for The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2012 How to be Your Own Publicist Professional Development workshops have been announced:

The facilitators for The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2012 How to be Your Own Publicist Professional Development workshops have been announced:

Ann Douglas is the author of 30 books, including the The Mother of All Pregnancy Books.  She has a blog, two websites, three Facebook Pages, two Twitter accounts, a LinkedIn profile, a Google Plus account, and a Flickr photo-sharing account. She has made her own videos (shared via YouTube) and is an active member of online communities for authors (SheWrites) and book lovers (GoodReads).  Her social media presence is influential enough that she was recruited to serve as a member of the Canadian Red Cross Twitter Team and in times of disaster volunteers her time to help to spread urgent messages via social media.  She is a frequent presenter at social media conferences: she spoke at Canada’s first-ever conference about Twitter and social good (#140conf); at Blissdom Canada (the Canadian offshoot of a successful American conference for women who are bloggers and highly active in social media); and at Magazines Canada’s annual conference (MagNet) on self-promotion for writers.  Ann has also participated in She’sConnected, a conference for the 100 most connected women in social media in Canada.

Elizabeth Ruth is a writer, editor, creative writing instructor and mother living in Toronto. Her first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence was a finalist for the Writers' Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Smoke, was chosen for the 2007 One Book One Community program. Elizabeth's third novel, The Matador - about a female bullfighter - will be published in fall 2012. Elizabeth has promoted her own books working with large and small publishers, with media, bookstores, festivals, libraries, and book clubs and been successful in securing media coverage, reading and speaking invitations, hosting launch parties, and managing book tours.  She is also well-known for her mentorship of aspiring writers. She teaches at the University of Toronto and through the Humber School for Writers. She has held the position of Writer-In-Residence at the Toronto Public Library and is currently working with NOWW to mentor writers across northern Ontario.

The Writers' Union of Canada acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for this project.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds du livre du Canada (FLC) pour ce projet.