Speaker

Photo: Sara Elisabeth Photography

Photo: Sara Elisabeth Photography

Looking for a speaker for your next writing conference? I'd love to be involved. Please get in touch so that we can brainstorm the possibilities. (Please see the list of presentation topics below for ideas and inspiration.)

Looking for a parenting speaker? You can find out about my parenting presentations by visiting my parenting websites (Having-a-baby.com and Parenting Through the Storm).

Upcoming Presentations

February 15, 2017: Canadian Media Guild webinar. Presentation description:  The Savvy Freelancer’s Guide to Contract Negotiation: Negotiating a writing contract doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, it can be a positive and empowering experience. In this practical and thought-provoking webinar, author and freelance writer Ann Douglas will teach you how to analyze a freelance writing agreement so that you are totally clear about what you’re being asked to sign. Then she’ll share some insider advice on negotiating the best possible contract terms for yourself — and in a way you can feel good about. Expect to be informed, inspired, and entertained during this information-packed session. 

Past Presentations

Often, when hosting a workshop, it can be a challenge to keep everyone happy; there are always a few people who do not feel the session was worth their time and money. This is not the case with our most recent Ann Douglas workshop on contracts and copyright. She presented an amazing workshop packed with practical advice and information. Ann was wonderful to work with when organizing the event and professional throughout, assisting to solve challenges as they arose and generously answering all questions posed by
those attending. We would not hesitate to have Ann present another workshop.
— Carmel Vivier, President, South West New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers of Canada

June 12, 2015: Editors' Association of Canada and Professional Writers Association of Canada's Editing Goes Global conference, Toronto, Ontario. "How to be a Happy Writer." Presentation description: "Imagine being able to live the writing life of your dreams. You are fully engaged in writing projects that really matter to you. You are working with people who truly value your skills and contributions. You greet each writing day with eagerness and excitement rather than anxiety and dread. This workshop will provide you with the strategies and insights necessary to make the shift to a much happier and more productive writing life."

May 26, 2015: Social for Good Conference, Toronto, Ontario: "Get Noticed: Write a Book." A presentation for mission-driven entrepreneurs who have the goal of writing and publishing a book. 

May 1, 2015: American Society of Journalists and Authors, New York City: "Create the Writing Life of Your Dreams." Facilitated a panel on career issues for writers.

October 25, 2014: Professional Writers Association of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter. Surviving contract and copyright minefields plus one-to-one career consultations for writers.

October 2-4, 2014: Blissdom Canada 2014: Hosted the writing and publishing panel at this high-profile conference for women in social media. 

May 5, 2014: "How To Be A Happy Writer: A Career-Life Workshop for Writers." Vancouver, BC. Hosted a day-long workshop for writers. Workshop description: "Imagine being able to live the writing life of your dreams. You are fully engaged in writing projects that really matter to you. You are working with people who truly value your skills and contributions. You greet each writing day with eagerness and excitement rather than anxiety and dread. This workshop will provide you with the strategies and insights necessary to make the shift to a much happier and more productive writing life."

April 28, 2014: Women in Business: From Passion to Profit. Writing and publishing mentor/expert during this day-long exploration of entrepreneurial possibility. 

April 12, 2014: Professional Writers Association of Canada: Atlantic Chapter, New Brunswick: "Surviving contract and copyright minefields" workshop plus one-to-one career consultations for writers.

November 28, 2013: Professional Writers Association of Canada: Toronto Chapter. "Pursue Your Passion: Succeeding at Specialty Writing." Panelist.

Sept. 24, 2013: Canadian Media Guild Freelancers Panel. "Yes, We Are Worthy." Panelist.

June 4 to 7, 2013: MagNet 2013: Canada's national magazine conference. Co-presented a workshop on "How To Be Your Own Publicist" with novelist Elizabeth Ruth.

November 2 to 16, 2012: The Writers' Union of Canada. Halifax (Nov. 3), Toronto (Nov. 5), Montreal (Nov. 8), Ottawa (Nov. 10), Kingston (Nov. 12), and via Webinar (Nov. 16). "How To Be Your Own Publicist: A full-day symposium for writers at all phases of their careers.Co-presented with novelist Elizabeth Ruth.

October 21-22, 2012: Blissdom Canada, Toronto, Ontario. Book publishing workshops and a behind-the-scenes tour of Canadian Family magazine.

Thursday, August 23, 2012: Women in Business Network, Toronto, Ontario. "The Blog Squad." Co-Presenters: Julie Cole (Mabel's Labels), Lianne Phillipson-Webb (Sprout Right), and Leslie Hughes (PunchMedia). Related blog post.

February 25 to March 6, 2012: The Writers' Union of Canada. Toronto (Feb. 25), Winnipeg (Feb. 27), Calgary (Feb. 28), Vancouver (Mar. 1), Victoria (Mar. 2), and via Webinar (Mar. 6). "How To Be Your Own Publicist: A full-day symposium for writers at all phases of their careers."

February 7, 2012: Artrepreneur. Presented by Greater Peterborough Area Economic DevelopmentKawartha Lakes Small Business Enterprise Centre, and Business Advisory Centre Northumberland, Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario.

January 25, 2012: Editors' Association of Canada, Peterborough, Ontario. "How to Work With A Writer."

October 13-15, 2011: Blissdom Canada, Toronto, Ontario: "To Publish or Not to Publish: Taking Your Writing Beyond the Blog--Or Not."

June 7, 8, 9, 10, 2011: Magazines Canada: MagNet 2011 Conference, Toronto, Ontario. "How to Become and Effectively Market Yourself as a Subject-Matter Expert" and "Monetizing Content in the Age of E-Publishing."

January 19, 2010: Professional Writers Association of Canada (Toronto Chapter), Toronto, Ontario. "Business Skills for Creative Types."

June 4, 2009: Magazines Canada: MagNet 2009 Conference, Toronto, Ontario. “At the Table with Six-Figure Freelancers.”

January 24, 2008. Frontier College: Family Literacy Day, Peterborough, Ontario. "Books Run in My Family." Trent University.

July, 2007: Canadian Authors Association Annual Conference, "Secrets of Successful Authors." Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario.

May 28, 2005: Professional Writers Association of Canada, Annual Conference, Hamilton, Ontario. “The Secrets of Successful Freelance Writers: Launching a Successful Career as a Freelance Writer” and “From Conception to Delivery: The Birth of a Non-Fiction Book Proposal.” 

May 13, 2005: Get Publishing! Conference:“Your Top Ten Business-Building Strategies” and “How Does Your Business Grow?” Edmonton, Alberta.