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Barbara Florio Graham

Bio: Barbara Florio Graham is a writer, teacher and communications consultant whose clients have included 14 Canadian federal government departments, 12 national and international organizations, 14 regional organizations, as well as many corporate and business clients in the U.S. and Canada.

Barbara has contributed to more than 30 magazines and newspapers around the world, websites in 46 countries in 11 time zones, and 38 print anthologies in five countries. Her award-winning Christmas Story, first published by Nelson Bros. Canada for grade seven students, has been reprinted in high school textbooks for students learning English in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Barbara has won awards for fiction, non-fiction, humor and poetry. She is the author of Five Fast Steps to Better Writing (20th anniversary edition published in 2005), Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity (which won an award from the International Association of Business Communicators, and Mewsings/Musings, which she co-authored with her famous cat, Simon Teakettle. That book was given a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers' Association.

Barbara has mentored many other authors, serving as a publishing consultant and writing coach. Her website,, is full of free information about writing, publishing, publicity, and cats.

Awards:Shojai Mentoring Award and the Sticky Paws Training Award, both from the Cat Writers' Association Inc.

Outstanding Service Award from The Periodical Writers' Association of Canada.

Communicator of the Year from the Ottawa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

The Hartley Literary Award in high school, and a Gold Microphone Award at Barnard College (Columbia University).