Services

Consulting & Blogging Services

Let’s talk about content creation for your website. Do you have a blog? Are you creating interesting posts? Are your posts attracting new business or does blogging always end up so far down your to-do list that it never sees the light of day?

Believe me, I get it! With so much to do to launch and maintain a website, just the thought of writing a blog can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, I love creating engaging content and I’m ready and able to help you add a blog to your website or to breathe new life into your current one. Blog posts about subjects that interest your followers and customers increase traffic to your website and boost your bottom line.

I offer you two levels of service to make blogging less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

Level A: Leave the writing to me. I interview you about your business and we brainstorm topics. I then conduct research, determine relevant keywords, and optimize the post for search engines (SEO).

Level B: Call on my support to help with posts already written by you or a member of your team. When you send me your posts, I edit them, provide additional content suggestions, and run them through robust SEO tools.

I’m an experienced blogger capable of working with clients across a broad spectrum of industries including health care, travel, fitness, marketing, sports, and entertainment.

I’ve created Art In Fiction (www.artinfiction.com), a curated database of novels inspired by the arts. In addition to listing over 1,100 novels (and growing), the website includes weekly blog posts and reviews.

I also recently launched a travel website called Artsy Traveler (www.artsytraveler.com). You’ll find lots of posts about traveling in Europe through an arts lens.  Have a look and see what you think.

Writing has been my passion since I was a child and my profession for decades. I’m the author of over sixty best-selling college textbooks in computer applications and communications for Cengage Learning, a major US publisher, as well as three award-winning historical novels about women in the arts. The Towers of Tuscany is about an artist in 14th-century Tuscany, A Woman of Note follows a composer in 1830s Vienna, and The Muse of Fire is about a London actress in 1809. For over two decades, I was on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia and facilitated numerous communications workshops for corporate and government clients. I hold an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. When I’m not writing and traveling, I teach Nia, a wholistic dance/fitness practice on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC.

Contact me to book a free 30-minute consultation with me so we can talk about your website, the kind of content you’d like to develop, and how I can help you attract more traffic to your site and engage with your members.

Workshops

I love sharing my passion for writing with people eager to improve their craft and get inspired. You can subscribe to my newsletter to learn about upcoming workshops or contact me.

If you're part of a writing group or organization, connect with me and let me know what kind of writing workshop your group would enjoy.

Sample Workshop Topics

  • Historical Fiction for Storytellers
  • How to Write Compelling Character Descriptions
  • Tapping the Experts: Research Tips for Authors
  • Exhilarating Indie: Get Published!
  • The Hero's Journey: Theme and Plot Development

I'm always open to suggestions. What does your group want to learn? How may I be able to help? The workshops are all interactive, engaging, and practical. Participants leave with lots of notes and plenty of inspiration to apply to their own writing.

Workshop Testimonials

From Pandora Ballard, Past President, Programs, and Publicity, Tri-City Wordsmiths, Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Carol Cram gave a wonderful program to our group on everything a writer wants to know about creating historical fiction. She covered all the elements in a professional PowerPoint presentation, including six guidelines for writing historical fiction ... Her presentation was applicable to writers in any genre, and I highly recommend attending one of her sessions, should it come to your local library or writers’ group.

From Lynne Moran, Facilitator, North Shore ElderCollege Society

Carol Cram has kindly presented to our North Shore ElderCollege on several occasions to rave reviews. Her presentations include readings, discussions and fascinating historical references of the times in which she sets her novels. You can tell Carol was a highly skilled University instructor as her presentations are clear, concise, full of humour and so engaging. I for one look forward to her next novel and hope she will present to our group again. 

Sheila McClelland, Authors in Our Community Program, West Vancouver Memorial Library

It was my pleasure to have worked with Carol when she presented her novel Towers of Tuscany in October 2014. Carol is delightful to work with and gave me any information I needed on a timely basis. I attended the presentation she gave and was very impressed with the information she presented for her talk.  She presented her book very well and gave lots of information for new or aspiring authors. I heartily support doing any promotion with Carol. 

From Cathy Scrimshaw, Past President/Past Library Liaison: North Shore Writers Association

Carol Cram participated in the North Shore Writer’s Festival 2015 as a presenter for the North Shore Writer’s Association’s sponsored event. Carol prepared and presented a 90-minute workshop, complete with a printed handout and a PowerPoint presentation on The Hero’s Journey, to an audience of approximately 80 participants. Carol’s workshop was professional and polished, and the reviews from participants were excellent. She also participated in a Local Authors Evening at the North Vancouver City Library, in which she and other local authors read from their works. Again, her reading was very well received by those attending. I consider her to be a polished, professional presenter who approaches her work with enthusiasm and expertise. She would be an excellent addition to any program. 

Business Writing

Finding the right words to communicate your message takes time away from your business. Instead of wrestling with sentence structure and syntax, consider turning over your content development to someone who loves working with words as much as you love working in your business.

I bring over 30 years of experience as a business writer to help your company reach and respect all your intended readers. As the author of over 50 textbooks on business communications and computer applications and with clients across Canada and the United States, I have the track record your company needs to put your best words forward.

Contact me to discuss your project. You can also check out my business website - www.carolcramconsulting.com for more information.

Business Writing Testimonials

From Dr. Tom McKeown, my wonderful mentor and long time associate in Clear Communication Consultants:

For over two decades, I’ve worked closely with Carol and know first hand her rare ability to write and format clear and effective business documents. She strips away unnecessary words and keeps her focus always on the needs of her readers. Carol has written and co-written numerous documents for me over the years–from manuals to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to training materials to presentations. She is also a gifted workshop facilitator with a knack for engaging and challenging participants. I recommend her without reservation to any company that needs the services of a talented and conscientious writer, trainer, and document designer.

From Patricia Lalondewww.patricialalondecfp.com, a fantastic financial planner:
Carol worked with me on two major writing projects and her work was the  icing on the cake! She has an enormous talent in seeing the pages the way they SHOULD be so that the reader/student will get the most out of  the material. Thank you Carol!

From Nerys Poole, a retired lawyer and awesome mayoral candidate:

I am a retired lawyer and in 2011 ran for mayor of Bowen Island.  Carol was a highly valued and essential member of my campaign team.  She would take my long-winded written materials and turn them into clear, succinct messages that expressed what I wanted to say but much more effectively.  She assisted me in my public speaking, both in helping me make my points briefly and concisely and in giving me tips to improve my delivery during our practice sessions.   Carol did not just create materials – she listened to the messages I wanted to give and, with her editing skills,  was able to give them a polish and a finish that really helped me to get my point across.  I would highly recommend Carol to anyone or any business that is looking for a very astute mind to assist with writing or editing documents.  

From Christie Gracewww.christiegracemusic.com, a beautiful jazz singer and amazing jeweler on Bowen Island:

Carol’s expertise went above and beyond my expectations. She transformed a boring thirty-two page detailed marketing plan into an appealing, clear and artistic twenty-six page indexed document that I was proud to submit. Not to mention the fun we also had together during the process.