Daphne Gray-Grant

Author, presenter, consultant, enthusiastic coach

In a nutshell

Daphne Gray-Grant teaches business owners, academics, corporate communicators, book writers and others how to banish writer’s block so they can write with happiness and ease. (25 words)

In more detail

Daphne Gray-Grant grew up in the newspaper business: her parents owned a struggling weekly where she worked from the age of 16, even while completing an honours degree in political science at the University of B.C. Eventually, she left the family business to become a senior editor at a major metropolitan daily — The Vancouver Sun — where she worked for 10 years.

After the birth of her triplet children in 1994, she became a communications consultant, and writing and editing coach. She is author of 8 1/2 Steps to Writing Faster, Better and Your Happy First Draft. She has been blogging since 2006 and hosting a YouTube channel since 2017. She strongly believes that main reason many people can’t write — and can’t write quickly — is because the school system hasn’t given them the simple tools to do it. Her popular and free weekly newsletter, Power Writing, goes to thousands of readers around the world every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, go here.  (160 words)

Daphne's work



 Online course

  • Extreme Writing Makeover is an online course delivered by email once a week for an entire year. It also offers a monthly call for all participants.

Accountability program

  • Get It Done is a daily accountability program, lasting three months, in which participants report to Daphne their writing accomplishment five days a week. The program also provides email support, a special weekly hidden blog post and a monthly group call.


  • One-on-one writing coaching gives consultants, corporate communicators, academics and book writers the chance for personalized direction from Daphne


When I started freelancing, it used to take me days to write client articles until I came across Daphne’s work. What used to take me days now only takes me hours and I LOVE doing it.

— Paul Agbley, London, England

I no longer feel panic or tension every time I sit at my desk to write. Now, I most often feel eager to get my ideas onto paper.

— Cathy Ringham, Postdoctoral Scholar, Calgary, Alberta

Daphne’s book 81⁄2 Steps gave me the jump- start to turn out a 120,000-word memoir. I credit her for giving me the courage to begin climbing this steep learning curve towards become an effective writer.

— Gerri Almand, Tampa Florida

Daphne’s writing course has helped me be a better, faster writer. Now, if only my son would follow the writing advice I’ve tried to pass on to him!

— Jan Caster, Syracuse, New York

Daphne’s most requested topics:

  • Demolishing writer’s block
  • Why self-publishing isn’t scary
  • How to finish a thesis or dissertation without giving up your life
  • Using mindmapping to jumpstart your writing
  • How to build a sustainable writing habit

As seen or heard on:

Coursera: Learning How to Learn Course (interviewed by Barbara Oakley)

Mindmap your writing (interviewed by Productivityist Mike Vardy)

Double your writing speed (interviewed by the Savvy Scribe Janine Kelbach)

How to obliterate writer’s block (interviewed by Ed Gandia)

How to write faster, better (interviewed by Pete Mockaitis)

High-income business writing podcast (interviewed by Ed Gandia)

Advanced Freelancing podcast (interviewed by Laura Briggs)

Career Joy podcast (interviewed by Alan Kearns)

Writers Voices podcast (interviewed by Monica Handley)

Vital stats for Your Happy First Draft:

Paperback: 216 pages

Publisher: Highbury Street Books

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-9808877-2-3

Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.06 ounces

Publication date: September 24, 2019

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