Ann Voorhees Baker

Ann Voorhees Baker is Founder & Producer of Women At Woodstock, a national writer’s retreat held every fall in Woodstock, NY – founded in 2012. She is a writer of fiction, and has had short stories published in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Under the Sun, and elsewhere. In her “day job,” Ann is a writer, ghostwriter, editor, and website developer. Click here to visit her website, AnnVBaker.com.

She has designed websites and developed integrated social media marketing and search engine optimization plans for a specialized construction company, medical education foundation, photographer, skin care salon, roommate-finding service, support-group blog, plumbing service, clothing line, custom-designed surfboard company, political candidate, author, job search firm, speech trainer, and many more. Her most recent book-length ghostwriting and editing projects include a book of daily inspirational stories by nationally known luxury-event caterer Bill Hansen,  and a book of financial guidance by a family law attorney for young women just starting out in life.

A few years ago she acquired the over-50 women’s news & information site, ZestNow and built a new website for it, which she rebranded as Upside of 50.

Ann has taught courses at UCLA for students over 50 on internet usage and social media marketing: “Internet Catch-Up for Boomers & Beyond,” and “Online Marketing for Boomers in Business.”

Her web design and social media marketing practice grew out of a more traditional publishing and marketing firm that she founded and ran for 15 years prior to selling it in the early 2000s and then serving for a few years as Director of Communications, Marketing and Media Relations for a public school district.

Before her publishing and marketing career, Ann practiced law as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  She holds a B.S. in cybernetics (pre-med and engineering) from UCLA and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Ann encourages women writers to hone their craft, tell the stories they need to tell, and develop the smarts and the confidence to give voice to their work by getting published. A big part of writing and sharing your work is seeking out relationships with like-minded women who will encourage you to pursue your dream of writing, which you may have been putting off for a lifetime. It’s all about returning to your authentic self, which sometimes is much harder than you think.