September 18, 2020
How writing rituals saved me from quitting as a writerBy Chelene Knight
I define my writing ritual as a series of unique actions taken that tells my brain it’s writing and creation time. This is part preparation, part boundary-setting, part protective aura. I know that ...
September 11, 2020
Stories of the NorthBy Waubgeshig Rice
There’s no consensus on where Southern Ontario ends and Northern Ontario begins. Some say the French River north of Parry Sound is the unofficial border. Others believe the north begins at the town ...
September 09, 2020
Book Therapy: Farzana Doctor’s SevenBy Stacey May Fowles
“As I slip into slumber, listening to my girl breathing beside me, a sensation of well being settles over my skin like a silk sheet.”-Farzana Doctor, SevenThe closer we got to September, the less ...
September 03, 2020
How To Become That Kind of Bitch (or, One-Night Stands and New Selves)By Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Before the pandemic, I had a one-night stand with a person I met at a rave, Tyler. The morning after we slept together, I was buttering my toast and he began to ask probing questions about my life and ...
August 31, 2020
How to Be Exceptionally EditableBy Naseem Hrab
When I first started writing children’s books, I possessed the strength and virility of a thousand strong and virile men. I believed in my ideas and held fast to them. While I was open to the editorial ...
August 24, 2020
What Do You Do When Your Disability Keeps You from Writing? What I Learned When I Launched a Brute Force Hack on my BrainBy A.H. Reaume
What Do You Do When Your Disability Keeps You from Writing? What I Learned When I Launched a Brute Force Hack on my Brain A few years ago, I started hiking alone. I enjoyed escaping the city to one ...
August 18, 2020
(Cook)Book Therapy: County Heirlooms and Pandemic CookingBy Stacey May Fowles
“We hope you’ll try making some of these recipes, and we encourage you to find ways to make them your own. And we also hope this book inspires you, wherever you live, to find personal ways to connect ...
August 11, 2020
On Returning to Pen & PaperBy Natasha Ramoutar
The last time I wrote a story in a notebook must have been back in elementary school. I can remember handwriting in the thin cahiers we were given, double spacing my writing as instructed. Because I was ...
August 04, 2020
My Attraction to Gritty StoriesBy Chelene Knight
Not all stories are romantic or are tied up neatly at the end. Sometimes characters do not have a redeeming quality, and sometimes their experiences have made them hard and difficult to “save.” Gritty ...
July 28, 2020
How to Keep Dreaming in the Pandemic (or, How I Finished the Third Draft of my Novel)By Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Living in a pandemic means that we are facing death every day. Thinking about death pushed me into survival mode. I was stressed and depressed to the point of migraines and insomnia. I stopped doing things ...