March 25, 2020
Making Time: Blueprinting, or How Durga Chew-Bose Showed Me the Kinship Between Music and WritingBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
On the first day of social distancing due to COVID-19, I woke up with my synthesizer beside me. I sat up in bed and stabbed some keys for an hour, fed it into my laptop, put it all aside, and returned ...
March 21, 2020
Trips Down Memory Lane: On Inhaling Old NotebooksBy Chelene Knight
I’ve always envisioned Fall as the best season for fresh starts and rebirth, while Spring has always been a reflective season where I look back at previous months and years while documenting and acknowledging ...
March 12, 2020
What Wolves Are You Missing? How Writing Communities Improve Our WritingBy A.H. Reaume
“The Yellowstone river is healthier today than it was in 1995. The wild part about this positive ecological trend (which cuts against so many other ecological trends in the world) is that we understand ...
March 05, 2020
Book Therapy: Shani Mootoo’s Polar VortexBy Stacey May Fowles
“The body is always in the moment. It doesn’t care if it was warmer or colder any other time. It’s concerned—a matter of survival, naturally—only with how it is in the present.”—Shani Mootoo, ...
March 02, 2020
Acknowledging Fear in WritingBy Chelene Knight
“Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.” – Toni Morrison Fear.Fear of the first draft, fear of spiders, fear of ...
February 27, 2020
Making Time: How Ondaatje Taught Me To Show Up For Myself, or Plotting vs. PantsingBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
There are some books whose images stay with us long after we’ve read them, far more than the stories or the characters themselves. An image that has stayed with me over the years is from The English ...
February 25, 2020
A Love Letter to Scarborough WritersBy Natasha Ramoutar
To busy writers, penning poems on the back of receipts, scribbling into notebooks on Line 3 — this is for you.I rarely find time to sit down and write anymore. Instead, I create fragments wherever I ...
February 21, 2020
On Trying Not To Fly By the Seat of My PantsBy Nancy Jo Cullen
I’m a writer who regularly finishes projects, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a writer with a regular practice. This is something I feel I should be able to correct and yet somehow writing continues ...
February 18, 2020
What Do You Wish You Had Known Before Becoming a Children's Book Creator?By Naseem Hrab
I’ve worked in children’s publishing for nearly fifteen years and I’ve been writing children’s books for about five years. All this to say, I learned a lot about the realities of publishing children’s ...
February 07, 2020
Book Therapy: The Wisdom of Children(’s Books)By Stacey May Fowles
“I’ll be okay…I’ll be okay…”—Akiko Miyakoshi, The Piano RecitalIt’s probably not surprising that, after eighteen months of extended maternity leave, I’ve found the return to full time ...