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A Few Key Things Every Newly Published Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators Should Know!By Naseem Hrab
The title says it all, guys! Here’s a roundup of a bunch of things that newly published authors and illustrators should know. Whether it’s resources on negotiating contracts or where to do research ...
June 20, 2019
On Synchronicity and Writing: The Path Back to MyselfBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Last month, I had the privilege of going on a road trip across Northern BC as part of an author’s tour organized by the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, for which my book of poems, Port of Being, was a finalist. ...
June 18, 2019
All Booked Up - Pivot Reading SeriesBy Elyse Friedman
The roots of Pivot Readings stretch back to 1998, when poet Paul Vermeersch started a fiction and poetry reading series in Toronto’s adorably dilapidated I.V. Lounge. When that venue closed in 2008, ...
June 06, 2019
Interdependence as Disabled Poetics and Praxis: Or Why My Novel is Dedicated to My Disabled Friend MaddyBy A.H. Reaume
People often say that they couldn’t have written their books without the help and support of friends and family. This is particularly true for disabled writers. Finishing my novel required many hours ...
May 15, 2019
Have You Hugged Your Google Sheets Lately? How Spreadsheets Helped Me Create Space for My TraumaBy Chelene Knight
Coffee, walking your dog, getting ready for work, breakfast, more coffee, what you missed on Twitter while you were asleep, what fires to fight on Twitter, what fires to diffuse on Twitter, getting more ...
May 09, 2019
A Letter to Writers Who Are Not Writing (Right Now)By A.H. Reaume
Dear Fellow Writer,My life is paused right now. It stutters like a record in a too-worn groove. Morning comes and then night. I’m able to colour in the basics of my day. I go to work. I write my freelance ...
May 06, 2019
Moving On and Holding On: Writing Picture Books as TherapyBy Naseem Hrab
Is it just me or is closure overrated and nearly impossible to achieve? It sometimes feels like the more you try to shut out painful experiences, the more they wave their hands around and yell, “Look ...
May 01, 2019
On Perfectionism: Stop it Right Now Thank You Very Much*By Chelene Knight
“Once you have realized what you need to improve in your piece—either from a writing partner's helpful responses or your own insights—you're ready to begin revising, a process you would be well ...
April 25, 2019
What Agents Are Looking For: Interview with Marilyn BidermanBy Sheniz Janmohamed
One afternoon, when I was feeling particularly angsty, I tweeted out to my followers, “How do BIPOC writers get agents?” I received some encouraging responses, as well as some that had me questioning ...
April 17, 2019
Creative LifeBy Carrianne Leung
I was asked to give a keynote address at the launch of the student literary journal, Scarborough Fair at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The theme was “The Creative Life”. As their Writer in ...