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 ...
April 03, 2019
Small Victories: How to Keep Writing When the Odds Seem Stacked Against YouBy Naseem Hrab
Everyone thinks that once you get a book deal it’s all sunshine and rainbows: a beautiful book, great reviews, book launches! … But it’s not. Getting published often introduces you to a host of ...
March 28, 2019
How Heated Fitness Classes Improved My (Writing) LifeBy Chelene Knight
It’s a given that entrepreneurs are supposed to invest in their business, accumulate assets, and build something bigger than themselves. Writing is what I do, it’s my business. When I started teaching, ...
March 25, 2019
How to Secure a Literary AgentBy Sheniz Janmohamed
With spring just around the corner (we hope), there’s a renewed sense of optimism in the air. Writers are slowly emerging from the depths of their hobbit holes, and some have manuscripts ready to be ...
March 19, 2019
How Twitter Transformed My Writing LifeBy A.H. Reaume
“Ugh, I’m on Twitter and I hate it,” I remember telling a friend and fellow writer at her birthday party last year.The room was full of writers and the conversation had somehow shifted to talk about ...
March 11, 2019
Writing and illustrating children’s books: All the surprisesBy Naseem Hrab
The process of writing, illustrating and publishing a children’s book can be filled with surprises—good and bad! For example, I’m always surprised by how much my heart explodes when a friend sends ...
March 05, 2019
An Interview with Ashley ObscuraBy James Lindsay
“What place does the slow-moving technology of love have in our world?” Plainspoken but never simplistic, the writing of Ashley Obscura and her press, Metatron, is emblematic of many of the young ...
February 26, 2019
When All Your Faves Are ProblematicBy Amanda Leduc
Recently, at a dinner with several writer friends, I learned that a writer I’ve long admired has been known to behave rather smarmily around young women. This writer is now on the list of names that ...
February 19, 2019
On BurnoutBy Alicia Elliott
I’ve finished my first book. I’ve done the writing, the rewriting, the editing, more rewriting, the copy editing, the fact checking… I think you get the point. It was a lot of work. But now I’m ...
February 13, 2019
Writing Black Futures: I see you creating strong bondsBy Chelene Knight
In February of 2018 I had curated an event at the Vancouver Public Library called “Where are you really from?” which I hoped would create a safe space for dialogue around what it means to identify ...