December 03, 2019
Becoming Bigger Than OurselvesBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
In mid-November, a few days after I’d returned to Vancouver from the Singapore Writers Festival a week prior, I saw an owl.I was in a jet-lagged haze at dusk, on my way to the convenience store to get ...
November 29, 2019
What Does Work/Life Balance Look Like for Writers?By A.H. Reaume
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”This is a question children are often asked with a bemused smile by teachers, family, or friends. They expect that you’ll reply with some fantastical thing: ...
November 28, 2019
What to Do When Your Story Already Exists in the WorldBy Naseem Hrab
We all know that every story has already been told and our challenge, as writers, is to come up with new, original ways to tell stories. Unfortunately, sometimes you think you’ve done just that and, ...
November 25, 2019
Offstage MagicBy Sheniz Janmohamed
Festival season is over, and I’m still reeling from all the conversations and questions that have arisen offstage. What it is about the magic of writers without microphones, with cups of coffee and ...
November 20, 2019
3 Practices the Literary Scene Could Learn from Spoken Word ArtistsBy Natasha Ramoutar
When I was curating So Fresh: A Scarborough Reading, I desperately wanted to bring together two worlds that I deeply loved. First were the authors that I knew from the literary community. Authors like ...
November 13, 2019
HomeBy Nancy Jo Cullen
This October I travelled to Calgary from my home in Kingston to do some book promotion and to catch up with my family and cherished friends. It had been a little over a year since I’d returned home, ...
November 07, 2019
Book Therapy: Jessica Westhead’s WorryBy Stacey May Fowles
"Her brain and her body were still so wobbly then. Nothing about her was behaving the way it was supposed to. The birth had been a traumatic one, and she thought she would never heal.” - Jessica Westhead, ...
October 30, 2019
Prize SeasonBy Amanda Leduc
Earlier this summer, I had the chance to do some writing at the Banff Centre. It was a wonderful experience. I wrote, I slept, I went for long walks through the mountains. I ate too many pieces of cake ...
October 23, 2019
The Surgical Evolution of a PoemBy Chelene Knight
Last spring one of my students confessed that she wasn’t sure what she was writing was real poetry because she didn’t know a lot about technique and form, and she was concerned that her poetic toolbox ...
October 18, 2019
Act Now to Keep Seasonal Creativity Disorder at Bay!By A.H. Reaume
It’s not winter yet, but as we head into fall it’s starting to get darker earlier. It’s also getting colder. Maybe some days you’ve even wished you’d worn a light scarf or gloves as you walked ...