October 21, 2020
How to Engage OnlineBy Waubgeshig Rice
Online engagement is a reality of the modern writer’s life. It’s rare now for an author to create a story in solitude, and then remain there once their book is out in the world. Digital media now ...
October 19, 2020
Book Therapy: Lorna Crozier’s Through the GardenBy Stacey May Fowles
“The world is violent and mercurial—it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love--love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; ...
October 16, 2020
Poets Becoming Novelists: On Trusting Leaps and FragmentsBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
I finished the first draft of my novel in mid-March – in the first week of isolation. I hadn’t grasped the gravity of the pandemic then, so I was grateful for the sudden reprieve from the real world. ...
October 14, 2020
Natasha Ramoutar: On Full Circles and First BooksBy Sheniz Janmohamed
Less than a month ago, Natasha Ramoutar published Bittersweet, her first book of poems, with Mawenzi House. Less than a month ago, I celebrated the ten year publishing anniversary of my first book, Bleeding ...
October 08, 2020
On Querying into an ApocalypseBy A.H. Reaume
"I feel so cooped up in my house with this smoke and the moths that keep flying by my window. Is a weekend really a weekend in 2020 if it doesn't include plague, pestilence, and Hell fire?" - @a_h_reaumeI ...
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 ...