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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 ...
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, ...