April 14, 2021
Book Therapy: Satellite LoveBy Stacey May Fowles
“I think my favourite thing about humans was how they couldn’t fathom the thought of being alone.”—Genki Ferguson, Satellite Love My birthday is in April and I’ll admit I’ve never been very ...
March 29, 2021
Speaking Your Story into ExistenceBy Waubgeshig Rice
Over the winter I was part of two separate online writing residencies through the Banff Centre. Each cohort involved wonderfully talented writers from across the land, sharing their stories, truths, and ...
March 22, 2021
The Writing Moment with Natasha Ramoutar's BittersweetBy Daniel Scott Tysdal
Welcome to “The Writing Moment with . . .”!In this series of craft-focused columns, I will explore a wide range of works, topics, and interests that inspire me with the hope of inspiring you. I will ...
March 18, 2021
The Chaos of Creation and Why I Chase the Rupture PointBy Chelene Knight
When I write, it feels like I am on the inside of a spinning wheel that never stops. The wheel lets itself loose from the chassis and throws itself, willingly, down the hillside. The after effects of ...
March 15, 2021
Book Therapy: In Praise of RetreatBy Stacey May Fowles
“Chosen solitude is about agency, self-reliance and gaining clarity.When the churning mind-waters settle, I can begin to dip into the wellspring of my life.If I stay quiet long enough, I begin to forget ...
March 12, 2021
Zoom Class: Omar El Akkad and the Challenges of Writing ResistanceBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Sometimes there are Zoom meetings that can break you. Last week it took me five days to recover from the nausea, headaches, and light sensitivity caused by one single day of back-to-back virtual meetings. ...
March 08, 2021
On Giving Myself Permission Not to WriteBy A.H. Reaume
I know I have to write it. The essay I’ve been trying to write for a year and a half.I will be in the grocery store or out in the muck of a hike dripping with sweat and a sentence of it will come to ...
March 02, 2021
BookTok: Shaping a Generation of ReadersBy Ayesha Mumal
Open Book and Word on the Street have partnered this year to bring new and innovative content to our readers and patrons. In an effort to share the ideas and experiences of a wider range of people in ...
February 26, 2021
Grinding Out a New NovelBy Waubgeshig Rice
Writing a novel is a grind. It’s an arduous, meticulous, and often repetitive process that can take years. There’s the actual typing of words onto the page, and then come the edits and rewrites, which ...
February 18, 2021
Small gifts from writers: The power of writerly connectionsBy Chelene Knight
On one especially sunny day when I was a young girl sitting at my kitchen table scribbling stories on the backs of old receipts my mother left on the table, I closed my eyes, looked into the future, and ...