September 27, 2019
On Building a HouseBy Chelene Knight
When I was a young girl throwing myself into books, I I remember how I used to pull random books from library shelves without concern about what the book was about or who wrote it. I ran my hands down ...
September 24, 2019
The Art of the DeadlineBy Naseem Hrab
Every word I’m typing right now is late. Not a month late, or even a week late, but three days late. And with every tap, tap, tap on my keyboard, I feel a pang. Anxiety. Guilt. Racing thoughts. Why ...
September 20, 2019
When History and Fiction Collide: On the Necessity of IrreverenceBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
A week before I attended my first writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity last month, a historian in Vancouver gave me an envelope containing a strip of negatives. I developed them ...
September 13, 2019
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Between Writing ProjectsBy A.H. Reaume
Lately, I’ve felt a bit unmoored. For the last 6 years, I’ve organized my spare time around working on my novel. I’ve either been working on it or worrying about not having time to work on it, or ...
August 27, 2019
Heads or Tails: On Writing Myself Into the NarrativeBy Chelene Knight
Last spring I competed for—and won—an executive position in the arts. When I found out, I was thrilled because, let’s be honest, the industry is predominantly cis, white, and male, and I was all ...
August 23, 2019
Tough Love for People Who Are Better at Talking About Writing Instead of Actually WritingBy Naseem Hrab
I just binge-watched three seasons of Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian. If you’re not familiar with this incredible reality television show allow me to tell you about it: in each episode, two normies ...
August 20, 2019
Writing Through Trauma Is Writing Through ForgettingBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
A few days ago, I finished writing a short story. A new short story. Because my fiction is drawn from my life, I journalled first, did a freewrite, and then outlined the first half of the story to nudge ...
July 31, 2019
Why you should re-read booksBy Chelene Knight
I am a big reader, but I am an even bigger re-reader. Yes, I have a mountainous stack of to be read books, but I believe that it’s important to my writing practice—and to my basic existence—to dive ...
July 26, 2019
The Truth About the Slush PileBy Naseem Hrab
Sit down and write a manuscript. Craft it for many months—maybe, even years. Print off manuscript at your mom’s house. Carefully wrap it with your hopes and dreams. Place it in an envelope purchased ...
July 23, 2019
Why I Don’t Announce My Social Media BreaksBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Over the past couple of years, I’ve watched several writers announce that they’re taking a break from social media. Sometimes they edit their profile so that their status, “on hiatus,” is added ...