May 10, 2022
Genres You Didn’t Learn About in Kidlit 101By Vikki VanSickle
One of the most formative experiences in my development as a writer was working in a bookstore. For four glorious years I was the manager of the award-winning, much beloved Flying Dragon Bookshop in Toronto. ...
April 29, 2022
Book Therapy: Good Mom on PaperBy Stacey May Fowles & Jen Sookfong Lee
“Children require their parents to search for small moments of peace or grace or dignity. Maybe we can treat creativity the same way: creating the one true thing within a project that is otherwise just ...
April 21, 2022
How to Start a Writers’ GroupBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
I spent years working on a novel about a lifeguard who was terrified of drowning. Years, of sitting in the same corner of the same coffee shop bashing out draft after unreadable draft. And the only feedback ...
March 31, 2022
The Best of Both WorldsBy D.D. Miller
Humber College’s new undergrad in creative and professional writing strives to nurture skilled creative professionals.I always wanted to be a writer. Or maybe it’s that I always wrote. I took the ...
March 29, 2022
The challenges (and joys) of receiving feedbackBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
I am not proud of it, but my initial response to feedback on my writing is an instant NOPE. No way! ABSOLUTELY NOT. “What if you switched the point of view to third person?”NOPE. No way! ABSOLUTELY ...
March 25, 2022
Locked Down and Longing for Community: The Genesis of The Quarantine ReviewBy Jeff Dupuis and Sheeza Sarfraz
It started in a pub on the Danforth, the bar filled with older gentlemen dejected at the cancellation of the Dave Mason concert at the Music Hall a half-block away. COVID wasn’t real to them yet, as ...
March 18, 2022
Making the Leap: Why Writing Programs Matter Right NowBy Meaghan Strimas
I’ve been on campus exactly once since March 2020, during the height of one of the province’s lockdowns, to pack up my old office at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus. I was leaving my post as the ...
March 15, 2022
Why Canada Reads Needs Unhappy NarrativesBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Each year on Canada Reads, five books of fiction and nonfiction are chosen by Canadian celebrities who advocate for their book of choice as one that “all of Canada should read.” One book is voted ...
March 09, 2022
Book Therapy: Sunny Days InsideBy Stacey May Fowles
“Is it safe?” “It’s safe now but when won’t it be safe?” “It’s not actually bad here.” “It’s not bad there either.” “What about the money.” “But what about the kids? They’ll ...
February 11, 2022
Making a skating rink, and other tricks for stepping away from a work-in-progressBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
On a particularly cold Friday morning, I piled my kids in a car with snow pants and skates and a pile of books and we headed to a cottage rental. We all were desperate for a change of scenery, and I was ...