November 30, 2023
7 Ways to Develop Secondary CharactersBy Samantha Garner
Many authors do a good job at developing their protagonist or POV characters. After all, readers will be in these characters’ heads throughout an entire book. But as many readers can attest to, sometimes ...
November 27, 2023
I think I have a manuscriptBy Manahil Bandukwala
This is what I said to myself about four years into publishing my poems in journals, magazines, and through chapbooks. Sifting through folders to put poems into a single Word document, I saw the page ...
November 20, 2023
Things I Learned from Working in Publishing (That I Wish I Knew Earlier)By Vikki VanSickle
I spent 12 years in children’s publishing and here is a selection of things I learned on the job that I wish I had known beforehand. You don’t need an illustrator to submit your picture book manuscriptIn ...
October 24, 2023
Book Therapy: My Body is DistantBy Stacey May Fowles
“(Y)ou can be an elf, a monster, a kind of person you can’t be in Real Life. You can get outside of your head and escape.”- Paige Maylott, My Body is Distant Escape as a therapeutic avenue is ...
October 04, 2023
Tips for Writing in a Hybrid GenreBy Samantha Garner
Hybrid genres are on the rise, but many writers feel unsure about how to manage expectations of the different genres while writing, and how to market their finished product. As a reader and a writer, ...
October 02, 2023
Book Launch Season, Part 2: Being an Audience MemberBy Manahil Bandukwala
In the first part of “Book Launch Season,” I talked about how to enter this period of time as an author. Writers are (I hope) readers. As a poet especially, going to readings and sitting there as ...
September 28, 2023
Grant writing 101: Writing a budgetBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Writing a grant budget can be daunting, but I promise it doesn’t have to be! Many writing grants don’t even require budgets (TAC and OAC!), but some grants, including the Canada Council for the Arts ...
September 21, 2023
I’ve been invited to present at a literary festival, now what?By Vikki VanSickle
From the Brigadoon-esque setting of The Eden Mills Writer Festival to the hustle and bustle of TIFA Kids, it’s literary festival season. Everyone loves an invite to a party, but make sure you have all ...
September 14, 2023
The Pull of Two NeedlesBy Julie Cameron Gray
My first version of this essay was about how my two obsessions, knitting and writing, don’t compete with each other. I wrote at length about how they spin together in my brain in complicated steps, ...
September 11, 2023
The work of an editor at Coach House BooksBy Alana Wilcox
Editing, at its best, is invisible. The reader of a book will never know what the manuscript looked like when it was submitted, never know what the author and editor changed to make the finished book ...