May 30, 2023
Feed Your Brain, Read WidelyBy Samantha Garner
Writers are often advised to read within their genre to better understand it. And when it comes to readers, it can be tempting to stick to their favourite genre too⎯it’s a favourite for a reason!I'm ...
May 20, 2023
The Joys and Challenges of Writing for Adults AND for KidsBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
I’ve had May 2 circled on my calendar for months and months—it marks the pub date of my debut picture book, Dear Street. As the launch approaches, I’ve been thinking about how different the processes ...
May 12, 2023
Book Therapy: Mother’s Day EditionBy Stacey May Fowles
Beyond the saccharine sentiments, store-bought flowers, and (adorable but messy) kid-crafted breakfasts in bed, Mother’s Day can be an extremely fraught if not painful holiday for many. I know I spent ...
May 10, 2023
More Funny Books, Please!By Vikki VanSickle
One of the most stressful questions I’ve been asked by kids is, “are your books funny?” This is a test disguised as a question. If I get it wrong, they won’t read my books. But what is an appropriate ...
April 26, 2023
Book Therapy: The Remembering StoneBy Stacey May Fowles
“But Alice didn’t want the perfect stone to sink to the bottom like all the others, so she put it in her pocket.”-Carey Sookocheff, The Remembering StoneFor my family, last year was defined by loss. ...
April 15, 2023
Seven Tips For Making a Great AudiobookBy Claire Ross Dunn
My first novel, At Last Count (Invisible Publishing, 2022) was recently turned into an audiobook. This is what you hope for as a writer, because it offers a great second way to reach readers—third, ...
April 11, 2023
Shakespearean Transformations: All’s Well by Mona AwadBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Mona Awad’s 2021 novel, All’s Well, follows a drama professor suffering from chronic pain. She’s staging one of Shakespeare’s plays, All’s Well That Ends Well, which is about an orphan named ...
April 07, 2023
I Just Got Published - So, Why Don't I Feel Great?By Samantha Garner
When I was 18, I resolved to be a published writer one day. It was something I’d dreamed of even before then. As a younger teenager I wrote simple books inspired in varying degrees by The Outsiders. ...
March 28, 2023
Painting a Story: Danila Botha on Writing and PaintingBy Danila Botha
Since I was a kid, I’ve always painted. I’ve painted through every age of my life, through every possible emotion. I’ve painted when I was ecstatic and needed to share the feeling, I’ve painted ...
March 21, 2023
You didn’t get a grant…now what?By Lindsay Zier-Vogel
It’s grant notice season, and while some writers will be happy dancing all over their kitchens (if you are one of them, this column is for you!), some of us, well, won’t be dancing in the kitchen. ...