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On Writing the Same Book Over and OverBy Samantha Garner
In a 2015 webchat on The Guardian’s site, Kazuo Ishiguro was asked about his varied subject matter. He replied:“My subject matter doesn't vary so much from book to book. Just the surface does. The ...
February 02, 2024
Facing (the Failure of) an Empty EventBy Manahil Bandukwala
There’s a particular kind of feeling to describe preparing and planning for a literary event, only to show up and find the room empty, or nearly empty. You keep looking at the door hoping the passers-by ...
January 05, 2024
An Ode to Writing ResearchBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
I have realized that second only to holding a bound book in my hands, my favourite part of writing a book is the research. I love choosing worlds that I don’t know much about—rare books libraries, ...
December 29, 2023
When Life Influences FormBy Samantha Garner
What’s the best form for your next writing project? Often, this is decided by the sort of thing you want to write. Your sprawling epic fantasy idea likely won’t work as a short story, for example. ...
December 22, 2023
Book Therapy: Favourites From My FavouritesBy Stacey May Fowles
“My eclectic reading habits often lead me through various genres, from memoirs and horror novels to young adult fiction and anything else that I happen to grab. However, I have a particular fondness ...
December 20, 2023
The Transition to Short Stories (as a poet)By Manahil Bandukwala
I’ve spent years now honing my craft as a poet. I know how to edit individual poems, as well as to approach and rewrite entire manuscripts. Why did the need to do the same in fiction seem so daunting ...
December 12, 2023
7 Writing Lessons I Learned from GardeningBy Vikki VanSickle
I am by no means a capital G Gardener, but planning and tending to my little patio garden brings me a lot of comfort and satisfaction. While getting my garden ready for winter, I found my mind wandering ...
December 08, 2023
Interdisciplinary collaboration: The highlight of my writing yearBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Writing can be lonely—we hear that all the time. And though I generally love working alone, this year, I’ve been working with a dancer friend on a collaborative process and it’s been one of the ...
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 ...