September 04, 2022
On Writing as Rehearsal
Growing up surrounded by music was a unique privilege whose ramifications, as a child, I was incapable of comprehending. I developed an impeccable musical ear, of course, but more than that, I bore witness ...
March 09, 2022
House of Anansi Press Announces Leigh Nash as New Publisher
House of Anansi Press, one of the country's most decorated independent publishers and a major element of the Canadian literary scene both historically and currently, has announced that a new publisher ...
November 08, 2021
"They Speak for Themselves" Souvankham Thammavongsa on Editing Best Canadian Poetry 2021
Though she's also garnered enormous success for her acclaimed fiction (including last year's Giller Prize winner How to Pronounce Knife), Souvankham Thammavongsa began her career with poetry, with her ...
November 04, 2021
"Who Were We, and Why Did We Live?" Diane Schoemperlen on Editing the 50th Edition of Best Canadian Stories
Diane Schoemperlen knows a thing or two about short fiction. The acclaimed Kingston-based author, who has been honoured with prizes including the prestigious Engel Findley and Matt Cohen Awards from the ...
October 29, 2020
On Listening to Your Gut Instinct When Editing Your Work
First, there’s that twisty churny feeling that crawls across your skin when something doesn't feel right. It’s similar to the feeling that can arise when you are walking home late at night and you ...
August 31, 2020
How to Be Exceptionally Editable
When I first started writing children’s books, I possessed the strength and virility of a thousand strong and virile men. I believed in my ideas and held fast to them. While I was open to the editorial ...
May 16, 2019
5 Tips on the Editing Process
Edits, edits everywhere, and several drops to drink...The final edit of the interior pages of my new middle grade adventure, THE LOST SCROLL OF THE PHYSICIAN, is due this Monday.Now is the time when I ...
May 01, 2019
On Perfectionism: Stop it Right Now Thank You Very Much*
“Once you have realized what you need to improve in your piece—either from a writing partner's helpful responses or your own insights—you're ready to begin revising, a process you would be well ...
March 02, 2018
What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Editorial Process for New Writers - Part Two
We are back with part two from guest columnist, and top-notch editor, Jen Knoch. Jen dropped some wisdom about the editorial process last month, and has much more to share with our readers, and any and ...
January 22, 2018
What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Editorial Process for New Writers - Part One
A little while ago, we were contacted by ECW's senior editor, Jen Knoch, with an interesting suggestion for the site. We profile a lot of authors, in all forms and genres, and post a good deal about the ...