July 26, 2022
The Trouble With Memoirs
A recent development in academic creative writing programs is the rise of “Creative Non-Fiction,” a genre supposed to be fundamentally journalistic but using the techniques of fiction. At its best, ...
March 25, 2022
Locked Down and Longing for Community: The Genesis of The Quarantine Review
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 ...
May 10, 2021
Going Beyond the Booklists
“Unprecedented” seems to be one of the keywords people often use to describe the past 14 months, and while that may continue to be true, I have also personally found another word that equally resonated ...
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 ...
October 06, 2017
Special Feature: Dundurn Press
Words and Photos by Elyse Friedman. In 1972, Kirk Howard was a young man living in Sarnia and teaching Canadian studies. He noticed a dearth of homegrown books to use in his history and literature classes, ...
August 25, 2017
6 Marketing Tips for Debut Authors
Publishers are great partners, but they don’t usually do the heavy lifting in terms of marketing—especially for debut authors. In a partnership both parties have to pull their weight, which requires ...
August 21, 2017
Publishing the Unpublished
A closer look at an instigating moment in Canadian booksThe evening of June 22, Harbourfront Centre hosted a special International Festival of Authors event. Though the series is best known for presenting ...
June 02, 2017
Special Feature: Coach House Books
One evening every September, a back laneway in Toronto fills with writers, artists, publishers and other bookish types. They gather at the annual Coach House Books Wayzgoose to raise a glass to one of ...
May 27, 2017
5 Tips to Stand Out in the Slush Pile
You’ve finished your manuscript. It’s been edited by a critique partner. You’ve assembled a pitch. Now what? The next step is securing literary representation to pitch your project to prospective ...