In March of 2015, Annick and I first sat down together over a cup of tea at Molo’s to discuss her novel, Back to Maxwell. A year and half later, and after quite a few teas at Molo’s, we celebrated the completion of Back to Maxwell and talked about how it all began. Read on for our discussion, and read further on for an excerpt of the book.
We all know the important work the Writer's Trust of Canada does for our country's writers. Joseph Boyden calls it a lifeline for Canadian authors, and Margaret Atwood says it "could be the difference between a finished book and one whose pages remain blank forever.” But what you may not have realized is that, in addition to providing a level of support to writers unmatched by any other non-governmental organization, the Writer's Trust can also throw a good party.
It’s happening. Summer is on its way. For many of us, festivals and fairs will be the season’s biggest draws. But things don't always look so rosy for promoters.
Marketing an event is stressful. It has a way of bringing back unpleasant memories. Remember that sparsely-attended summer concert you went to last year (the one where you half expected to see a tumbleweed blow across the stage)? Yeah. You don’t want to be responsible for creating that atmosphere.
Building excitement around your festival or fair in the months leading up to it is crucial. One of the best ways of doing this is by generating press. Being featured in a newspaper article can help turn your event into a must-attend affair. But how do you get there? Read More
Toronto – May 11, 2016 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced the finalists for a literary award known for discovering and promoting the brightest up-and-coming young writers in Canada.
The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers rewards writers who are under age 35 and unpublished in book form. Alternating each year between poetry and short fiction, the award is given this year to the author of an exceptional short story. The $5,000 award is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in developing artists to help build their professional careers. The winner will be announced on June 8 at an event at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.
It’s pretty stiff competition for charities out there. On top of saving the world, non-profits have to vie for the attention of donors amidst a sea of other worthy causes. How does a person choose an organization to support? Read More
Are you looking for ways to grow your business with content marketing? You’re in good company. The world’s most successful brands use thought-provoking and authoritative content to engage, educate, and influence their audiences.
The good news is, you don’t need a corporate budget to start publishing and seeing the benefits of great content. All you really need is one talented writer. If you don’t have a qualified wordsmith on staff (or the budget to hire one), you’re in luck! There’s more freelance writing talent available to help you than ever before.
Of course, not every situation calls for a professional. But there are times when you should seriously consider enlisting the services of an experienced freelancer. Here are five such occasions. Read More
This year, the grand finale of the Wakefield Writers Festival will be Celebrating Youth Writing! So far, 15 youth have signed up to showcase their work in a chapbook and/or in front of an audience at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche on May 15th. We have volunteered to support these young writers as they prepare for the big event, but the festival needs more mentors! Read More
Last spring, I began editing Ruth Salmon’s collection of stories. Last week, we sat down over a cup of coffee to admire the galley proof and talk about the book, There Are No Coincidences, and its upcoming launch. Read on for our interview, and read further on for an excerpt of the book. Read More
Writing is hard. Very rarely does it flow out of you perfectly formed. Some people may think they can write a perfect first draft, but most of us know a perfect first draft just doesn’t exist—as much as we would love it to. Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to hone your first draft into a powerful piece of writing. Often, this involves cutting out unnecessary words. As you revise, remind yourself that every word must pull its weight; if you suspect a freeloader, let it go. Here are three common areas where unnecessary words tend to congregate. Read More
Literary trivia at the Wakefield Farmers Market was a success! We had great weather, a great turnout, and a healthy amount of competition. The market vendors all contributed to the prize, so the lucky (and very clever) winners took home all sorts of local goodies, including cider, fudge, cherry tomatoes, cards, cookies, soap, honey, and a coupon for a freshly-made crepe with local syrup.
If you weren't able to join us at the market, or if you would like to test your friends and family at your own trivia night, here are our questions. Best of luck! Just let us know if you need the answers. Read More
As a writer, you are a dream weaver. Your most important task is to keep the dream going and to avoid at all costs waking the reader. Think of how easy it is, and how terrible it is, to wake up in the middle of a dream. Think of how much we hate alarm clocks, babies wailing in the apartment next door, sirens in the middle of the night. Good writers will do everything they can to keep their reader submerged in the dream. But how do they do it? Read More
Being your own editor is nearly impossible. Here's why. Read More
Winning the CBC Quebec Writing Competition was a near perfect experience. When I got the email congratulating me for making the shortlist, my mom and I jumped, squealed, and danced in her kitchen. Being in the top ten was enough. I was ecstatic. Read More
Everyone was pretty pumped about trivia at Kaffé 1870 last night! If you missed it, or want to host your own quiz night, here are the questions. We are going to wait for feedback to see when we should host another round. Read More
This post isn't going to be so much instructional as it is a rant. Every good blog needs a rant once in a while.
When I talk about trendy punctuation, I’m not talking about the Oxford Dictionary releasing a text-speak version of their tome. There's certainly a place for colloquialisms, but we’ll deal with that another time. I'm talking about someone up in the cloud deciding punctuation rules for the masses. Read More