May 15, 2019
Have You Hugged Your Google Sheets Lately? How Spreadsheets Helped Me Create Space for My TraumaBy Chelene Knight
Coffee, walking your dog, getting ready for work, breakfast, more coffee, what you missed on Twitter while you were asleep, what fires to fight on Twitter, what fires to diffuse on Twitter, getting more ...
May 09, 2019
A Letter to Writers Who Are Not Writing (Right Now)By A.H. Reaume
Dear Fellow Writer,My life is paused right now. It stutters like a record in a too-worn groove. Morning comes and then night. I’m able to colour in the basics of my day. I go to work. I write my freelance ...
May 06, 2019
Moving On and Holding On: Writing Picture Books as TherapyBy Naseem Hrab
Is it just me or is closure overrated and nearly impossible to achieve? It sometimes feels like the more you try to shut out painful experiences, the more they wave their hands around and yell, “Look ...
May 01, 2019
On Perfectionism: Stop it Right Now Thank You Very Much*By Chelene Knight
“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 ...
April 25, 2019
What Agents Are Looking For: Interview with Marilyn BidermanBy Sheniz Janmohamed
One afternoon, when I was feeling particularly angsty, I tweeted out to my followers, “How do BIPOC writers get agents?” I received some encouraging responses, as well as some that had me questioning ...
April 17, 2019
Creative LifeBy Carrianne Leung
I was asked to give a keynote address at the launch of the student literary journal, Scarborough Fair at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The theme was “The Creative Life”. As their Writer in ...
April 03, 2019
Small Victories: How to Keep Writing When the Odds Seem Stacked Against YouBy Naseem Hrab
Everyone thinks that once you get a book deal it’s all sunshine and rainbows: a beautiful book, great reviews, book launches! … But it’s not. Getting published often introduces you to a host of ...
March 28, 2019
How Heated Fitness Classes Improved My (Writing) LifeBy Chelene Knight
It’s a given that entrepreneurs are supposed to invest in their business, accumulate assets, and build something bigger than themselves. Writing is what I do, it’s my business. When I started teaching, ...
March 25, 2019
How to Secure a Literary AgentBy Sheniz Janmohamed
With spring just around the corner (we hope), there’s a renewed sense of optimism in the air. Writers are slowly emerging from the depths of their hobbit holes, and some have manuscripts ready to be ...
March 19, 2019
How Twitter Transformed My Writing LifeBy A.H. Reaume
“Ugh, I’m on Twitter and I hate it,” I remember telling a friend and fellow writer at her birthday party last year.The room was full of writers and the conversation had somehow shifted to talk about ...