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 ...
March 11, 2019
Writing and illustrating children’s books: All the surprisesBy Naseem Hrab
The process of writing, illustrating and publishing a children’s book can be filled with surprises—good and bad! For example, I’m always surprised by how much my heart explodes when a friend sends ...
March 05, 2019
An Interview with Ashley ObscuraBy James Lindsay
“What place does the slow-moving technology of love have in our world?” Plainspoken but never simplistic, the writing of Ashley Obscura and her press, Metatron, is emblematic of many of the young ...
February 26, 2019
When All Your Faves Are ProblematicBy Amanda Leduc
Recently, at a dinner with several writer friends, I learned that a writer I’ve long admired has been known to behave rather smarmily around young women. This writer is now on the list of names that ...