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November 2011 Archives

C.C. Benison takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The award-winning mystery author treats us to some twists and turns in our very own version of 20 questions, courtesy of Dany Laferrière.About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer Dany Laferrière...

The CBC Creative nonfiction Prize is now open!

With the launch of the CBC Creative Nonfiction prize, Canada Writes editor Jennifer Warren serves up some truth and inspiration....

By Christine Selinger

Everyone has that one day they remember; that one winter day that really stands out amongst the rest.  In late December of 2006 I had flown from my home in...

Writer to watch: Anusree Roy

GG-winner Judith Thompson wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Anusree Roy as a writer to watch. Read what Anusree has to say about what inspires her...

One Winter by Maria McCullagh

In Quebec City, snow begins to fall when the most stubborn leaves are still clinging to branches.  Often as early as mid-November, when it is still officially autumn, we wake...

My Nonna by Carrie Hayes

Picture it...Montreal...1970. I was seven years old and already a seasoned Montreal 'winter' pro. Walking to school atop eight foot snow banks? Check. Spending days being literally snowed-in our house?...

Writer to watch: Alison MacLeod

GG-winner Kate Pullinger wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Alison MacLeod as a writer to watch. Read what Alison has to say about what inspires her...

Out of the Grey by John Woolfrey

I've often heard people say: Montreal comes alive in summer. Maybe they like all the life outside in the streets, but when it gets to thirty degrees and ninety per...

The Pink Mohair Scarf by Deborah Whelan

Between snowflakes that smear the windows like globs of glue, I strain to see what they're doing. They don't know that I'm watching. A few minutes ago, I heard them...

The True Winter Tales Challenge is closed

Thanks to all those who participated! We really didn't know what to expect, calling for your True Winter Tales so soon after the short story deadline. But you proved to...

Charles Foran takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award for non-fiction submits to our very own 20 questions, courtesy of author Dany Laferrière.About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer Dany Laferrière to...

Skating With Owls by Chris McMahen

In the winter of 1974, snowy owls arrived in Victoria.  These brilliant white birds perched on the edges of the emerald green fairways of the Victoria Golf Club.  Snowy owls...

Writer to watch: Matthew Hooton

GG-winner Jack Hodgins wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Matthew Hooton as a writer to watch. Read what Matthew has to say about what inspires him...

Heating Costs by Lisa Woolman

The devil drives a Propane truck. He seemed so friendly in the spring, when he kindly recommended the fixed price program. So, quick as a dipping thermometer, I sold my soul to the propane...

In The Winter of 1939 by Linda Dowhaniuk

When my father was a twelve year old, it fell to him to go on a rescue mission in a blizzard.  His aunt and her six month old baby were...

Donna Morrissey vs. Wayne Johnston: Write by day or write by night?

We've teamed up with The Next Chapter to present The Canada Writes Literary Smackdowns, an essay series in which authors sound off on various writing topics. No writers were injured...

Ice Caves by Kathryn Zdybel

The way I remember it is that mom would tuck me and my sisters into our toques and snowpants and dad would lead us like a troop of ducks down...

When She Takes a Walk by Heather Cromarty

When my Mom's diagnosis finally came I went home as soon as I could. I arrived on Boxing Day. It was a relief to my Dad to have someone in...

Writer to watch: Zalika Reid-Benta

GG-winner George Elliott Clarke wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Zalika Reid-Benta as a writer to watch. Read what Zalika has to say about what inspires...

C Word by Doug Koop

It seems I'm not the only one who doesn't want to be outside this morning judging by the reticent pink smudge on the Manitoba horizon.  The CBC radio goofballs are...

Bay Area Freezers by Mark Paterson

On a cold, grey November day in 1982, a week after my eleventh birthday, I stood at the top of our walk and watched my family's stretch-wrapped belongings get loaded...

Take me Back by Brenda Brooks

I walked out on winter 14 years ago and never looked back. I wanted to run, but those late January Toronto streets were tricky and slick, so I bought a...

Canada Reads Top 10 share their writing tips

Pearls of writing wisdom from some of this year's Top 10 finalists for Canada Reads: Ken Dryden, Margaret MacMillan, Carmen Aguirre, Chester Brown and Ryan Knighton....

More from: Writing Tips

A True Winter Tale by Joanne Underwood

By the end of January, 1955, I'd lived in Bagotville, Quebec for nearly two months and so far all I knew of it was snow and cold.  My Air Force...

Writer to watch: Laurie Lewis

GG-winner Diane Schoemperlen wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Laurie Lewis as a writer to watch. Read what Laurie has to say about what inspires her...

By Stephanie Rideout (Marysvale, NL)

Lying under handmade quilts so heavy, I can't turn over against the weight. Snuggled in with my baby sister and the mattress so old we sink towards the middle in...

By Sheila Peters

December 23, 1980. I'm in the departure lounge at the Vancouver airport waiting for the flight to Smithers, 500 miles due north. I'm terrified. In my arms, wrapped in a...

By Catherine Lodge

Running frantically with coat, parcels, scarves flying in the wind, Jessie made it down to Union Station in a breathless state, just in time to catch the Ontario Northlander. Her...

Snow Piling Up by Erin Renwick

Winter, 1980: We are in Nelson BC, a town on a hill so steep and so constant that you can slip from top to bottom on sleds in winter.  It...

Writer to watch: Bonnie Dunlop

GG-winner Dianne Warren wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Bonnie Dunlop as a writer to watch. Read what Bonnie has to say about what inspires her to...

By Shamima Khan

The snow was like sky sugar. When I stood out in it, arms outstretched, face upturned and staring into the immense whiteness, quietly letting snowflakes pour over my body, I...

Winter Tales

Ten GG winners pen original tales of winter. Read them here....

By Heather Lynn Carr

We skated to school in the winter.  We would don our skates at the front door, tie our shoes together and sling them over our shoulders, and carefully pick our...

Writer to watch : Lee Henderson

GG-winner Greg Hollingshead wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Lee Henderson as a writer to watch. Read what Lee has to say about what inspires him to...

Sarah Gilbert: Introducing Winter Tales

A note from series editor Sarah Gilbert on our upcoming Winter Tales: short works of wintery fiction by Governor General's Award-winning authors....

Adam Gopnik: Writing from the inside out

The acclaimed New Yorker contributor and judge of our True Winter Tales Challenge on where your best writing should come from... and why writing is a lot like going to the gym....

More from: Writing Tips

Call for submissions - True Winter Tales

Can you smell it in the air? Before long, winter will be here... As delighted - or dejected - as you may be by that statement, you must admit that...

CBC Short Story Prize now closed!

That's it. It's over. The deadline has passed for you to get your submission in to the CBC Short Story Prize....

PLEASE READ - CBC SHORT STORY PRIZE

If you contacted us by email between 12:30 p.m. ET. and 3:30 p.m. ET. with any questions about your submission to the CBC Short Story Prize, please email us again....

Last day to submit to the CBC Short Story Prize

Get cracking, fiction writers! You have until midnight tonight (ET) to send in your entry for the CBC Short Story Prize....



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