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January 2012 Archives

Banff Centre who's-who: Ian Brown

We talk to writer Ian Brown, chair of The Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program, about candour, confession and writing compelling creative nonfiction....

Helen Humphreys vs. Zsuzsi Gartner: Past or future?

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...

Banff Centre who's-who: Victor Dwyer

We talk to writer and Globe and Mail editor Victor Dwyer, a faculty member of Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program, about his approach to teaching (and editing) nonfiction — from Orwell and...

The Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge is now closed!

Thank you to all who participated. Our judge JJ Lee will now read your submissions and pick one lucky winner, which we will announce next week. More details will be...

Announcing the Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge

Do you know who your friends are? As of 10 AM ET today Canada Writes launches a new, 24-hour writing challenge — and it's all about the true stories you choose to...

Banff Centre who's-who: Katherine Ashenburg

We talk to writer Katherine Ashenburg, a faculty member of Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program, about the perils and payoffs of creative nonfiction....

The CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

The February 1st Creative Nonfiction Prize is quickly approaching. Get writing!...

Banff Centre residency added to CBC Literary Prizes

Canada Writes is delighted to give you one more reason to enter your work in the CBC Literary Prizes: The Banff Centre has partnered with us to give all first-prize winners...

CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize winners: Where do you draw the line?

Last year's first- and second-prize winning stories for the Creative Nonfiction Prize were both vivid stories about family members. We revisit a conversation Canada Writes had last year with writers...

JJ Lee: Where do you draw the line?

In honour of the upcoming deadline for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, we're asking writers in the genre about how they distinguish between public and private. Today, Charles Taylor Prize finalist JJ Lee...

Carmen Aguirre: Where do you draw the line?

In honour of the upcoming deadline for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, we're asking writers in the genre about how they distinguish between public and private. Today, Canada Reads: True...

Edible Nonfiction Challenge: And the winner is...

What a delicious few weeks it's been here at Canada Writes! We've been treated to original writing by some of Canada's best food scribes, salivated at our judge Ilana Weitzman's...

Hunter-Gatherer by Crystal Chan

Entry from the winner of our Edible Nonfiction Challenge, Crystal Chan.Hunter-Gathererby Crystal Chan Montreal, QC I was hunter and gatherer in one. I snarled as I pushed the screwdriver in and...

Revealing our ten Edible Nonfiction finalists

Today we reveal the final two names and true food stories of the ten people on our Edible Nonfiction Challenge shortlist.The latest two entries to make the shortlist are Yorkshire...

Yorkshire Puddings and Saran Wrap by Dawn Ruddick

I was reared on TV dinners, and Twinkies. Once, my mom even sent me to school with a cheese sandwich; featuring a Kraft Single, with the plastic wrapper left on. So...

By Tiffany Morris

I've known people who can cook. My roommate would whip up the best soups I've ever eaten, going from sink to chopping board to stove with hummingbird intensity. One soup...

Allan Fotheringham takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The man called "Canada's most consistently controversial newspaper columnist" by Time magazine submits to our very own 20 questions, courtesy of Canadian author Dany Laferrière.About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer...

More from: Laferriere Questionnaire

Cold Curry by Phedra Deonarine

She sits on the rough concrete ground outside her backdoor. The ground is uneven with milkweed growing from the cracks. She bunches her faded purple dress around her knees. Her...

Food for Thought series

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Edible Nonfiction Challenge now closed

Thanks to all who kept our bellies full with the tasty slices of life you sent our way! ...

How I Learned to Cook by Yutaka Dirks

On my meandering journey into adulthood, newly untethered from the comforts of my suburban family home, I ate a lot of garbage. My roommates and I found free meals around...

Perfection in a Shell by Mary Jane Grant

"Make sure the white part is solid," I instructed my grandfather as he placed the egg onto the over-sized silver spoon and lowered it into the simmering water. "But the...

Picky by Jacqueline Valencia

My ten year old has autism spectrum disorder. He needs to feel in control of his surroundings and a regular routine helps him with that. As he's grown older, he's...




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