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Poetry Month writing tip: Jim Johnstone

All through April, we're featuring writing tips from Canadian poets. Today, the former CBC Poetry Prize winner on the value of a good critique.

"Find peers and ask them to edit your work. Feedback can only make you better and learning how to handle and incorporate criticism is crucial for writers in every genre. This sounds obvious, but it can be a difficult hurdle for prospective authors to overcome."

Jim Johnstone won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2008. He's published two books since winning the CBC Poetry Prize: Patternicity and Sunday, the locusts. Jim also runs Cactus Press, a micropress specializing in hand crafted, limited-edition chapbooks..

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