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August 2012 Archives

Canada Re-Writes: 5-Minute Mystery—"Eldorado" by Gail Bowen

To celebrate our first anniversary, we're going back through a year's worth of features, writing tips, stories, and more, to pull out some of our most memorable posts. If you...

Where are they now: Challenge winner Todd Brown

As we approach the first anniversary of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our inaugural "Hall of Famers"—the winners of our first year's worth of writing challenges. Up now, Todd...

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Writers

Some provocative, poignant and—at times—tough-loving writing tips from Canadian authors. ...

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Where are they now: Challenge winner Maggie Panko

As we approach the first anniversary of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our inaugural "Hall of Famers"—the winners of our first year's worth of writing challenges. Next up: Maggie...

Where are they now: Challenge winner Chris Craddock

As we near the first birthday of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our writing challenge "Hall of Famers" from the past year. Seems the winner of our wildly popular...

Where are they now: Challenge winner Crystal Chan

As we approach the first anniversary of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our inaugural "Hall of Famers"—the winners of our first year's worth of writing challenges. Next up: Crystal...

Where are they now: Challenge winner Katrina Johnston

As we approach the first anniversary of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our inaugural "Hall of Famers"—the winners of our first year's worth of writing challenges. Up now: Katrina...

Where are they now: Challenge winner Navin Vaswani

As we approach the first anniversary of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our inaugural "Hall of Famers"—the winners of our first year's worth of writing challenges. Next up: Navin...

Where are they now: Challenge winner Brianne Morgan

As we approach the first anniversary of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our inaugural "Hall of Famers"—the winners of our first year's worth of writing challenges. First up: Brianne...

Literary Triathlon: And the gold medal goes to...

Judge Bruce Dowbiggin has tallied up his scores and awarded the coveted gold medal. Who is Canada's foremost Literary Triathlete?...

Literary Triathlon: Meet the winner

We talk to Nisha Coleman, the winner of the Literary Triathlon, about her greatest challenge in the competition and the one race we've all won....

By Deborah Whelan

Today's Pick of the Day is from Deborah Whelan of Islington, NL. Poetry: Life Running OutOver in a minute, dear, she saysBlue bunnies on her uniformShe holds my hand He vacuums between...

By Ali Bryan

Today's Pick of the Day is from Ali Bryan of Calgary, AB.Poetry: First PlacePlastic motorcycletop of hilltiny pilotandrogynousdirt-dusted cheekshands puffylike half baked doughgripping the handlebars Down hilleyes closedfeet kicked to the...

Coach's Corner: Ron Smith

A writing tip fom B.C. author and sports biographer Ron Smith: write about the passion behind the sport....

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By Paddy Scott

Today's Literary Triathlon Pick of the Day is from Paddy Scott of Trenton, ON.Poetry: Who made me?a question met with universal shrugsbecause some small nameless handis my creatorbroken bent aged...

By Tammy Isfeld-Petrone

Today's Literary Triathlon Pick of the Day is from Tammy Isfeld-Petrone of Port Alberni, British Columbia. Poetry: Zero MississippisMom! Ready?Count how manyMississippis.Set! GO!How many?Seven Mississippis.Count again.Ready? GO!How many?Three Mississippis.Again.Did I beat...

The Literary Triathlon is now closed

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon. Here are some details for those of you who made it to the finish line and are waiting breathlessly...

By Graeme Stewart

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Graeme Stewart of Waterloo, ON.Poetry: Against the ClockTime is running outFeign left, pivot rightReflex or thought?Don’t think, do Time is bountifulMisstep, compensatePush through, freeInto space Time...

Coach's Corner: Cara Hedley

To inspire you as you compete in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon, we're running tips on the art of sports writing all week. Today: how repetition means very different things...

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Coach's Corner: Michael Januska

To inspire you as you compete in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon, we're running tips on the art of sports writing all week. From the author of the soon-to-be-released Grey...

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By Trish Barnes

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Trish Branes of Cranbrook, BC. Poetry: Lucky isAh, to wend our wayin this lifeis how we tend to wishour days would pass.Or, failing this,we yearn for...

By Travis McLean

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Travis McLean of Burnaby, BC. Poetry: The RelayFour becomes three becomes two;I am one, waiting.Her speed comes ferocious,Reaches with an anchor’s weight.The baton dangles listlessly,Fumbles, falls;...

Coach's Corner: Kevin Sylvester

To inspire you as you compete in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon, we're running tips on the art of sports writing all week. From the author of Sports Hall of...

By Donna Fawcett

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Donna Fawcett of St. Marys, ON. Poetry: Air whips at sweat soaked skin.Lungs heave like bellows.Muscles scream with each command to contractThen contract again.Driven; the ribbon...

Coach's Corner: Priscila Uppal

To inspire you as you compete in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon, we're running tips on the art of sports writing all week. From the Canadian Olympic poet-in-residence: colourful characters abound...

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By Jeff George

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Jeff George of Tofino, BC Poetry: How Fast?I travelled lightand I moved fast,from Winnipeg to Georgia Strait then over to Kootenay Lake,while you raced from...

Coach's Corner: Timeri Murari

To inspire you as you compete in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon, we're running tips on the art of sports writing all week. From the bestselling author of Taj and...

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