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May 2013 Archives

Be clever and make an insightful joke: An interview with Kate Beaton

Canada Writes is talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and graphic novelists on the different techniques, challenges, and advantages of working with both text and drawings.Author Kate Beaton...

Amy Millan's funny bone: Winners of the Broken Social Scene Story Contest

Last week we posted the list of finalists for House of Anansi's Broken Social Scene Story Contest. (And we were thrilled to see so many Canada Writes participants in the list!)...

From Charles Burns to Lina Wertmüller: An interview with Nina Bunjevac

Canada Writes is talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and graphic novelists on the different techniques, challenges, and advantages of working with both text and drawings.Winner of this...

Announcing the winner of Hyperlocal

We asked you to tell us your stories of changing neighbourhoods, and you did. We received hundreds of wonderful stories from across the country which are all featured on our interactive...

Hyperlocal: A winner, an NFB interactive, and the Canada Malting Silos

The NFB's Jennifer Moss talks about making the final interactive story for the winner of Hyperlocal....

Don't get married: An interview with Chester Brown

Canada Writes is talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and graphic novelists on the different techniques, challenges, and advantages of working with both text and drawings.Author Chester Brown talks about...

Caption This Comic: Carl the Illegal Gardener

Looking for inspiration for our comics writing challenge?  Today we received this piece from Stephanie McGrath of Halifax. Find out how to participate in the Caption This Comic Challenge! ...

A point of view and something to say: An interview with Jillian Tamaki

Canada Writes is talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and graphic novelists on the different techniques, challenges, and advantages of working with both text and drawings.Author Jillian Tamaki...

PHOTO GALLERY: Michel Rabagliati's workshop

The author of the graphic novels The Song of Roland and Paul Joins the Scouts takes us on a tour of his work space and talks about the objects that inspire him. ...

Broken Social Scene Story Contest Finalists

A shout out to our writing community across the country:  check out the finalists for House of Anansi's Broken Social Scene Story Contest. See any familiar names?...

The Art of Creating Comics: Caption This Comic Challenge

THE CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who participated. We'll be revealing the finalists during the week of June 10!Over the next three weeks Canada Writes will be looking...

Caption This Comic: Mike Duffy takes a bath

Looking for inspiration for our comics writing challenge?  Yesterday we received this timely piece of social satire by Todd Devonshire of Saskatoon. Find out how to participate in the Caption This Comic...

Hyperlocal: Canada's Choice

Over the last week, you've been voting for your favourite finalist stories from our Hyperlocal competition to help us crown Canada's Choice. Thousands of votes and hundreds of comments later, you have...

Make art: An interview with Seth

Canada Writes is talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and graphic novelists on the different techniques, challenges, and advantages of working with both text and drawings. Cartoonist Seth talks...

Announcing the winners of the Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter Challenge

Last week we looked at characters in crime fiction and gave you the task of presenting us with original descriptions of compelling sleuths and villains. You did not disappoint. During...

Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 4

We'll be announcing the winner of our Lawmakers/Lawbreakers writing challenge on Tuesday, May 21. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our intrepid readers at the Crime Writers...

Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 3

We'll be announcing the winner of our Lawmakers/Lawbreakers writing challenge on Tuesday, May 21. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our intrepid readers at the Crime Writers...

Unhanged Arthur: The Raffle Baby by Ilonka Halsband

This week, we are publishing excerpts from the manuscripts up for this year’s Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Novel.  In this excerpt of The Raffle Baby, Ilonka Halsband introduces us to...

Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 2

We'll be announcing the winner of our Lawmakers/Lawbreakers writing challenge on Tuesday, May 21. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our intrepid readers at the Crime Writers...

Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 1

We received more than a thousand descriptions of sleuths and villains for the Canada Writes Lawmakers/Lawbreakers challenge. A  big thank you to the Crime Writers of Canada and their members Cathy Ace, Peggy Blair, Sean Chercover, Elizabeth...

Unhanged Arthur: Sins Revisited by Coleen Steele

This week, we are publishing excerpts from the manuscripts up for this year’s Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Novel.  In this excerpt of Sins Revisited, Coleen Steele tells the story...

Unhanged Arthur: A Cold Black Tide by William Hall

This week, we are publishing excerpts from the manuscripts up for this year’s Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Novel.  In this excerpt of A Cold Black Tide, William Hall takes...

Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter challenge is now closed

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned to Canada Writes for selections of the top tweets and, of course, to find out who is going to win the challenge....

The marrying kind

Louise Penny on how she came up with the much beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and where she gets her ideas for her villains and their crimes.(This interview has been transcribed...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains: Carl Hiaasen’s panoply of villains

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains: Skink

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains: Dr. Shephard

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains: Ricardo Ramirez

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains: James Moriarty

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains: Sherlock Holmes

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains: Arnold Zeck

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains

We asked crime writer Gail Bowen to share with us some of her favourite sleuths and villains. Here are eight characters (and then some) from the world of crime fiction that keep...

Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter Challenge

And we’re off…You have until 9 p.m. ET (or 6 p.m. PT) to Tweet your character descriptions of credible sleuths and/or memorable villains. You must do it all by using...

Announcing the finalists for Hyperlocal: vote for your favourite!

We asked you to tell us your stories of changing neighbourhoods, and you did. We received hundreds of wonderful stories from across the country, and they're all on our interactive...

Seven deadly writing tips

The Crime Writers of Canada slay us with ways to make your crime and mystery stories killer. 1. Three keys to a believable story"You want your readers to find your story believable...

Seven deadly writing tips: When bad things happen to good people...

The Crime Writers of Canada slay us with ways to make your crime and mystery stories killer. 2. When bad things happen to good people..."Always launch your story with a conflict confronting...

Seven deadly writing tips: A book in a sound bite

The Crime Writers of Canada slay us with ways to make your crime and mystery stories killer. 6. A book in a sound bite"Once you have an idea for a book, you...

Seven deadly writing tips: Ask the experts

The Crime Writers of Canada slay us with ways to make your crime and mystery stories killer. 5. Ask the experts"Good research makes great stories possible. Writers have better access to subject...

Seven deadly writing tips: Putting the reader at the scene

The Crime Writers of Canada slay us with ways to make your crime and mystery stories killer. 3. Putting the reader at the scene"The key is to filter everything through your point...

Seven deadly writing tips: Memorable secondary characters

The Crime Writers of Canada slay us with ways to make your crime and mystery stories killer. 4. Memorable secondary characters"We wait up during the Oscars to see who wins the Best...

Seven deadly writing tips: How to get published

The Crime Writers of Canada slay us with ways to make your crime and mystery stories killer. 7. How to get published"A highly regarded  literary agent once told me that many well...

Tips for creating lawmakers and lawbreakers

Crime writers Catherine Astolfo and Donna Carrick with tips on creating credible sleuths and memorable villains....

Happy Mother's Day from Canada Writes

In advance of this special day, we asked you to send us your #mommymemos....

Send us your #mommymemos

This Sunday is Mother’s Day—and in honour of mothers everywhere we want to hear from you about their ways with words. ...

Studying the skeleton

During the beginning of May, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction. We’ve recruited some of the Crime Writers of Canada to offer us insider advice...

Networking, mentorships, and the psychology of villains

Canada Writes has once again partnered with the Crime Writers of Canada to present a series of mystery, murder and mayhem. As part of the series, we are presenting Q&As with the regional chapters...

Comics series coming soon!

Starting May 21st, Canada Writes will be looking at the art of creating comics. We'll be talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and graphic novelists on the different...

Characters in Crime

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What makes characters tick?

During the beginning of May, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction. We’ve recruited some of the Crime Writers of Canada to offer us insider advice...

Don't forget the parties

Canada Writes has once again partnered with the Crime Writers of Canada to present a series of mystery, murder and mayhem. As part of the series, we are presenting Q&As with the regional chapters...

Three-dimensional criminals

During the beginning of May, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction. We’ve recruited some of the Crime Writers of Canada to offer us insider advice...

Sympathy for the devil

During the beginning of May, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction. We’ve recruited some of the Crime Writers of Canada to offer us insider advice...

Virtual coffee clubs

Canada Writes has once again partnered with the Crime Writers of Canada to present a series of mystery, murder and mayhem. As part of the series, we are presenting Q&As with the regional chapters...

Dueling protagonists

During the beginning of May, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction. We’ve recruited some of the Crime Writers of Canada to offer us insider advice...

Crime goes local

Canada Writes has once again partnered with the Crime Writers of Canada to present a series of mystery, murder and mayhem. As part of the series, we are presenting Q&As with the regional chapters...

Montrose Apartments by Esi Edugyan

The Giller Prize winner on changes to the apartment building where she lived as a young bohemian in Victoria....

Writing crime in the Tor/SO

Canada Writes has once again partnered with the Crime Writers of Canada to present a series of mystery, murder and mayhem. As part of the series, we are presenting Q&As with the regional chapters...

Killing with conviction

During the beginning of May, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction. We’ve recruited some of the Crime Writers of Canada to offer us insider advice...

Characters in Crime

For the next two weeks, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction. The success of books in this genre often hinge upon the creation of a memorable...

The change and the stuff that should stay the same

Shawn Micallef on the loss of messy urbanism amid Toronto's looming skyscrapers.http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11109023-The%20change%20and%20the%20stuff%20that%20should%20stay%20the%20same?offset=2...

Poetry in motion

When Colleen Simard first set eyes on Winnipeg's Arlington Bridge as a child, she thought it was a mountain. ...

Since Cheryl came to town

Andreae Callanan speaks with her visually-impaired neighbour Anne Malone about how she experiences the neighbourhood with her guide dog Cheryl at her side. http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11097749-Since%20Cheryl%20came%20to%20town?offset=7...

CBC Live Chat: Hyperlocal

Watch the replay of our #hyperlocalCBC live chat below. Host Lauren O'Neil (from CBC News Community) spoke with several Canadians who participated in the Hyperlocal project and opened the floor to...

Growing a garden

Mark Leger with a video on the the South End community garden that he helped start more than 10 years ago.  http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11120779-Growing%20a%20garden?offset=1...

Castle Downs wish list

If blogger Jason Lee Norman had his way, his Edmonton neighbourhood would be replete with smooth roads, trees and block parties. http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11108833-Castle%20Downs%20wish%20list?offset=4...

Garden Story

Willow Yamauchi on how the hippie inside of her can't help but dig the communal spirit of her neighbourhood's community garden.  http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11108911-Garden%20Story?offset=4...

Adventures in gastronomy

Trevor Pritchard on how access to good food and drink is possibly the best consequence of high-speed gentrification.http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11107509-Adventures%20in%20gastronomy?offset=5...

Poetry Competition now closed

A big thank you to all the Canadians who took part in this year’s Poetry competition. Now comes the hard part: the waiting…All submissions will now be processed and...

On becoming a destination

Zoey Duncan on how her neighbourhood of Sunalta has attracted the sorts of places worth inputting in your GPS.  http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11095853-On%20becoming%20a%20destination?offset=8...

Demolitions and disappointment

Paul Dechene bemoans the loss of history and architecture in the race for Regina to become more modern. http://hyperlocal.cbc.ca/mediadetail/11095643-Demolitions%20and%20disappointment?offset=9...






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