July 2013 Archives

Photos from Banff: Creative Nonfiction Prize ceremony

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Can writing be taught?

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No one else can write your story

An interview with writer and participant in The Banff Centre's Literary Journalism student program, Shelley Youngblut. Photo credit: Heather Saitz...

Quit taking it personally: surviving feedback on your writing

An interview with writer and participant in Banff's Literary Journalism program, Russell Cobb....

How to survive being edited

Writing is a solitary endeavour—especially when you’re alone in a cabin with just the trees, mountains, and your own thoughts to keep you company. But at some point, if you’re...

Avoid self-indulgence but take naps

Being edited forced author Camilla Gibb to grow up and get professional. Editor Martha Sharpe has to sink into the muck and feel for unseen shapes before she can comment...

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13 places where you can become a better writer

Want to improve your writing skills? No matter where you are in this fine country, you can polish your creative writing in a workshop, at a retreat, or in a...

CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize: And the winner is...

Canada Writes, along with our partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, are happy to announce the winners of the 2013 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize / Prix du récit Radio-Canada....

13 places you can become a better writer: Yukon

BERTON HOUSE You have to have published at least one book to apply for the residency. But you get to stay at Berton House. (As in, Pierre Berton.) Free...

13 places you can become a better writer: Saskatchewan

SAGE HILL You don’t have to commit to a degree. You can do some summer writing with great faculty and lots of sunshine. Writers at all stages in their...

13 places you can become a better writer: Quebec

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY Playwriting! Playwriting! Playwriting! (And other genres, of course.) Plus, you’re in Montreal. We’re kind of biased as the whole Canada Writes team lives in this fabulous city,...

13 places you can become a better writer: Prince Edward Island

UNIVERSITY OF PEI Just because you study writing in PEI doesn’t mean you have to write the next Anne of Green Gables. (Although, that would be just fine.) And...

13 places you can become a better writer: Ontario

HUMBER COLLEGE Humber offers all kinds of programs: workshops, part-time studies, and creative writing by correspondence. And they have an in-house literary agency. ‘Nuff said....

13 places you can become a better writer: Nunavut

WRITING WORKSHOPS: INHABIT MEDIA Nunavut-based publishing company Inhabit Media says they offer writing workshops in English and Inuktitut. You can learn to read and write in Inuktitut as part...

13 places you can become a better writer: Northwest Territories

NORTHWORDS More of a festival than a writing program, but they do offer workshops on writing and publishing. And they have an anthology featuring stories by 17 NWT writers....

13 places you can become a better writer: Nova Scotia

UNIVERSITY OF KING'S COLLEGE Welcome to the very first MFA in creative nonfiction degree in Canada! That’s a whole degree in creative nonfiction, folks. We think that’s pretty cool.)...

13 places you can become a better writer: New Brunswick

UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK Did you know that UNB creative writing alum Craig Davidson’s short story “28 Bones” was made into a French Film De rouille et d’os? That...

13 places you can become a better writer: Manitoba

UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG They have a course called “Shakespeare for Writers,” where you can study the Bard’s techniques and integrate them into your own writing. (Note: This doesn’t mean...

13 places you can become a better writer: British Columbia

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA Judging by the large number of entries we receive from BC to all of our challenges, they put something in the water out there. Whatever it...

13 places you can become a better writer: Alberta

THE BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS What’s not to love about the Banff Centre? You’re in the mountains, you have a cabin, and there is nothing to do but...

13 places you can become a better writer: Newfoundland

MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY Check out their list of past Writers in Residence. Yup, Lisa Moore is on that list. So is Jane Urquhart. And Michael Crummey....

"X" marks the spot

For a first time writer, seeing your precious work crossed out page after page with large "X" can seem daunting. But for writer Jonathan Goldstein it was one of his...

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CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize: Announcing YOUR favourite

You still need to wait until Monday morning to find out who won this year’s CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. But today we’re revealing the one work that you—the public—has chosen....

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Four-letter words and helpless laughter

For a writer, working with an editor can be a challenge. There's the editor who wants you to write it exactly how he would have written it, or the editor...

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100 tips to make you a better writer

Over the last two years, Canada Writes has collected a whole bunch of wonderful writing tips from Canadian poets, novelists, practitioners of creative nonfiction, and writers of children's books. So pick...

Your judges for the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Competition

Last week we presented you with the shortlist for the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Competition, and asked for you to vote for your favourite story.  We’ll be announcing the winner of...

Mo Srivastava on Planet Earth

There are five names on the shortlist for this year's CBC Creative Nonfiction. Before we announce the winner, we want to introduce you to the finalists and their stories. Mo Srivastava talks...

The Gods of Scrabble by Mo Srivastava

In this prize-winning story, Mo Srivastava's visit to the swimming pool leads to an unexpected and unforgettable scrabble game....

Linda Rosenbaum on finding moments of joy in sadness

There are five names on the shortlist for this year's CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Before we announce the winner, we want to introduce you to the finalists and their stories. Linda Rosenbaum...

Wolf Howling at Moon by Linda Rosenbaum

We're publishing the five stories on the shortlist for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. A joyous welcome, an uncertain birthday party, and a diagnosis: Linda Rosenbaum tells the story of...

Jenny Manzer on seeing the world through stories

There are five names on the shortlist for this year's CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Before we announce the winner, we want to introduce you to the finalists and their stories. Jenny Manzer...

The Boy with the Galloping Heart by Jenny Manzer

This week we're publishing the five stories on the shortlist for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Jenny Manzer tells the story of a too-rapid heartbeat, an emergency helicopter ride, and...

This Tongue by Matthew Hooton

This week we're publishing the five stories on the shortlist for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Stones, cobras, and lies: Matthew Hooton takes us on a poetic and serpentine journey...

Icarus by Terri Favro

This week we're publishing the five stories on the shortlist for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. In this story, author Terri Favro looks back at a youthful love affair......

Revealing the shortlist for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

CBC’s Canada Writes—with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre—is pleased to announce today the finalists for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize / Prix du récit Radio-Canada.   The finalists'...

Terri Favro on life after "Icarus"

There are five names on the shortlist for this year's CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Before we announce the winner, we want to introduce you to the finalists and their stories. Terri Favro talks...

Matthew Hooton on snakes, lies, and storytelling

There are five names on the shortlist for this year's CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Before we announce the winner, we want to introduce you to the finalists and their stories. Matthew Hooton...

The ability to shake us up: CNF reader Lorri Neilsen Glenn

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Competition, we're asking the readers what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the...

An authentic voice: CNF reader John Vigna

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Competition, we're asking the readers what it's like to read hundreds of short stories in search of the...

An unusal perspective or epiphany: CNF reader Joan Dixon

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Competition, we are introducing the readers who read hundreds of your stories in search of the best. Joan Dixon...

Summer postcards: Wish you were here

We asked you to tell us how you spent your summer vacations. Here are some of the photos we received that made us jealous and wish we were there. //...

Attention is a finite resource: CNF reader Christopher Shulgan

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Competition, we're introducing the readers who read hundreds of your stories in search of the best. Voracious reader Christopher...