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August 2013 Archives

3-Day Novel: Writing comes first

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Yesterday we presented a list of survival...

3-Day Novel: Bleeding at the typewriter

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Yesterday we presented a list of survival...

3-Day Novel: Will write for coffee

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Earlier today we presented a list...

3-Day Novel: Don't skip the middle step

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Earlier today we presented a list...

How to write a novel in three days

Every year, on Labour Day weekend, hundreds of men and woman participate in the 3-Day Novel Contest. The goal? Write a complete work of fiction in 72 hours. The prize?...

Five things Lawrence Hill couldn't live without

1) A good chair. I'm too old to sit on the floor, cross legged. Wrote my first published short story sitting on a toilet in an empty apartment in Calgary...

Words and Comfrey by Mary Barnes

Mary Barnes tackles Lawrence Hill's third writing prompt with a story about testing out words while picking comfrey. You still have time to send us your story. In his third and final prompt,...

3-Day Novel Contest: Brendan McLeod on the merits of sleep and coffee

Former CBC Creative Nonfiction finalist Brendan McLeod won the 3-Day Novel Contest in 2006 for The Convictions of Leonard McKinley. We talk with him about what it's like to write an...

The 3-Day Novel: How Kayt Burgess overcame her anxiety

Kayt Burgess won the 3-Day Novel Contest in 2011 for her story Heidegger Stairwell. She talks with Canada Writes about those caffeine-soaked days and the "hot mess" that became her award-winning...

Defusing bombs: Lawrence Hill on descriptive drama

"It’s hard to write a description of somebody doing something and have it clear as well as engaging and interesting." - Lawrence HillFirst it was mastering convincing details, and then...

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The Illusion of Warmth by Kerri McCourt

Kerri McCourt takes Lawrence Hill's third writing challenge and has her character bake a pie for other people to enjoy.Send us your story by 10 am on August 28th for a chance to...

Stirring, Shaking, Sliding by Craig Temple

Craig Temple gives us a different take on defusing explosives in his response to Lawrence Hill's third writing prompt.Send us your story by 10 am on August 28th for a...

Henry's Garden by Nancy de Guerre

Nancy de Guerre gets her hands dirty in her story inspired by this week's writing prompt. What would happen in your story?Write a description of somebody who is all alone, doing something that...

An Unravelling Seamstress by Sharon Gerger

Sharon Gerger's character fights with a seam ripper in her story based on this week's writing prompt. ...

Child Gunner by Patti-Kay Hamilton

Patti-Kay Hamilton, from Fort Smith NWT, sends us this chilling story inspired by this week's writing prompt. ...

All those numbers by @ReadyOwl

Stuck in an elevator as imagined by @ReadyOwl, who we know only by his/her Twitter handle....

Not Delivered by David Burga

David Burga takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge with a story of relationships gone wrong....

Shoes & Yogen Früz by Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall, who made a New Year's resolution to participate in all of Canada Writes' challenges this year, shares her elevator story with us. ...

What people do by Stephanie McGrath

Stephanie McGrath takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge.What would happen in your story? You have until 10 am tomorrow morning to send it to us. Put two people in an elevator. It is stuck...

The Rhinoceros by Matt McTaggart

Have you ever spent time with a stuffed rhinoceros? Matt McTaggart, from Kingston On, tackles Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge.Send us your elevator story. You have until 10 AM on August...

Overheard in the Elevator

Ever had to talk to someone with spinach in their teeth? Carol Anne Shaw takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge.What would happen in your story?Put two people in an elevator. It is...

"Stuck" by Star Spider

Star Spider takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge and shows us what can happen when two people who don't like each other are stuck in an elevator together. What would happen...

Being edited by a poet and other stories by André Alexis

Author Andre Alexis talks about when he learned that "just because a passage is 'well-written' doesn’t mean it belongs."...

True or false: Seeing the most popular girl in Gr. 7 or being kicked in the "nuts"? by Dawn Reddick

Dawn Reddick, from London, ON, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: was she the last one to see...

True or false: An animate painting or a mother takes a week off? by Tina Wayland

Tina Wayland, from Montreal, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: did a painting change the way she saw...

True or false: Shy or never shy? by Raymond Maher

Raymond Maher, from Melville Saskatchewan, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: is he the shy gullible kid who...

Stuck in an elevator? Lawrence Hill on writing your way out

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who sent us their stories! Here are some of our favourites:Stuck by Star SpiderOverheard in the Elevator by Carol Anne ShawThe Rhinoceros by Matt McTaggartWhat People Do...

True or false: Girl bird rescuer or lady roofer? by Chris Galvin Nguyen

Chris Galvin Nguyen, from Montreal, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: did she try to rescue an injured...

True or false: Parrotfish or baby elephant? by Leslie Beckmann

Leslie Beckmann, from North Vancouver, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: did she swim with the parrotfish or...

Playing "True or False" with Lawrence Hill

UPDATE: Want to find out which story was true and which was false? Some of our writers have confessed. Check the stories below.  Girl bird rescuer or lady roofer? by Chris...

True or false: Fighter or prankster? by Rhonda Bulmer

Rhonda Bulmer, from New Brunswick, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: the story of her first fist fight...

True or false: Bag piper or belly dancer? by S.B. Borgersen

Susan Borgersen, from Mill Village, Nova Scotia, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe? Is she a fully...

How to deal with criticism by Andre Alexis

From the archives: Author Andre Alexis talks about how to learn from criticism, the value of honesty, and when a mistake is just a mistake. ...

Imitating other writers, Part 2

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Imitating other writers, Part 1

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