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October 2013 Archives

Seven things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

by Christopher DiRaddoYou’ve proofread your text. Five times already. You take a deep breath before you press “Submit.” Someone out there is going to win this year’s competition and it could be...

Get inspired: Winning stories from last year's CBC Short Story Prize

Tonight is the deadline for the CBC Short Story Prize (at 11:59 PM ET). Have you finished? Or do you need a break to clear your head? We've prepared a series...

Nine mistakes to avoid when submitting to the CBC Literary Prizes

Pouring creative mind and heart into writing an entry for the competition, then making a mistake in the transfer that disqualifies you. It’s like running a marathon, but forgetting...

Read an excerpt from Joseph Boyden's Canada Reads-winning The Orenda

Orenda is an Iroquois word for a spiritual force, not unlike the soul, that resides in every object in the natural world—people, animals, trees, water. It is an apt title...

Literary-themed costumes to inspire you this Halloween

We love to provide you with inspiration—anything to get the creative juices flowing. Halloween is around the corner and it’s one of our favourite events of the year. Who better...

CBC Poetry Prize winner to be celebrated in Toronto

Calling all readers and writers to CBC@IFOA! Canada Writes invites you to join us in Toronto this weekend at the International Festival of Authors.We will be celebrating the 2013 CBC...

Denise Chong explores the loneliness of Chinese immigrants in Lives of the Family

The two-time Governor General’s Literary Award finalist chronicles the lives of three Chinese families who leave their home country and settle in the Ottawa region in Lives of the Family: Stories...

Procrasti-baking with Clockwork Lemon: Stephanie Eddy

When given the choice between reading a novel and a cookbook, Stephanie Eddy will choose the latter. Turning her procrasti-baking into something quite productive, Stephanie of Clockwork Lemon brings her readers...

Awards alumni reflect on their time at The Banff Centre

The pot was pretty sweet even before the latest prize was added, but the writing residency at The Banff Centre definitely put the CBC Literary Prizes over the top. The prize...

Surf's up: Gillian Cornwall on winning Twisting Titles

We caught up with Gillian Cornwall, winner of the Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge, and asked her about her love/hate relationship with Frankenstein and how she came up with her award-winning...

Nick Mount picks winner of Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge

We received over a thousand entries for our latest Twitter Challenge. We were looking for you to paint a scene, in 140 characters or less, that incorporated one or more titles of...

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Young boy's disappearance is the real life inspiration behind “Kicking the Sky”

On July 28, 1977, a young boy from the Azores was trying to make a few extra dollars shining shoes. Surrounded by the strip clubs, bars, and massage parlors of...

Top Tweets in our Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge

Last Thursday, we snuggled up with publishers Cozy Classics to present another #CanadaWrites Twitter Challenge. This time we asked you to have some fun with your favourite books and paint a...

Artifact: Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro’s early introduction to CBC Radio

She published her first short story collection in 1968, and the praise was immediate. Dance of the Happy Shades (McGraw-Hill Ryerson) won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction that...

Thinking outside the book: Three Canadian writers look for new audiences in novel ways

“As writers, we need to figure out how to allow readers into our lives in a way that we control and that is comfortable for us.  A sense of participation...

Around the world in 12 Chapters: Daniel Baylis on Indiegogo

On the eve of turning 30, writer and blogger Daniel Baylis decided he wanted to spend the next year of his life travelling the globe. He promptly quit his job,...

Show and tell: Norman Nawrocki on using music and performance to transform the book tour

Taking a page from the rock-and-roll handbook, writer and musician Norman Nawrocki is treating his latest book tour as a concert tour—complete with couch surfing, theatrics, beers, and groupies. If...

Full circle: Kate Hilton self-publishes for success

She would not take no for an answer. After numerous rejection letters from publishers and agents, Kate Hilton licked her wounds and decided that even if they didn't like her book she’d...

Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge is now closed

And it's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge! ...

Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge

It’s time to have some fun with your favourite books. For today’s Twitter Challenge we are asking you to be creative with well-known works of literature. In 140 characters or less,...

Can lit prof Nick Mount on what makes a classic a classic

For the Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge we asked you to paint a scene incorporating one or more titles of famous novel. Whether it is Catcher in the Rye or Moby Dick, it was all...

Vancouver twins turn literary classics into charming 12-word children's books

Their books have made many of us smile with their adorable needle-felt characters, but we also admire the talent it takes to summarize literary classics in just 12 kid-friendly words!On...

"Gee. What colour is that?": A letter from Auralia Brooke

A few days ago we posted an article What do your bookshelves say about your personality? Are you a curator? A librarian? Perhaps you are an anarchist!We asked our readers to...

Don't fall Into the graveyard: Rob Watson

Have you ever decided to start training for a 10km run? How about a 5km run? Better question, have you ever followed through? Rob has done both and more!Le Blog...

What do your bookshelves say about your personality?

What can we tell about you just by looking at how you arrange your books? Here are some personality types we have discovered by peering into our friends' and families'...

Young editor treks across the country to take pulse of publishing in Canada

You've got to admire her moxie. When 27 year-old Erinne Sevigny decided to pursue a career in publishing, she flew out to Victoria, BC and travelled across the country in...

How well do you know the GG finalists?

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An excerpt of Cataract City by Craig Davidson

This fall on Canada Writes we're bringing you excerpts of new work from emerging and established Canadian Writers. This week is an excerpt of Craig Davidson’s novel Cataract City, one...

How She Met Her Mother: Priscila Uppal comes face to face with the woman who abandoned her as a child

This fall on Canada Writes we're celebrating new writing by bringing you excerpts of new work by Canadian authors. This week, an excerpt of Priscila Uppal’s memoir Projection: Encounters...




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