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Edem Awumey takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The author of Dirty Feet answers our very own 20 questions, courtesy of Canadian author Dany Laferrière. About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer Dany Laferrière to reinterpret the Proust Questionnaire for the 21st century. He put together 20 questions that shine a light on who we really are, both as...

Wade Davis takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

With his latest book, Into the Silence, hot off the presses, Canada's adventurer extraordinaire tackles our own 20 questions, courtesy of Dany Laferrière.About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer Dany Laferrière to reinterpret the Proust Questionnaire for the 21st century. He put together 20 questions that shine a light on who...

Kate Cassaday: Not in those words

Gail Vaz-Oxlade's editor puts in her two cents on working with Canada's most hard-hitting financial guru....

Gail Vaz-Oxlade: You want me to do what?

Canada's financial guru, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, is known for her tough talk. In her editor, Kate Cassaday, she's finally met her match....

Lynn Coady on writing like a dude

Lynn Coady's fifth book, The Antagonist, is told through a series of angry emails from the main character, a hulking former hockey player with a sensitive side, to an old friend who has borrowed the details of his colourful life story for a book. We talk to Lynn about the thorny...

Carmine Starnino: The power of a light touch

The editor of Richard Greene's GG Award-winning book of poems, Boxing the Compass, on the importance of not mucking around too much....

Richard Greene: Striking gold in the kitchen sink

The Governor General's Award-winning poet pays tribute to his editor, Carmine Starnino, and the art of distilling a lifetime of poetry into one acclaimed volume....

Madeleine Thien: Strangeness and belonging

A powerful and poetic writing tip from the author of Dogs at the Perimeter....

More from: Writing Tips

Autobiography Challenge: We have a winner!

And the iPad 2 goes to... Brianne Morgan of Fonthill, Ontario! Read what both Brianne and our judge, Kirstie McLellan Day, have to say about the whole thrilling Canada Writes Autobiography Challenge experience.  ...

Martha Sharpe: Every book needs a good nap

The former head of House of Anansi divulges her secret weapon in the demanding work of editing literary fiction. Hint: it may involve an afghan....

Michael Winter on how he won the CBC Short Story Prize

In 2004, Michael Winter was about to mail his short story entry to the CBC Literary Prizes when he realized it was double the permitted length. What followed was an award-winning edit—and a valuable lesson on the importance of brevity. In his own words, Michael describes the experience....

Autobiography Challenge: The top five

Ladies and gentlemen, announcing the shortlist for the Canada Writes autobiography challenge!...

Editor's Note

When you wear a great suit, how much of its greatness is in the fabric, and how much is in the tailoring? A writerly version of this question has been informing many of the features we've been running so far on Canada Writes by the country's leading writers and editors. ...

Dr. Brian Goldman: Private lives, public stories

The host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art on the delicate balancing act between compelling storytelling and a particularly crucial component of the Hippocratic Oath: confidentiality....

Autobiography Challenge: Announcing the Top 10

Drum roll please... We received more than 400 submissions to the Canada Writes Autobiography Challenge. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and great sense of humour! ...

Alayna Munce: The Editing Conversation

For this poetry editor at Brick Books - herself a bestselling writer - the best editing happens in the glow of a good conversation.  ...

Timothy Taylor: Why novels still matter

By John BurnsVancouver's Timothy Taylor - author of a collection of stories (featuring three Journey Prize recipients), three novels, and a iPad's worth of journalism for enRoute, the Globe and Mail and more - sheds light on his writing process, his favourite authors and his ongoing obsession with teasing out the truth....

Andrew Pyper: Writer's block? No such thing

Novelist Andrew Pyper on the myth of writer's block....

More from: Writing Tips

Anita Rau Badami markets her own (fake) autobiography

As part of the first writing challenge we ever held on CBC's Canada Writes, we asked famous writers to craft the back-cover blurb for their own autobiography. Here's acclaimed author Anita Rau Badami's surprising contribution....

CBC Short Story Prize now open!!

Summer may not yet be over, but one of the first sure signs of fall is the launch of the CBC Literary Prizes. It's almost like going back to school. Time to get out those pencils (or laptops), dust off that old draft, and get cracking... ...



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