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C.C. Benison takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The award-winning mystery author treats us to some twists and turns in our very own version of 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...

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The CBC Creative nonfiction Prize is now open!

With the launch of the CBC Creative Nonfiction prize, Canada Writes editor Jennifer Warren serves up some truth and inspiration....

Writer to watch: Anusree Roy

GG-winner Judith Thompson wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Anusree Roy as a writer to watch. Read what Anusree has to say about what inspires her to write. "Anusree Roy, who just won a Dora for her play Brothel No. 9, as well as for acting...

Writer to watch: Alison MacLeod

GG-winner Kate Pullinger wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Alison MacLeod as a writer to watch. Read what Alison has to say about what inspires her to write. "I first discovered Alison MacLeod when I read her story The Thaw, set in Cape Breton in the...

The True Winter Tales Challenge is closed

Thanks to all those who participated! We really didn't know what to expect, calling for your True Winter Tales so soon after the short story deadline. But you proved to be up for the challenge, sending in more than 1,000 entries in the 19 days the competition was open. Bravo!!...

Charles Foran takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award for non-fiction submits to our very own 20 questions, courtesy of 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...

Writer to watch: Matthew Hooton

GG-winner Jack Hodgins wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Matthew Hooton as a writer to watch. Read what Matthew has to say about what inspires him to write. "I was impressed with Matthew Hooton's first novel Deloume Road for its sensitive treatment of childhood dangers and...

Donna Morrissey vs. Wayne Johnston: Write by day or write by night?

We've teamed up with The Next Chapter to present The Canada Writes Literary Smackdowns, an essay series in which authors sound off on various writing topics. No writers were injured in the making of this series. Battle Two: Donna Morrissey writes when the sun's up -- and Wayne Johnston works the...

Writer to watch: Zalika Reid-Benta

GG-winner George Elliott Clarke wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Zalika Reid-Benta as a writer to watch. Read what Zalika has to say about what inspires her to write. "Zalika Reid-Benta is prophecy to be fulfilled. She has grown up within the context of an immigrant Caribbean...

Canada Reads Top 10 share their writing tips

Pearls of writing wisdom from some of this year's Top 10 finalists for Canada Reads: Ken Dryden, Margaret MacMillan, Carmen Aguirre, Chester Brown and Ryan Knighton....

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Writer to watch: Laurie Lewis

GG-winner Diane Schoemperlen wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Laurie Lewis as a writer to watch. Read what Laurie has to say about what inspires her to write. "When we hear the phrase 'new and emerging writers,' we tend to think automatically of young people just...

Writer to watch: Bonnie Dunlop

GG-winner Dianne Warren wrote a winter tale for us. She also recommended Bonnie Dunlop as a writer to watch. Read what Bonnie has to say about what inspires her to write. "What I like about Bonnie Dunlop's writing is that she juxtaposes a sense of nostalgia or comfort with some...

Writer to watch : Lee Henderson

GG-winner Greg Hollingshead wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Lee Henderson as a writer to watch. Read what Lee has to say about what inspires him to write. "Lee Henderson has imagination, wit, and brains. He writes like nobody else. He is also very funny, in a...

Sarah Gilbert: Introducing Winter Tales

A note from series editor Sarah Gilbert on our upcoming Winter Tales: short works of wintery fiction by Governor General's Award-winning authors....

Adam Gopnik: Writing from the inside out

The acclaimed New Yorker contributor and judge of our True Winter Tales Challenge on where your best writing should come from... and why writing is a lot like going to the gym....

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Call for submissions - True Winter Tales

Can you smell it in the air? Before long, winter will be here... As delighted - or dejected - as you may be by that statement, you must admit that Canadians feel passionately about the season. You either love it, or you hate it. And whether you were born in...

CBC Short Story Prize now closed!

That's it. It's over. The deadline has passed for you to get your submission in to the CBC Short Story Prize....

Last day to submit to the CBC Short Story Prize

Get cracking, fiction writers! You have until midnight tonight (ET) to send in your entry for the CBC Short Story Prize....