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Banff Centre who's-who: Ian Brown

We talk to writer Ian Brown, chair of The Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program, about candour, confession and writing compelling creative nonfiction....

Helen Humphreys vs. Zsuzsi Gartner: Past or future?

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 Four: What makes for richer writing material: the past or the future? Helen Humphreys triumphs...

Banff Centre who's-who: Victor Dwyer

We talk to writer and Globe and Mail editor Victor Dwyer, a faculty member of Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program, about his approach to teaching (and editing) nonfiction — from Orwell and obliqueness to a pronounced lavender allergy....

The Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge is now closed!

Thank you to all who participated. Our judge JJ Lee will now read your submissions and pick one lucky winner, which we will announce next week. More details will be revealed on Monday.For now, you can read some of the entries we received that were posted on our Facebook page:...

Banff Centre who's-who: Katherine Ashenburg

We talk to writer Katherine Ashenburg, a faculty member of Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program, about the perils and payoffs of creative nonfiction....

Banff Centre residency added to CBC Literary Prizes

Canada Writes is delighted to give you one more reason to enter your work in the CBC Literary Prizes: The Banff Centre has partnered with us to give all first-prize winners a writing residency....

CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize winners: Where do you draw the line?

Last year's first- and second-prize winning stories for the Creative Nonfiction Prize were both vivid stories about family members. We revisit a conversation Canada Writes had last year with writers Gina Leola Woolsey and Leslie Beckmann about how they decided to make their stories public....

JJ Lee: Where do you draw the line?

In honour of the upcoming deadline for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, we're asking writers in the genre about how they distinguish between public and private. Today, Charles Taylor Prize finalist JJ Lee reveals how he dealt with this thorny issue while writing The Measure of a Man....

Carmen Aguirre: Where do you draw the line?

In honour of the upcoming deadline for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, we're asking writers in the genre about how they distinguish between public and private. Today, Canada Reads: True Stories finalist Carmen Aguirre reveals how she grappled with this while writing Something Fierce....

Edible Nonfiction Challenge: And the winner is...

What a delicious few weeks it's been here at Canada Writes! We've been treated to original writing by some of Canada's best food scribes, salivated at our judge Ilana Weitzman's descriptions of memorable food writing in her "Food For Thought" blog series and delighted in your diverse and delicious entries...

Allan Fotheringham takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The man called "Canada's most consistently controversial newspaper columnist" by Time magazine submits to 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...

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Edible Nonfiction Challenge now closed

Thanks to all who kept our bellies full with the tasty slices of life you sent our way! ...