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January 2013- Archives

The Song That Changed Your Life: Meet the winner

We talk to the winner of The Song That Changed Your Life writing challenge, Lyle Burwell of Ontario, about his winning story, She Whispered....

Meet the reader: Jason Schneider

Jason Schneider is a music journalist and assistant editor at Exclaim! magazine whose obsession with a song led him to co-write a book. He is also one of two readers who read all of the submissions to our "The Song That Changed Your Life" writing challenge and helped select the finalists. ...

Meet the reader: Jane Silcott

Jane Silcott is an essayist, a teacher, and the writer of "odd" poems and "odder" stories. She is also one of two readers who read all of the submissions to our "The Song That Changed Your Life" writing challenge and helped select the finalists. ...

Andrew Kaufman vs. Cathy Marie Buchanan: Is it better to write with or without music?

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 Ten: Does music inspire you while you write? Do you listen to a specific playlist depending on...

Lynne Bowen: Write what you can learn

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail: Exploring cultural and social content in personal stories

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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David Waltner-Toews: Get the facts and create a good story to explain them!

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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Christin Geall: Using the Retrospective Narrator in Nonfiction

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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Myrna Kostash: Outline!

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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CNFC's Myrna Kostash on writing creative nonfiction

Myrna Kostash is the president of the  Creative Nonfiction Collective (CNFC).  She tells us about discovering the "New Journalism" in the 1970s, how she found her voice as a writer, and what prompted her to co-found the CNFC....

Revisiting “The Way Forward”

Last summer Canada Writes presented an original series by some of the country's leading and emerging Aboriginal writers. “The Way Forward” was part of the CBC’s groundbreaking “8th Fire” project and looked into the Indigenous experience from a literary perspective.   The Idle No More movement has brought Aboriginal issues once...

Andreas Schroeder: "Creative" doesn't mean making it up

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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Myrl Coulter: Go for the concrete

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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The Song That Changed Your Life: Meet your judge

We're delighted to introduce you to the judge of our "The Song That Changed Your Life" challenge:  musician and writer Dave Bidini....

Ted Barris: If it was a dark and stormy night, show me!

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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Monica Meneghetti: The "you" in memoir

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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David Leach: What does it mean now?

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. ...

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Julija Sukys: Get up and go somewhere

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition. The first tip is from Montreal-based writer Julija Sukys....

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The music of home by Maria Schamis Turner

Canada Writes editor Maria Schamis Turner kicks off The song that changed your life writing challenge with her piece on the music of her childhood. Tell us about the song or music that changed your life! See the details of the challenge here. ...

New Year's resolutions from some of our favourite Canadian authors

To ring in the New Year, we asked some of our favourite writers from across the country to tell us what their writing resolutions are for 2013....