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3-Day Novel: Writing comes first

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Yesterday we presented a list of survival tips by former winners. We thought if might be interesting to hear from novices as well—men and women who have...

3-Day Novel: Bleeding at the typewriter

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Yesterday we presented a list of survival tips by former winners. We thought if might be interesting to hear from novices as well—men and women who have...

3-Day Novel: Will write for coffee

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Earlier today we presented a list of survival tips by former winners. We thought if might be interesting to hear from novices as well—men and women...

3-Day Novel: Don't skip the middle step

All week we've been looking into the 3-Day Novel Contest, a decades long tradition that yearly engages writers in a 72-hour sprint towards a completed novel. Earlier today we presented a list of survival tips by former winners. We thought if might be interesting to hear from novices as well—men and women who...

How to write a novel in three days

Every year, on Labour Day weekend, hundreds of men and woman participate in the 3-Day Novel Contest. The goal? Write a complete work of fiction in 72 hours. The prize? Publication by Anvil Press.We thought we would check in with some of the pros, six men and women who have...

Five things Lawrence Hill couldn't live without

For the past three weeks Lawrence Hill has been inspiring us with his original and entertaining writing prompts, providing us with exercises to stretch our writing muscles before the CBC Short Story Competition opens September 1st. We hope you found them as beneficial as we did!We'll be hearing more from Lawrence...

3-Day Novel Contest: Brendan McLeod on the merits of sleep and coffee

Former CBC Creative Nonfiction finalist Brendan McLeod won the 3-Day Novel Contest in 2006 for The Convictions of Leonard McKinley. We talk with him about what it's like to write an award-winning novel in 72 hours. ...

The 3-Day Novel: How Kayt Burgess overcame her anxiety

Kayt Burgess won the 3-Day Novel Contest in 2011 for her story Heidegger Stairwell. She talks with Canada Writes about those caffeine-soaked days and the "hot mess" that became her award-winning book. ...

True or false: Bag piper or belly dancer? by S.B. Borgersen

Susan Borgersen, from Mill Village, Nova Scotia, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe? Is she a fully fledged member of the Strathport Pipes and Drums, or a former belly dancer? Let us know in the comments below!UPDATE:...




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