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George Bowering: How I wrote Mirror on the Floor  »

The Canlit giant reflects on his early days writing his first published novel—from his Beat Generation influences to the phone call that changed everything.

Caroline Adderson: How I wrote Ellen in Pieces  »

Caroline Adderson on the unique challenge she gave herself with her latest book.

Marissa Stapley: How I wrote Mating for Life  »

The first-time novelist on rising up out of the ashes of a book deal gone wrong.

Guillaume Morissette: How I wrote New Tab  »

The Montreal author on his debut novel, second-language inspiration and writing from Facebook.

Adam Sol: How I wrote Complicity  »

The author of Complicity on where his bad poems end up.

Mariko Tamaki: How I wrote This One Summer  »

From Atwood to the Borg—author Mariko Tamaki fills us in on the diverse influences for her latest graphic novel.

Padma Viswanathan: How I Wrote The Ever After of Ashwin Rao  »

A behind-the-scenes look at the novel—from the lofty barn where the author hid from her kids to the Elizabeth Bishop poem that was her morning mantra.

Alexi Zentner: How I wrote The Lobster Kings  »

The author of Touch divulges the unlikely locale for the writing of his Maritime-set sophomore novel.