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Writing Tips

Canadian authors offer advice to inspire you.

Writing tips from the 2014 Scotiabank Giller finalists  »

The six 2014 finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize share their wisdom on how to write a brilliant book.

Katherena Vermette's "weird profession," and how patience is going to hurt you  »

The 2014 CBC Poetry Prize juror shares some insight on the perils of patience.





Rachel Rose on filling up the emptiness that comes after writing  »

Some inspired advice on filling the well of creativity and the importance of living an inspired life.

Poet Matthew Tierney on the insidious pressure to be successful  »

The 2014 CBC Poetry Prize reader on listening to yourself, loving what you do, and not believing the hype.





Tanis Rideout on building the language of her work (literally)  »

The former winner of the CBC Poetry Prize offers a glimpse of how she sculpts her work from a wall in her office.

Jason Guriel on hoarding and keeping your best lines off Twitter  »

The 2014 CBC Poetry Prize reader on creating a smart but demanding reader whose attention you must grab.





Lorri Neilsen Glenn on bringing a wealth of reading to the page  »

The 2014 CBC Poetry Prize reader on the most important thing a writer must bring to his or her work.

Poet Marilyn Gear Pilling on the treasure trove of the unconscious  »

The 2014 CBC Poetry Prize reader on the importance of reading and respecting the unconscious mind.

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  • Writing tips from the 2014 Scotiabank Giller finalists
  • Katherena Vermette's "weird profession," and how patience is going to hurt you
  • Rachel Rose on filling up the emptiness that comes after writing
  • Poet Matthew Tierney on the insidious pressure to be successful
  • Tanis Rideout on building the language of her work (literally)
  • Jason Guriel on hoarding and keeping your best lines off Twitter
  • Lorri Neilsen Glenn on bringing a wealth of reading to the page
  • Poet Marilyn Gear Pilling on the treasure trove of the unconscious
  • Poet Cyril Dabydeen on finding your craft "close to the bone"
  • Poet Jenna Butler on why you should never write in a vacuum
  • Poet Jordan Abel on why poetry has no boundaries
  • Denise Chong on bringing order to the chaos
  • David Macfarlane on putting the fun in creative nonfiction
  • Author Carolyn Abraham: Show, don't tell
  • Ayelet Tsabari: Why "ordinary" stories matter
  • Trevor Herriot on walking away from the computer
  • Author Christopher Gudgeon on the lies created by writers
  • Cathy Ostlere on finding (and feeling) the strength of your voice
  • Curtis Gillespie on a story's most important bones
  • Shelagh Plunkett on jumping right into the story
  • Taiaiake Alfred on writing with purpose
  • Crime writer Simone St. James: Creating chills in three dimensions
  • Author Howard Shrier: How to raise the stakes in your crime writing
  • Crime writer Lee Lamothe on real-life horrors and breaking the rules of fiction
  • Seán Haldane: In crime writing, it's the little questions that count
  • Crime writer John Brooke: How to build suspense with a bang... or a whisper
  • George R.R. Martin's 'secret weapon' writing tip
  • 5 things you need to know to write better nonfiction
  • Lawrence Hill: 5 ways to become a better writer
  • 100 tips to make you a better writer
  • Seven Tips for Strong Beginnings
  • Seven deadly writing tips
  • Tips for creating lawmakers and lawbreakers
  • 8 Canadian poets on how to make your poetry better
  • Lynne Bowen: Write what you can learn
  • Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail: Exploring cultural and social content in personal stories
  • David Waltner-Toews: Get the facts and create a good story to explain them!
  • Christin Geall: Using the Retrospective Narrator in Nonfiction
  • Myrna Kostash: Outline!
  • Andreas Schroeder: "Creative" doesn't mean making it up
  • Myrl Coulter: Go for the concrete
  • Ted Barris: If it was a dark and stormy night, show me!
  • Monica Meneghetti: The "you" in memoir
  • David Leach: What does it mean now?
  • Julija Sukys: Get up and go somewhere
  • Frieda Wishinsky: Read, and then reread
  • Sara O'Leary: Making it up
  • Richard Thake: Fun writing is fun reading
  • Lisa Dalrymple: No two days are ever the same
  • Carol-Ann Hoyte: Jump-start your poetry motor
  • Jack Wang: How to be a genius
  • Kyo Maclear: Bend words, bend the world
  • Marty Chan: Unexpected images
  • Lena Coakley: One in a thousand
  • Helaine Becker: My Magic Word Grid
  • It's Seusstivus on Canada Writes!
  • Robert Heidbreder: Water words
  • Susan Juby: Sci-fi and the bolognium theory
  • Nina Munteanu: Write from the inside out
  • Matthew J. Trafford: Say no to the naysayers
  • Matthew J. Trafford: Use the news
  • Craig Davidson: Four months, twenty days
  • Lynda Williams: Writing that flies
  • Alison Sinclair: Start with the brick
  • Arthur Slade: Breaking the fantastical ice
  • Steve Stanton: Writing from the subconscious
  • David Nickle: No such thing as "just lunch"
  • Helen Marshall: Write your kink
  • Edward Willett: Creating a strange new world
  • Matthew Hughes: Don't get it right; get it done
  • Margaret Atwood on how she became a sci-fi writer
  • David Annandale: Respect your subgenre
  • Hayden Trenholm: The writer's toolkit
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Writers
  • Coach's Corner: Ron Smith
  • Coach's Corner: Cara Hedley
  • Coach's Corner: Michael Januska
  • Coach's Corner: Kevin Sylvester
  • Coach's Corner: Priscila Uppal
  • Coach's Corner: Timeri Murari
  • Coach's Corner: Roy MacGregor
  • Coach's Corner: Angie Abdou
  • R.J. Harlick: Marching forward
  • Catherine Astolfo: Creating a credible sleuth
  • Michael Blair: Listening to your internal editor
  • Donna Carrick: Making a villain memorable
  • Linwood Barclay: Hook them first, then reel them in
  • Linda Wiken: The wow factor
  • Robert Rotenberg: Call the police--Part 2
  • Anne Emery: Setting as character
  • Ross Pennie: The dynamic duo
  • Lou Allin: Layering the landscape
  • D.J. McIntosh: How to get published
  • Stephen Legault: The master plan
  • Robin Spano: Excavating your novel
  • C.C. Benison: How to beat writer's block
  • Kay Stewart: Three keys to a believable story
  • Barbara Fradkin: Creating an engaging series character
  • Roy Innes: A deadline and a promise
  • Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan: Call the police!
  • Rick Mofina: When bad things happen to good people...
  • Phyllis Smallman: You say "eavesdropping," I say "writing"
  • Eugene Meese: Making secondary characters memorable
  • Debra Purdy Kong: The big scene
  • Eric Wright: Write it, then Google it
  • Susan Calder: Putting the reader at the scene
  • Dave Hugelschaffer: Ask the experts
  • Stephen Gaspar: Writing in the working day
  • Linda Kupecek: The power of the sidekick
  • Giles Blunt: Write first, research later
  • Joy Fielding: A book in a sound bite
  • Sheila Dalton: Creating a unique voice
  • C.B. Forrest: Memorable secondary characters
  • John Moss: Write where you know
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Jim Johnstone
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Evelyn Lau
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Jeramy Dodds
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Priscila Uppal
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Tanis Rideout
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Roo Borson
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Tim Lilburn
  • Poetry Month writing tip: Erin Knight
  • Food writing wisdom from Christine Cushing
  • Canada Reads Top 10 share their writing tips
  • Adam Gopnik: Writing from the inside out
  • Jonathan Goldstein shows no mercy
  • Daniel Kalla: Time and momentum
  • Madeleine Thien: Strangeness and belonging
  • Andrew Pyper: Writer's block? No such thing
  • Feist's writing tip: write for yourself
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  • Stuart McLean: A question of belief
  • From David Hayes:
  • From Molly Peacock:




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