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Jon Chan Simpson: How I wrote Chinkstar  »

In Jon Chan Simpson's first novel, Chinese rap gangs spin-kick their way through the underworld of Red Deer, Alberta.

Elizabeth Abbott: How I Wrote Dogs & Underdogs  »

In her own words, Elizabeth Abbott talks about her book's fraught beginning and how her five pets inspire her writing.





Eric Siblin: How I Wrote Studio Grace  »

Writer and musician Eric Siblin on writing a book and recording an album the same year.

Marina Endicott on abandoned workouts, stubborn knots and her most lovable character  »

The author spills the beans on her dog-induced writing day, her literary childhood and the joy of untangling the knot this is fiction.





John Farrow: How I wrote The Storm Murders  »

They say, if you're going to write a page-turner, never start with the weather. Turns out John Farrow doesn't respond well to "never."

Debra Komar: How I wrote The Bastard of Fort Stikine  »

The forensic investigator on how she wrote her latest true historical mystery... and cracked a 170-year-old unsolved murder.





Read Sean Cullen's Twitter mystery  »

The renaissance man and Arthur Ellis Award-winning author has published his first-ever Twitter mystery, "The Headless Soprano."

Gail Bowen on the constant process of educating herself  »

The crime writer on the 4,875 pages she has written, and the one reader who broke her heart.

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  • Jon Chan Simpson: How I wrote Chinkstar
  • Elizabeth Abbott: How I Wrote Dogs & Underdogs
  • Eric Siblin: How I Wrote Studio Grace
  • Marina Endicott on abandoned workouts, stubborn knots and her most lovable character
  • John Farrow: How I wrote The Storm Murders
  • Debra Komar: How I wrote The Bastard of Fort Stikine
  • Read Sean Cullen's Twitter mystery
  • Gail Bowen on the constant process of educating herself
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe: How I wrote Daddy Lenin and Other Stories
  • Susan Glickman: How I Wrote Safe as Houses
  • Linwood Barclay on his new challenge
  • Shakespeare Selfie, grades 7-9 category: Meet the winner
  • Shakespeare Selfie, grades 10-12 category: Meet the winner
  • Nick Cutter: How I Wrote The Acolyte
  • Dakota McFadzean: How I wrote Don't Get Eaten By Anything
  • Joy Fielding: What if a woman had written The Corrections
  • Shakespeare Selfie, grades 10-12 category: Shortlist announced
  • Shakespeare Selfie, grades 7-9 category: Shortlist announced
  • Robert Hough: How I wrote The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan
  • Russell Smith on his literary hot tub fantasy
  • Lynn Crosbie on literary doppelgangers and the Stepford curse
  • Dave Carpenter: How I co-wrote The Education of Augie Merasty
  • Shakespeare Selfie challenge: Meet the readers
  • Kenneth Oppel on weird research and amazing readers
  • Andre Alexis: How I wrote Fifteen Dogs
  • D.W. Wilson: How I wrote "Mountain Under Sea"
  • Lori Lansens on canine crushes, tequila and really bad traffic
  • 2015 CBC Short Story Prize: Winner and runners-up
  • Read the entries from the Shakespeare Selfie challenge!
  • 2015 CBC Short Story Prize: "Downriver" by Salina Brydson
  • 2015 CBC Short Story Prize: "Mule Deer" by Kirsten Madsen
  • 2015 CBC Short Story Prize: "Skinned" by Sheri Benning
  • 2015 CBC Short Story Prize: "Uncle Ray's Tattoos" by Tom McMillan
  • 2015 CBC Short Story Prize: "Mountain Under Sea" by D.W. Wilson
  • D.W. Wilson on altered states, gigantic novels and "short short" stories
  • Kirsten Madsen on awkward conversations, underwater novels and exorbitant cheese
  • Salina Brydson on Tolstoy, write-a-thons and "only" minus 25 weather
  • Sheri Benning on Mr. Dressup, poetic solace and 3-ring notebooks
  • Tom McMillan on boy detectives and five bucks of gas
  • Jane Urquhart on fleeting titles and animating spirits
  • Emily Urquhart: How I wrote Beyond the Pale
  • Tuesday, April 7: Quickie Couplet poetry contest
  • Jalal Barzanji on the gift of writing what he wants
  • Robert Currie on the time machine that is poetry
  • Erin Moure on the elation (and stomachache) of poetry
  • A.F. Moritz on the "illiterature" of poetry
  • Karen Solie welcomes robot poets to the CanLit community
  • 2015 CBC Poetry Competition now open!
  • Beth Powning: How I wrote A Measure of Light
  • Lorna Crozier on why she writes with the door closed
  • David McGimpsey on country songs, Oprah and very important intersections
  • Kim Echlin: How I wrote Under the Visible Life
  • Canada Reads contender Kamal Al-Solaylee: How I wrote Intolerable
  • Tomson Highway on Austen envy and dashing leading men
  • Living and blogging with courage: "The Maven of Mayhem"
  • How far can the CBC Literary Prize take you?
  • Susan Juby has a really bad back-up plan
  • Canada Reads contender Raziel Reid: How I wrote When Everything Feels like the Movies
  • Canada Reads contender Thomas King: How I wrote The Inconvenient Indian
  • Alix Hawley: How I wrote All True Not a Lie in It