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Ashley Little: How I Wrote Anatomy of a Girl Gang  »

The author lets us in on the secrets behind her International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award–longlisted story.

Jennifer Quist: How I wrote Love Letters of the Angels of Death  »

From Legos to K-pop—Jennifer Quist on writing her debut novel, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award.





Blogger "Mama Non Grata" and her family inspiration  »

The award-winning blogger on life as a gay mom in Thunder Bay—and why you should always monitor how your child's loose tooth is doing.

Michael Harris: How I wrote The End of Absence  »

Harris's award-winning book is a timely look at what it's like to be a part of the last generation who will remember life before the Internet.





Crime writer Anthony Bidulka on the perfect stepping-stone: accounting  »

The award-winning crime writer on Kermit the Frog, catered parties and the bliss that is mosquito-free writing.

Blogger Michael Ross: "I like Excel more than most people"  »

When Michael Ross has a question, he doesn't Google it. He makes a chart for his blog Extreme Enginerding.





George Bowering on why "prolific" isn't a compliment  »

An authorial career that stretches half a century. Over 100 published books under his belt. When George Bowering has something to say about writing, we listen up.

Joan Thomas: How I wrote The Opening Sky  »

In her latest novel, Joan Thomas is honing in on the here and now. She describes how it came to be in her own words.

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  • Ashley Little: How I Wrote Anatomy of a Girl Gang
  • Jennifer Quist: How I wrote Love Letters of the Angels of Death
  • Blogger "Mama Non Grata" and her family inspiration
  • Michael Harris: How I wrote The End of Absence
  • Crime writer Anthony Bidulka on the perfect stepping-stone: accounting
  • Blogger Michael Ross: "I like Excel more than most people"
  • George Bowering on why "prolific" isn't a compliment
  • Joan Thomas: How I wrote The Opening Sky
  • Blogger Brenda Dwyer, "This is our farm story"
  • Johanna Skibsrud has no faith in bestseller lists
  • Linden MacIntyre on writing and other pathologies
  • Michael Winter on why he writes sex scenes
  • Naomi Klein: How I wrote This Changes Everything
  • Superblogger Kevin J. Naulls on keeping your "true voice" online
  • Jacqueline Baker: How I wrote The Broken Hours
  • Claire Holden Rothman on the inadequacy of the word "writer"
  • From Scotland with love: Blogger Val Howes on Canada's vibrant culinary culture
  • Russell Wangersky: How I wrote Walt
  • M.G. Vassanji on the sentence that changed his life
  • Stories of Belonging to air on CBC's IDEAS
  • Carrie Snyder: How I wrote Girl Runner
  • Book blogger Karen Ma, the CanLit carnivore
  • Why Rudy Wiebe will never write a funny novel
  • Mireille Silcoff: How I wrote Chez l'arabe
  • Art blogger The Jealous Curator on vanquishing creative block
  • Alison Pick on saying yes to writing and no to everything else
  • Emily St. John Mandel has no idea where she's going... and she's okay with that
  • GG winner Kim Thúy on the zeros she got in creative writing class
  • Michael Crummey: How I wrote Sweetland
  • Frances Itani on hearing voices... and trusting your own
  • George Bowering: How I wrote Mirror on the Floor
  • Pop culture blogger Jen Zoratti, "professional feminist killjoy"
  • Caroline Adderson: How I wrote Ellen in Pieces
  • Raising author Eric McCormack's "Scottish hackles"
  • Camilla Gibb: The toughest thing an editor ever told me
  • Trip to Africa turns industry exec into wildlife photographer and blogger
  • Bringing the modern dad to the blogosphere
  • "We see them at their worst": Gail Bowen on creating strong characters in crime fiction
  • Marissa Stapley: How I wrote Mating for Life
  • Fat Girl Food Squad: Blogging has never tasted so revolutionary
  • Guillaume Morissette: How I wrote New Tab
  • Gender nonconformist and author Ivan Coyote on "writing from the guts"
  • Terry Fallis on feminism, his favourite sandwich and the writer afterlife
  • Adam Sol: How I wrote Complicity
  • Jon Paul Fiorentino on what makes his heart explode
  • Mariko Tamaki: How I wrote This One Summer
  • Blogger Frank Verpaelst: Just call him "Northern reclusive snarky dwarf"
  • "Redneck Mommy" on how blogging saved her life and her sense of humour
  • Heather O'Neill on Montreal's bygone Red Light District
  • Kate Pullinger: How I wrote Landing Gear
  • WATCH: How to create tension
  • Author Bill Gaston on accidental fires and questionable musical influences
  • Padma Viswanathan: How I Wrote The Ever After of Ashwin Rao
  • How to build a successful mystery series
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe on bad scenery and imaginary people
  • WATCH: How to write killer dialogue
  • Dave Whellams: "I don't mind having my villains do the extreme"
  • Cop and crime writer Sean Slater: "Not every person has a good side"
  • Crime writer Michael J. McCann: "Cops are bureaucrats, too!"
  • Five crime writers reveal their secrets for creating suspense


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