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Writing Tips

Canadian authors offer advice to inspire you.

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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