Writing Tip

Want to take your writing to the next level? Go deep

Elaine McCluskey reminds writers to explore greater depths in their storytelling.

The CBC Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. You could win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts,  have your story published on CBC Books and have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books. Submissions are open until Oct. 31, 2017.

If you need a little inspiration and support as you work on your entry, you can subscribe to the Short Story Prize newsletter. You'll receive three emails each week with writing tips to help you though the process. 

This week's tip is from Elaine McCluskey.

"At some point in a story, go one emotional level deeper, to the point where it almost hurts to write it. Do it by thinking about something powerful that happened to you. That truth can resonate."

Elaine McCluskey is a former journalist who now writes fiction in Dartmouth, N.S. She has published two novels and three short story collections. Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Journey Prize and Fish Anthology in Ireland. Her story "Their Dirty Little Lair" made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Short Story Prize.


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