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Books: April 2013 Archives

How I started writing: Alice Petersen

Alice-Petersen-BW--300x375.jpgThe Quebec Writing Competition deadline is May 1st, 2013.  
 
The competition is run by the CBC in partnership with the Quebec Writers' Federation, and is open to unpublished short stories.
 
The winner receives a cash prize of $1500, as well as a broadcast of their story on Cinq à Six, and publication in Maisonneuve Magazine and in an anthology by Vehicule Press

To help give you some inspiration, from now until the deadline, each week we will bring you the story "the moment".
 
The moment when a now-established writer got that initial courage to put the pen to paper or to sit down at the computer, and start to write.
 
The moment when a person knows, without question, that they are meant to be a storyteller.
 
This week, Alice Petersen tells her story.
 
Alice Petersen, a citizen of Canada and New Zealand, has had stories shortlisted for the CBC Literary awards.
 
Her first collection, All the Voices Cry was recently awarded the Quebec Writers' Federation's Concordia University First Book Prize.
 
Alice Petersen lives in the woods near Shawinigan, Quebec, with her husband and two daughters.
 
Listen to her describe how she started writing:
  
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How I started writing: Gillian Sze

gilliansze.jpgThe Quebec Writing Competition deadline is May 1st, 2013.  
 
The competition is run by the CBC in partnership with the Quebec Writers' Federation, and is open to unpublished short stories.
 
The winner receives a cash prize of $1500, as well as a broadcast of their story on Cinq à Six, and publication in Maisonneuve Magazine and in an anthology by Vehicule Press

To help give you some inspiration, from now until the deadline, each week we will bring you the story "the moment".
 
The moment when a now-established writer got that initial courage to put the pen to paper or to sit down at the computer, and start to write.
 
The moment when a person knows, without question, that they are meant to be a storyteller.
 
This week, we hear from Gillian Sze.
 
Gillian is the author of Fish Bones, a collection of poetry which was nominated for the QWF McAuslan Book Prize and longlisted for the ReLit Award for Poetry.
 
She is the winner of the University of Winnipeg's Writer's Circle Prize and the 2011 3Macs carte blanche Prize.  
 
She received an honourable mention in the 2008 Quebec Writing Competition.
 
Listen to Gillian Sze explain how she started writing:  
 
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How I started writing: Dimitri Nasrallah

dimitrinasrallah_blog1.jpgThe Quebec Writing Competition deadline is May 1st, 2013.  
 
The competition is run by the CBC in partnership with the Quebec Writers' Federation, and is open to unpublished short stories.
 
The winner receives a cash prize of $1500, as well as a broadcast of their story on Cinq à Six, and publication in Maisonneuve Magazine and in an anthology by Vehicule Press

To help give you some inspiration, from now until the deadline, each week we will bring you the story "the moment".
 
The moment when a now-established writer got that initial courage to put the pen to paper or to sit down at the computer, and start to write.
 
The moment when a person knows, without question, that they are meant to be a storyteller.
 
This week, we hear from Dimitri Nasrallah
 
He is the author of two novels, Niko and Blackbodying. He has also contributed essays and non-fiction to the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Montreal Gazette, Montreal Review of Books, and Exclaim!.
 
Niko won the 2011 QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Award and was recently longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Award.
 
Deciding to "officially" become a writer took a lot of guts for Dimitri Nasrallah. As the son of a immigrant family, his parents were expecting something more conventional.

Listen to his story:  
 
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