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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The competition is run by the CBC in partnership with the Quebec Writers' Federation, and is open to unpublished short stories.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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