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How I started writing: Marie Hélène Poitras

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The competition is run by the CBC in partnership with the Quebec Writers' Federation, and is open to unpublished short stories.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

We're starting close to home this week with the very talented Marie Hélène Poitras who works right here in our office. 

She's an editor at Zone d'ecriture, and she's also the author of two novels and several other works. 
 
Her most recent book, Griffintown, was shortlisted this week for the 2013 Prix Littéraire France-Québec.  

We asked her to tell us how she started writing. 

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