CBC Literary Prizes·Writing Tip

Are you a writer looking for support and motivation? You should join a writing group

The 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open. To inspire and support you along the way, CBC Books is publishing a writing tip each week.
Writing doesn't have to be a solitary art. (Startup Stock Photos)

The 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize is open for submissions! You can submit your original, unpublished writing up to 2,000 words for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have your work published on CBC Books. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, 2019.

To inspire and support you along the way, we are publishing a writing tip each week on CBC Books. You can also subscribe to our writing tips newsletter for even more tips.

This week's tip is from Julie Birrell.

"Find a good writing group or two or three. Meeting with people regularly to share your writing and your writing life, provides support and motivation (deadlines!) and builds confidence. Learning to take and give feedback on writing allows you to be humble and clinical about your work. Also, there is a unique comfort and camaraderie to be found with a group of like-minded writers that can't be found anywhere else. You can talk about the characters that walk around in your head or the weight of a particular word. It is a space where you can reveal the deep strangeness of your imagination; a writing group makes you feel like a writer, even if the larger outside world has not found you yet."

Julie Birrell teaches, writes and lives in Toronto, where she was born and raised, with her partner and two children. Her story Bleeding Dogs and Baseball Bats made the longlist for the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize.

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