Writing prompts can get the creative juices flowing, ease writer’s block, and take your work on a path you never expected. Find out all you ever wanted to know about prompts and why they work, and get a great list of places to find them!
Freelance writing sounds like a good gig, right? Getting paid for your work. That’s got to feel good. But freelance writing is no easy ride. Your professionalism will determine you client relations, so you may want to read up on advice on succeeding as a professional writer.
Ever ask yourself: why do people hate creative writing programs so much? Is writing inherently elitist? Are writers ashamed of being writers? Is contemporary fiction really so mediocre?
Mark McGurl is the author of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, which won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism has a great article online that answers these very questions. Click the link to read more.
Writers are always asking the golden question: How do I get published? Author Tara K. Harper gives us a 39 step checklist to lay out the steps most people go through to get an agent, get an editor, and get published. Click below to read
The Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction has sweetened the prize pot and is now awarding their yearly winner $60,000. This tops the famous Giller Prize which delivers $50,000 annually to their winner. Click to read more about this exciting news!
Writing humour is another level of genius, and this year, our hat is tipped for Trevor Cole who won the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Check out his interview with CBC Books on the art of writing funny.
The Writers Union of Canada announced the five nominees for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The yearly award is given to a debut short story collection. Congrats and good luck to the nominees!