On the wall above my desk in Montreal is a photograph taken in February at the Arctic Circle. The print … Continue reading Finding Perspective: Writing in the Dark at Berton House by Shelagh Plunkett
In 2012, a driver pulled up behind me while I was putting a box in the trunk of my car. … Continue reading Healing, One Story at a Time by Licia Canton
I am bad at saying no. As part of a better-late-in-life-than-never self-improvement exercise, I try to turn down extra work—especially the non-paying variety. Continue reading “Saying Yes by Monique Polak”
In the hospitality room at the Hôtel Gouverneurs in Trois-Rivières, you are greeted by two perky volunteers whose first question … Continue reading Gadfly at the Festival by Peter Richardson
It wasn’t reading the classics that convinced me to become a writer. My gateway drug to the world of letters was zines—cheap, photocopied, self-published magazines filled with their authors’ reflections on the world.
Continue reading From the Underground: A Writer’s Life with Zines by Jeff Miller
The Quebec Writers’ Federation hosted its 17th annual gala on November 18, 2015. Author Adam Leith Gollner opened the ceremony with this remarkable meditation on how a writer seesaws between isolation and community, and on what it means to be a writer, right here, right now.
My daughter was born on August 25, 2014, and during the interminable lead-up to her birth I was, like all new parents, subject to a deluge of unsolicited advice, warnings and thinly-veiled threats from family, friends and complete strangers about what I could expect as a new parent. One of the warnings I heard most often was that the time I had for reading was going to be severely curtailed. Continue reading Hello Baby, Bye Bye Books by Mike Steeves
You’ve finished your novel manuscript and you even – finally! – get a publisher. It took ten years. You have Neanderthal muscles across your brow from frowning at the computer screen. But now you’re home-free. Bingo! Then you get the first slew of comments from your editor… Continue reading Bye Bye Darlings: The Editing Gauntlet by Alice Zorn
About a year ago, I was invited to give a talk to some graduate students at Queen’s University about what … Continue reading Busting the Myth of Work-Life Balance by Susan Olding
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. – Albert Camus, Return to Tipasa … Continue reading My Invincible Summer: Rebooting My Writing Purpose by Susan Doherty Hannaford