Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Toronto Review of Books

From The Toronto Review of Books

An online quarterly, The Toronto Review of Books covers print and e-books, but also anything else that intrigues our writers. We’ll review websites, art, policy, cloud formations, and everything in between. Books are our inspiration, not our limit.

Our blog, Chirograph, will post updates on Toronto’s exploits. From closet dramas in community centres to outdoor film screenings, from literary festivals to illustration shows, from street parties to opera, Chirograph will be a hub for quick reports on culture of all kinds. Hosted by CBC Radio’s David Michael Lamb, our podcast will bring listeners Toronto talks and panels, our authors reading their TRB articles, and our own speakers series, City WIDEN (Workshops for Interest, Discussion, Exchange, & Novelty).
The TRB aims to combine the miscellany of blogging with the editorial rigour of traditional print media, while embracing both books on paper and new media. We’ve built the website to be a platform for ideas, and perspectives. We’re looking to collaborate, so let us know what you’d like to read about, and what you’d like to write, draw, film, design, or generally articulate.

Monday, September 19, 2011

How to be a good creative writing student: Guest Post by Kevin Chong

If you’re in a creative writing class, you will likely find yourself in a conversation with someone who insists that “writing cannot be taught.” Don’t argue with that person. Don’t talk about Gertrude Stein tutoring Hemingway in Paris, or name the many writers who come from these programs who don’t fit any set mould.

The best thing to do would be to nod agreeably. This person can’t be helped; they live in another reality. In 2011, “Can creative writing can be taught?” is a question that’s about as relevant as “Is nuclear proliferation the best way to peaceably resolve the Cold War?” or “Should I own a refrigerator?” It would be harder for anyone seeking to publish literary writing to avoid a writing workshop than to attend a class run by a university, college, or arts centre.
With this in mind, the question should be “how can I be the best creative writing student I can be?” Well, it depends. Here is some contradictory advice:

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Long Story Short: "Highway" a poem by Laura Lush

A Long Story Short: "Highway" a poem by Laura Lush: A long time ago, when I was going through a particularly difficult time, someone told me, “You need to be one with the road.” When she sai...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It’s writers v. professors in the latest war of words

An interesting Globe and Mail article about the copyright debate: It’s writers v. professors in the latest war of words by KATE TAYLOR  

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Saturday, September 3, 2011

In Eden by David Ferry

From Of no country I know: new and selected poems and translations By David Ferry

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