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Tanis MacDonald: surviving as an “out-of-line” artist in a smaller community

Do you live in a major urban centre? Take this short test. You are giving a reading from your latest book at your local bookstore, and you invite a friend who lives an hour’s travel away. If your friend says instantly, “Awesome, I’ll be there,” chances are you live in a Big City. If your friend says, “What? Come all that way? On the highway?” then you probably live in a smaller city or town and belong to a group I call “out-of-line” artists.

By: Tanis MacDonald

August 2nd, 2018

10:52 am

Filed under: Opinion, Writing Life

Issue Date:September 2018

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“Jaw-dropping” setting for crime-writing workshop on B.C.’s Pender Island

At the inaugural Crime Writing on Pender weekend workshop, running Oct. 12 – 14, up to 12 strangers will gather on B.C.’s Pender Island in a secluded inn built atop a 200-foot cliff, where Arthur Ellis Award–winning crime writer William Deverall will coach them in plotting sinister (fictional) deeds.

By: Ryan Porter

July 25th, 2018

4:32 pm

Filed under: Industry News, Writing Life

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Andrea Dorfman’s message of self-acceptance resonates in the graphic-novel adaptation of her film Flawed

Writer and illustrator Andrea Dorfman ends Flawed, her story of overcoming adolescent awkwardness, with a photo of herself at age 14. “With the wisdom of an older person looking back, I look at that picture now and I just love that girl so much,” Dorfman, 49, says. “As we get older we realize these differences that make us stand out are what make us unique.”


July 5th, 2018

11:43 am

Filed under: Industry News, Writing Life

Issue Date:July 2018

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