Quill and Quire

Writing Life

The number game

I am one of those purists who believe that – wait a minute, shouldn’t that be “believes?” Well, actually no,… Read More »

Pieces of Canada

Alanis Morissette and Al Purdy collide in a classroom in Italy

The hard sell

You thought it was tough getting your book published. And then you met the publicist. She stares down at me… Read More »

Speaking one’s mind

"Miss Swan, your perfectionism is getting in the way of your story-telling,” Hugh MacLennan thundered at me after one of… Read More »

From ridicule to respectability

You’ve come a long way, guy

Hello to arms

I have just completed a year as chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, a year which – due entirely… Read More »

Maybes and might-have-beens

Usage guides published before 1980 or so don’t even mention it, and the authors of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English… Read More »