Tag: creative writing

  • Time travelling in Winnipeg

    Time travelling in Winnipeg

    All through high school and university, I was desperate for one thing – to leave my home in Winnipeg, Canada, and explore the world. I’d never travelled outside the country, beyond the few American states across the border. But I had neighbours who’d lived all over the world. When I was 22 and on the verge […]

  • Success story – Curlews on Vulture Street

    ‘Plenty is going on between humans and wildlife. This intersection of realms is where I have been dwelling now for several decades; the strange, exhilarating place where people and nature mix, often uneasily, trying to understand what the heck is going on.’ – from the introduction to Curlews on Vulture Street Curlews on Vulture Street: Cities, […]

  • Ep 63 How not to write a memoir with author Bronwyn Birdsall

    Ep 63 How not to write a memoir with author Bronwyn Birdsall

    After contracting glandular fever as a child (aka mono), Bronwyn Birdsall ended up with such bad chronic fatigue, she missed six months of school. This was at a time when there was still significant stigma surrounding the illness. Bronwyn grew up in Sydney. At age 24, she moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked […]

  • On writing and persistence

    In 2017, my manuscript was one of five shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. None of the writers on the list had a book published at the time. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement: I started the creative non-fiction manuscript that became Full of Donkey in 2010. I had my first essay, […]

  • The 13 top writing tips I wish I’d had before I started

    I’ve wanted to be an author since 1989, when I was six years old. I took creative writing workshops in university and college. I churned out novels and stories and possibly the worst poetry in history of English. In my early thirties, I spent five years writing and revising a creative non-fiction book that, despite […]

  • But how does your HUSBAND feel about your memoir?!

    When I started writing, one major thing I had absolutely no idea about was narrative structure. I thought I just had to write a good story – and that’s true, but it was only later that I discovered how essential structure is to good stories. It took me an embarrassing number of years to even realise […]

  • My only resolution for 2022

    Happy New Year! This morning I woke up early and went for a swim, and while the ocean waves slapped me in the face, I resolved to not complain about anything. To be clear, that was my resolution for the day, ie January 1. There’s no way I’m going all year without complaining. Have you […]