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37 Videos for Writers

Looking for advice, wisdom or motivation to keep writing? 

Jessica Cortez has compiled this terrific list of 37 Lectures Every Writer Should Listen to. Check out these video lectures for some tips on writing better, getting published and promoting your craft as much as possible.

Let the advice-to-writers begin with Stephen King:

Additional videos include links to:

And numerous other video gems like:

Grab a coffee and listen up!

Read alot…and live LIFE.



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Two books, two communities

I think the committee of One Book One Burlington (OBOB) must have a really rough time deciding on a single book for all Burlingtonians to enjoy. I just finished reading Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, the 2009 pick. I loved it, but I have talked to other readers who say they’re on the fence. But that’s really the point. Getting people talking is what One Book, One City initiatives are all about.

The 2010 OBOB pick will be announced by Burlington Public Library officials at noon on Saturday, May 1 at Youth Fest in Central Park, Burlington. Check out the OBOB page on Facebook to see if you can guess the book from a few clues (just log in and search for obob burlington).

An even bigger challenge? One Book One Twitter, an initiative of @crowdsourcing. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was chosen today to be the one book that the Twitter community will be reading this summer. Learn more with #1b1t.

Happy reading!


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All I want for Christmas

I don’t know about you, but my Christmas wish list is jam-packed with books. What with a new Margaret Atwood, the Giller short list, and shelves of new and compelling non-fiction, I will have serious eye-strain come the end of January!

Mind you, I still haven’t gotten through the stack of hardcovers I got as gifts last year. It’s not like books go bad, so I will be able to read and re-read them over the decades, but I hate feeling like I’m missing something special.

Many years ago, I got a copy of A.S. Byatt’s Possession for Christmas. Reading that vast, glorious book changed the course of my academic career.

Although it wasn’t a gift, I was similarly entranced by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon when I read it as an impressionable teen. To this day, I listen for women’s voices, or lack of them, when considering our culture’s canon.

Another of my favourites is Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin. That novel took me back to my days at Luther College in Regina, and made me believe that fairy-tale characters walk the corridors of all private schools. I try to read it every September.

What similarly life-changing book awaits me on my “to-read” shelf? Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and Maria Snyder’s newest series could be contenders, along with the most recent P.D. James.

I had better get reading.

I’d love to hear about the books that changed your lives. Restless Writers, chime in!

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful holiday and a productive new year.


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