What is Indigenous Literature?

June 13, 2015 | Cherie Dimaline

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What is Indigenous literature? Joseph Boyden Joanne Arnott Eden Robinson Lee Maracle Maria Campbell Richard Wagamese Daniel Justice Richard Van Camp Gregory Scofield Giles Benaway Thomas King Darrell Dennis Frank Busch Aaron Paquette Basil Johnston This is Indigenous literature. But beyond the heritage of these amazing authors - and there...

7 QUICK TIPS to Consider Before You Start the Long Haul

June 2, 2015 | Cherie Dimaline

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7 QUICK TIPS to Consider Before You Start the Long Haul Or Warnings Before You Write Your Novel If you’re going on a long journey, you’ll need a map. It doesn’t need to have every pit stop, detour, road name and address on it, but it does need to have...

The Pull: Why do we write anyway?

May 16, 2015 | Cherie Dimaline

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The Pull Why do we write anyway? I wrote this in my personal blog last year: “It’s like this; there are times when the day splits along a seam and you fall into a place time doesn't know exists. It’s the opposite of anxiety; a freedom boxed in by the...

The Best Writing Class in the World!

The Best Writing Class in the World! I am aware that there are many worthy writing classes out there, not the least of which are the MFA programs at esteemed universities around the globe. I can think of several programs in Canada that are outstanding right here in Canada, like...

Getting published to get published?

Getting published to get published? You remember that horrible thing that happened when you started looking for a job? When your potential employer asked you “what kind of experience do you have?” Because, you know, you need the experience of the job in order to get the job? Well, I’m...

Buck Up and Edit!

April 1, 2015 | Cherie Dimaline

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Buck Up and Edit! The first time I was seriously edited was after I’d written the manuscript that would become my first published book. So, it’s safe to say that I had no idea what I was in for. I envisioned Fitzgerald-era parties being thrown in my honour and weekends...