Ask Vivek: Recap

This, sadly, is my last post as E-Writer in Residence. It’s been such a gift to connect with you in person at various libraries and events, and online through your writing. I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity to read (and listen) to your words. I am immensely...

Ask Vivek: How do you write about the personal?

This week’s question is about how to write about the personal—specifically, how to write personal narratives based on or including friends and family. Different writers approach this in different ways, but it is something many of us struggle with. In my case, I am often inspired by family and the...

Ask Vivek: How do you deal with rejection?

This week’s question is about dealing with rejection as a writer and artist. When I first started singing Western music, I began signing up for talent contents at shopping malls in Edmonton. Every talent show had multiple rounds (i.e. semi-finals, finals, etc.) with a giant prize. I never made it...

Ask Vivek: How do I write poetry?

This week’s question was about how to write poetry. This is a question that I resonated with a lot. Working on my recent book of poetry, even this page is white, I often felt lost and unsure about what I was writing, and if it qualified as poetry. Given what...

Ask Vivek: How do I make comics?

This week’s question was about comics. I don’t have any experience making comics, so I thought I would interview two comic artists that I really admire: Michael DeForge and Eric Kostiuk Williams. Michael has created several comic books and zines and recently worked on Adventure Time. Eric has created a...

Ask Vivek: How To Write A Novel

Last week, I received a question (thank you!) about how write a novel—where to begin and how to finish. This is a question I asked myself a lot when trying to map out my first novel, She of the Mountains. I think part of my draw to other literary forms...

Ask Vivek: What is your advice for a beginning songwriter?

I recently received a question regarding songwriting (thank you!) and decided to put together a short list of tips that have worked for me over the years as a songwriter. An important part of being a good writer is reading. Similarly, an important part of being a good songwriter is...

Ask Vivek: What is your favourite writing prompt?

Over the years, I have turned to writing prompts especially when I have felt stuck (a.k.a. “writer's block”). Writing prompts are a useful way to ignite the writing muscle, not unlike the ten minutes of stretching you do before hopping on the treadmill or begin lifting weights. I also use...

Meet Vivek -- New E-Writer in Residence for Teens

As far back as I can remember, I have always been creative. I remember making imaginary (and delicious) foods next to my mom while she cooked, and performing puppet shows with my younger brother. The art form I was most drawn to was singing. I sang in the shower, in...

Vivek Shraya - E-Writer in Residence for Teens

September 18, 2016 | Susan

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We are so lucky that the multi-talented Vivek Shraya is the E-Writer in Residence for 2016. She is a writer, musician and filmmaker and will share advice and ideas for young artists on this blog during October and November. And if you've ever wished for someone smart, kind and encouraging...