These are 11 of My Favourite Things

While the site is on hiatus, check out some of my greatest hits

I am in the midst of a combination of vacation and work, and need to put this site on hiatus for a few weeks. When I return, things will have changed — I am working on some cool secret projects, two of which mean BIG changes here at Writing the Wrong Way.

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While you wait, I’ve selected 11 of my favourite posts for you to enjoy. You can also browse my archives and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get a free ebook and notification when the site returns to regular updates (at that time I’ll send you a second cool free ebook, which is one of my secret projects).

My Top 11

1 My Interview with Frank Black from The Pixies

I’ve strayed away from interviews here, with one exception, because otherwise this would just be a list of interviews. (My favourite thing about the site is other people!) But hey, I don’t mean to brag, but like in 2002 for about five minutes Frank Black thought I was cool and thanked me for saying something. Frank Black!

2 My Visit to the set of Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World

Oh wait, you know what was cooler than talking to Frank Black? That time I met Isabella Rossellini and then got scared and ran away. Man, I kind of suck and am cool at the same time.

3 The Haunted House

Ever want to read the first poem I ever wrote? No? Well, never mind then.

4 Write a Lot by Writing on Schedule

The most popular post ever on this site. Elisabeth de Mariaffi liked it, so you should like it! Peer pressure!!!

5 4 Simple Editing Tricks That Are All The Same Trick

I wrote this for my daughter, Jessie Taylor, because she asked me for some editing tips that would help her on her high school exams. And she got, like, an A+ and is the coolest and you should be more like her! She helped me make the cool green mug in the photo up top (it says “VENOM” on the side and has a snake on it).

6 Advice to Graduate Students

Another reader favourite: survival tips for graduate students. I did my PhD in 4 years, and also wrote 5 books in that time, which is maybe your goal?

7 Read 95 Books This Year

Ryan Fitzpatrick and I created the #95books hashtag, which you may have seen, and anyway here are my tips on how writers (and less deviant dudes and dudettes) can read more.

8 Don’t Attribute Dialogue

A reader non-favourite. Lots of people think I am the devil for writing this. I’m not the devil though! I just wish I was.

9 How I Wrote Clockfire

My favourite post about the idea development part of the creative process, using my favourite of my own books, Clockfire as an example.

10 Introduction to Why Poetry Sucks

Ryan Fitzpatrick and I co-wrote this lengthy and hopefully not too dry introduction to our anthology Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Poetry.

11 Introduction to Tony Burgess’s The Bewdley Mayhem

I say it all the time: Tony Burgess is the best writer in Canada, and you probably never heard of him. One day, I will write a book about this dude. In the meantime, here’s an introduction to his three-book omnibus edition.

By the time you read all that, I’ll be back in the saddle of evil! Later, gators.

I will be a panelist at a CV2 symposium concerning the importance of Canadian literary magazines. I am on the second panel at 4:00, but come early (at 2:30) for the first panel (I’ll be in the audience for that one).

Speakers:
Jonathan Ball
Clarise Foster
Ray Hsu Maurice Mierau
Ken Norris
Jennifer Still
& More

 

1st Panel (2:30 – 3:45 p.m.)

40 years and still counting: the importance of CV2 and Canadian literary magazines.

In 1975, when CV2 was established in Winnipeg, Canadian literary magazines had a very important role in promoting new creative writing and new creative writing, but in the past 40 years the literary landscape has changed. This panel will discuss the traditional role of literary magazines in the Canadian literary landscape and how the rise of independent literary presses has changed that role over the past forty years and what this has meant for writers. This development has not only changed what literary magazines do but also how they do it. Issues of cultural exclusivity, literary innovation and other concerns will be discussed. A key focus of this panel will be why literary magazines are still important to the promotion and support of new writing and new writers.

 

Break (3:45 – 4:00 p.m.)

 

2nd Panel (4:00 – 5:15 p.m.)

Moving forward-the next 40 years

The expectations of literary publishing have change tremendously over the past few years—new technologies—new ways of looking at poetry and over genres—what does this mean for the future of writing—for literary publishers and magazines like CV2 and where might we all be going. Panel will discuss digital publishing, self-publishing, on-line publishing, collaboration as well as new and divergent styles and forms of writing and genre, what they mean for writers and publishing. Discussion will also discuss concerns over diversity, social media and other challenges that writers and literary publishing face in the future.

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Event: CV2: A Putting Down of Roots Symposium
Sponsor: CV2
Venue: Room 2M70, The University of Winnipeg
Location: 515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
Canada

Excited to read as part of CV2‘s 40th anniversary celebrations! My first professionally published poems appeared in CV2 so it means a lot to me. Come out and support this wonderful literary journal!

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: CV2 40th Anniversary Launch
Sponsor: CV2
Venue: McNally Robinson -- Atrium
Location: 1120 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
Canada

Call for CCWWP Proposals!

I am on the board of CCWWP (Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs) and so here is the call for proposals for our next conference!

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Be a Part of Our Conference

Submit your proposal by November 2, 2015

In 2016 CCWWP’s conference programming will be part of a 4-day, multi-organization super-conference held at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The inaugural Canadian Writers’ Summit (June 15-19, 2016) offers CCWWP participants the opportunity to engage in collaborative intellectual and creative exchanges with other writers and teachers; to explore new issues and topics in research, craft, pedagogy, and the writing life; and to discuss the teaching and learning of creative writing in universities, colleges, and communities.

CCWWP is currently seeking proposals for panel discussions, forums, readings, presentations, and papers, about:

  • the art of writing
  • the pedagogy of teaching writing
  • the business of writing and publishing
  • educational and community programs for writers
  • elements of craft and criticism

CCWWP invites dynamic and innovative approaches to presentations and welcomes moderated panel proposals and/or individual paper proposals that employ critical and creative strategies and forms. Multi-media and collaborative presentations are encouraged.

For more information about our call for proposals, click here.
To submit your proposal, click here.

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The wonderful Evan Munday drew me a picture of 1990s Henry Rollins beating up 1990s Stephen Harper — just in time for the longest election in history! Thanks, Evan!!!

I love everything about this song, especially the trip down memory lane. I learned all of my French from those skeletons.

Angie Abdou on Research for Fiction Writers

Angie Abdou is the author of four books of fiction, including 2011 Canada Reads finalist The Bone Cage (NeWest, 2007). Her most recent novel, Between (Arsenal Pulp, 2014) is about working mothers, Filipina nannies, and swinger resorts. She lives in the Crowsnest Pass and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

Photo Credit: Mark Raynes Robert