Igniting Used Matches

Digesting the Web: Lesson Learned Look through all your old diaries, journals, photo albums, text messages, and letters. The Hilt online magazine is looking for non-fiction poetry, short stories, and essays for their upcoming issue . . .

Cooling Down a Heated Start


“WARNING! HEAT ALERT!” With the cool days seemingly coming to an end, everyone will have to find ways to cool down. Some believe that training the mind can help cool down the body, so let’s train our mind with plenty of writing exercises, contests, and presentations by authors and other professional writers . . .

Shorter than the Average Word-Guru

Canada’s Got Talent: 2014 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest Ready to put your writing alongside that of Canada’s greats? Quattro Books is accepting submissions from Canadian writers new and old, between 20,000 and 40,000 words. These “post-national literature” seekers are ONLY looking for literary fiction, no genre fiction (i.e . . .

A Trip-Strip Snacktime

Frames of Writing: Toronto Comic Arts Festival It’s that time of the year again. TCAF will be starting Friday evening and running through the weekend with graphic novels and artistry in hand. For all readers that haven’t yet experienced the thrill of meeting your favourite artist or writer should attend . . .

Inside a Crystal Rotunda

Casual Conferences: A Guide to Self-Publishing (Rush Order) No stress, no formality, just gain further knowledge in the ever-changing world of self-publishing. Like past events that dealt with self-publishing, bring a notepad and pencil (not to mention a flurry of questions) to be brought to the table . . .

Publishing in Full Bloom

Canada’s Got Soul: Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest Don’t stop your pens! Well, stop your writing for just a moment to read that you have a chance to be on the elusive winding-road to becoming a published writer . . .

Curbing into the Checkered Flag

Poetic Gathering: Impossible Arts: Sound Poets Circle Impossible Arts is a Toronto-based non-profit organization that supports the artistic and leadership abilities of everyone that they come into contact with. They are now holding a spoken word, hip-hop, and performance poetry workshop for youth ages 16-29 . . .

The Creative Science


It’s All About Perspective: Good Stories About Bad Men Author and freelance writer Nate Hendley will be discussing, in detail, the true stories of villains in Canadian history. From the Donnelly family—accounted for murder and robbery on numerous counts—to the Toronto Bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd, Hendley will teach you not only a history lesson, but will inadvertently show you the true characterization of antagonists in stories . . .