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Read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact.

 

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  • Write With Your Heart

    by Carol Ann Cole, about 2 years ago

    Cancer (more than once) helped me make a huge decision to leave corporate Canada and say good bye to my vp title, my "big job at Bell" as I affectionally called it, my big salary and move on to follow my heart.

    I began working on my own as a professional speaker and I began writing my memoir. Writing was something I had always wanted to do and I was sure my life experiences and how I allowed those experiences to influence my life could help others. Thus far I have written four books that are all-me-all-the-time. I am able... Continue reading

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  • Reviving Canadian HistoryS

    by Edward Butts, about 2 years ago

    Through the publication of more than 20 books, I have been telling some of the lesser known, but nonetheless dramatic and important stories from Canadian history. As a student at the University of Waterloo, I did my degree project on Simon Girty, a controversial Loyalist who fought in the Western Theatre of the American Revolutionary War. Girty was greatly and unfairly reviled in American history and lore, and became known as "The White Savage" because of his sympathy for the cause of the Native peoples. Many years after graduating from UW, I had the opportunity to write Simon Girty: Wilderness... Continue reading

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  • Multiple Voices Make Canada Great

    by AJB Johnston, about 2 years ago

    I love the diversity that is reflected in the writers this land produces. West to East, South to North, Canada has writers working in every genre and from every point of view. It is up to all Canadians to keep nourishing those creators with their traditional books and in the new digital world.

    More often than not, it is difficult to discover writers living in regions beyond one's own. That is because ours has become a world increasingly dominated by Top 10 lists — and newspapers and magazines that review books are now rare. Creators living outside Toronto are rarely... Continue reading

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  • I came to Canada many years ago by choice.

    by Cilika Kunovic, about 2 years ago

    I came to Canada many years ago by choice. At first, there were some struggles, but being an optimist I can say that it had been a productive journey.

    Now, after 3 children, 7 grandchildren and soon to be 3 great-grandchildren, I am proud to say that I have had my first book published in 2012 called:

    "A TOUCH OF LIGHT" and the second book "HENRY" in 2014. The second book was printed in August, but in December I received the news that:

    General Store Publishing House is closing down. They printed 100 hundred books for me in August, but... Continue reading

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  • Beyond Paper and Canvas by W. Fraser Sandercombe

    by W. Fraser Sandercombe, about 2 years ago

    When I was eighteen I sold my first short story and my first poems to a small press magazine. That was also the year I sold my first painting. Since then, I’ve had dozens of stories, articles and poems published, along with seven books. I’ve also done paintings and line drawings, also for magazines and book publishers, as well as selling uncountable paintings both privately and through various galleries. Being a writer and an artist in Canada has never been easy. The markets are small and the opportunities are somewhat limited. But it has been an amazing challenge and a... Continue reading

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  • 12 Years Old and Counting

    by Gordon Korman, about 2 years ago

    I was 12 when I wrote my first novel. I wasn't trying to be a writer; I was just trying not to flunk Grade 7 English. It was called THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING AT MACDONALD HALL. It's still in print today, some 40+ years later, and it turned out to be the beginning of a pretty big deal for me. Right now I'm at 90 titles and more on the way.

    But I only stuck with it because the Canadian system helped me out. I was 12 -- other guys were delivering papers, cutting lawns, babysitting, etc. Making spending money,... Continue reading

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  • NewfoundlandI Influences

    by Margaret High, about 2 years ago

    I wasn't aware that I had a gift for writing until I was in my later years.My husband and my friends discovered that I had a talent for writing poetry.

    Friend's would often ask me to write a poem for certain occasiosn which I loved to do and I would personalize it and make it very special.

    Coming from the East coast of Canada,Bell Island Newfoundland had a huge influence on writing poetry. I grew up listening to story telling, music, and singing.

    Friends and family members would often gather in the kitchen and play instruments and sing songs as... Continue reading

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  • How I discovered who I was.

    by Revelle, about 2 years ago

    At the age of 60 I found myself being published by Dundurn Press when they signed me to a contract for my novel I Am Algonquin (2013). It was a story of an Algonquin family unit during the 1300's pre-contact. Taking place in the Ottawa Valley and beyond my research introduced me to the culture of my ancestors and how they survived through times of hunger and warfare. Learning about the legends of that era I was able to weave a story of Historical Fiction that also became a journey of self discovery of who I was and where I... Continue reading

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  • Connecting One-on-one with the Reader

    by Sylvia McNicoll, about 2 years ago

    As a writer of books for young people for close to thirty years, I continue to be amazed at the far-reaching impact of my stories. I have novels published in Australia, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, the U.S and more recently Korea. But it’s not the international success. It’s the one-on-one impact on some of these readers: the young Australian man who wanted my first book, Blueberries and Whipped Cream, as a proposal gift for his future bride; it had been her favourite as a teen. Or the young Canadian woman who read my dog guide story Bringing Up Beauty... Continue reading

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  • Reflections on being a fiction writer for the last thirty-five years

    by Linda Hutsell-Manning, about 2 years ago

    My first book was published in 1981, in the days when correspondence was by phone, fax or mail. Even as late as 2003, my editor sent revisions by mail and I returned revisions by mail. Two striking changes occurred for me after 2000. First, in 2010, when another book was being edited, everything was done online with all correspondence with my editor by email.Secondly, and I didn’t notice this for the first few following years, my income dropped drastically. PLR was less; Access copyright was less; royalties were less. The 2016 TWUC survey on income confirmed that my income had... Continue reading

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