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

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

 

What do you love best about Canadian culture & creativity?

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  • Canada is the world, Canadians live in that world

    by J.Paul Mutton, over 2 years ago

    To begin with, hockey is not culture, even though I began as a hockey player, in Montreal, with nothing but grade 12 French. I had about 17 seconds to make the team. I was put into the game when a whistle was about to blow. Without that first goal I would not be asked to stay. Who was I supposed to replace? Boom-boom Geoffrion. For those who may not remember, he was credited with perfecting if not inventing "the slap shot."

    I'd like to maintain that nothing has changed since. Except that, since hockey games were policed, it seems that... Continue reading

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  • The gift and burden of belonging to a small creative community

    by Carrie Anne Snyder, over 2 years ago

    I love that Canada has a rich literary tradition. I love that I can live in Canada and be a writer, that my rights are protected, that I don't have to leave the country to pursue my work. I appreciate all the kindness, generosity, support, mentorship, and friendship I've received in my pursuit of a viable career; this includes grants, teaching work, freelance work, the guidance of talented editors, and many connections from strangers who have become friends.

    I love that Canadian culture and creativity exists; I don't love how predictable and grinding its cycle of promotion has become, at... Continue reading

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  • Travel Canada Reveals Canadian Diversity

    by Dreambuilder, over 2 years ago

    I am a travel writer with six trips around Canada under my husband's and mine wheels. Five "RV Canada" books barely scratch the surface of the depth of Canadian culture. Every province and area has their own culture which is ours to discover and share with others who aren't able to experience what we do. When I was a kid people told me I could take myself anywhere I wanted in the world through the pages of a book. Now I am able to do that for others as they travel Canada through the pages of my books. You ask... Continue reading

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  • Still finding my place in the digital world

    by Christine Hart, over 2 years ago

    When I received the invitation from Access Copyright to share my story as a creator, I wanted to dive in. But I set the email aside because I couldn't think of something hopeful or inspiring to say. It wasn't until I received a second invitation that I realized, "Well, that's just my story. I'm struggling."

    I started publishing freelance non-fiction features in my early twenties after I graduated from UVic's pro writing program. I moved on to fiction in my late twenties and my first YA novel was published in 2008. It won a gold medal from the Moonbeam Awards... Continue reading

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  • Bipolar Disorder - My Creativity's Muse

    by Raymond D. Tremblay, over 2 years ago

    My most intimate friends will be the first to confirm that I’m not a musician, a singer, an artist in the traditional sense of the word. However, somehow I’ve become known to be a “creative person” over the past two decades. Yes, despite the fact that I don’t consider myself to be a professional writer, I became somewhat passionate about the art of “creative writing” since 1993. Prior to 1993, I had already published a reasonable number of articles in professional social work journals. But suddenly in the fall of 1993, at the tender age of 49, I felt compelled... Continue reading

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  • Canada from a newcomer's point of view

    by Margriet, over 2 years ago
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    I am a Canadian by choice. As a writer, I had to learn a new language before I could write books again after immigrating here. But I was thrilled to have my first English book published in Canada - a book for children that shows them what it is like to live in the Canadian Rockies. The book, A Mountain Alphabet, became a Canadian bestsellers with over 100,000 copies sold. It is both a children's book about the environment and a coffee table art book featuring a fabulous Canadian painter.

    Now I have been here over 40 years and... Continue reading

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  • My Quintesentials Writing Group.

    by Maureen Foss, over 2 years ago

    We were formed close to thirty years ago as a result of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. There were five of us at those first meetings. We read what we'd written that week and then critiqued the work. It was a matter of trust that built over the years. Along the way we lost a member, Eileen Williston, to breast cancer. We tried others in her place, but were quite happy with just the four of us, and it's been the four of us ever since.

    We wrote, we read, we edited, we had books published. There... Continue reading

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  • PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN POET, ARTIST AND WRITER

    by www.accesscopyright.ca, over 2 years ago

    My name is Eileen Curteis. I am a Sister of Saint Ann living in Victoria, BC. For twenty-seven years I was a teacher, principal and educator and for the last twenty-four years have been in the healing ministry of Reiki both as a teacher and practitioner of it.

    Throughout my fifty-one years, my greatest passion lay in the literary arts. In spite of my busy schedule, I always found time to honour my soul's calling. I have authored eleven books to date along with three professional films and seven CDs. I am presently working on a book that I hope... Continue reading

  • Support for Independent Publishers in Canada

    by shanejoseph, over 2 years ago

    After a successful career in business, which I gave up to pursue writing, I graduated from the Humber School for Writers in 2002 and realized that, at the age of 47, I had arrived at the CanLit party too late. I was too old to be picked up by an agent or a mainstream publisher and too removed from the established literary community. I ended up self-publishing my first novel that was recommended by my mentor at the Humber School to its in-house literary agency, but which wasn’t picked up by that agency. My next two works, a collection of... Continue reading

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  • Crossing Genre Boundaries

    by Sean Arthur Joyce, over 2 years ago

    In a time when crossing gender boundaries and reinventing them is a relevant social issue, the same is true of crossing genre boundaries. I began my writing career as a poet 30 years ago, when the path to recognition as a poet was very limited—a prescribed set of literary journals in what was in Canada a very small literary community. Now with the advent of digital technology, especially affordable High Definition video, poets such as myself are able to branch out, seek new audiences and develop our craft in a way previously unthinkable.

    Let me explain. In 2001, with a... Continue reading

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