The creative negotiation is more nuanced than simply “feeling bad” about neglecting your personal projects; it’s more like the difference between making a meal for someone you love and making a meal for yourself. You might labour over the ingredients, recipe, plating, and all the other things that make a meal great if it’s for someone you care about, but when it comes to making yourself lunch for work or dinner after a busy day, you might hold back.
There is nothing quite like losing your phone on the cusp of a busy weekend. I went into gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival as a phone-less member of the marketing committee – go figure. Admittedly, I was not quite without a phone; I managed to borrow one for the festival. I don’t think I […]
Happy #BellLetsTalk day. While we’re talking, I hope that we can look at this day as a challenge to listen. Literature, in so many ways, offers us the chance to peer into experiences different from our own, thoughtfully, at our own pace, and in ways that don’t impose on the life of another person. When […]
Last Tuesday, I attended a conversational event that featured the award-winning Canadian author, Lawrence Hill. The event was hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and was moderated by the third-reader of my Master’s Thesis, Dr. Daniel Coleman. This event, “In Conversation with Lawrence Hill,” is not the first time I’ve seen either of these […]
By: Elizabeth DiEmanuele and Julia Empey No matter how much you edit, we have news for you: there will be mistakes. In fact, chances are, even with careful editing, you’re going to miss something. Why? We’re always too close to our own work. The general rule of thumb for editing is to take a day […]
By: Elizabeth DiEmanuele and Julia Empey Julia: I didn’t think I was the most organized person until I was in my first year. Suddenly, I had five essays due within the span of two weeks and they were all a minimum of 10 pages long. Having 50 pages due along with literally hundreds of pages […]
I recently spoke with my uncle about our creative writing processes. My uncle was a famous director and writer of horror films back in the 70s and 80s, and even went on to do a few television shows in the 90s (including Goosebumps). Out of all the people in my life, he is the one […]
By: Elizabeth DiEmanuele and Julia Empey Many educators attempt to teach students how to write a thesis statement and suck at it. Why? Well, here’s a few reasons: They tell students to be objective They end up stating the obvious They’re too general They don’t explain why something is important The problem with this advice […]
By: Elizabeth DiEmanuele and Julia Empey The two of us experienced the same problem when we were teaching writing: students knew what the point of the course was, but what they didn’t know was that academic writing is about articulating what you are passionate about in a meaningful, thoughtful way. Before we keep going, keep […]
By: Elizabeth DiEmanuele and Julia Empey
Anyone who has ever written anything – in academia or elsewhere – knows that writing can be challenging and overwhelming. To pull from Bob Ross, talent for writing is a pursued interest. Quite simply, practice leads to improvement and success.