Canadian Women Writers on Writing

Introduction:Need writing tips? Alice Munro, Gail Bowen, Anne Cameron, France Daigle and Judith Fitzgerald have just the wisdom you're looking for to help you get rolling or energize your work in progress. These Canadian women writers each have their own techniques and ideas on the art of writing.

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    Alice Munro

    "Any story that's going to be any good is usually going to change," said Alice Munro in a Paris Review interview on the art of fiction. The short story author, whose works center around her hometown, was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature and the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. Click the link below for more information.

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    Gail Bowen

    "Readers of crime fiction deserve characters with dimension with whom they can empathize and from whom they can gain insight into the business of being human," advises playwright and novelist Gail Bowen in a 2009 Mystery Fanfare interview with David Cole. Bowen has won four Writer-in-Residence positions at Canadian libraries. One of her duties in this position is to mentor local writers. She is currently based at Regina Public Library until May 2014. Click the link below for more information.

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    Anne Cameron

    In a 2002 ABC Book World interview regarding her controversial First Nations oral history project, British Columbian coal miner's daughter Anne Cameron comments, "Daughters of Copper Woman is a gift that was passed to us from some wonderful, gentle, tough and enduring old women. It has been classed as 'fiction' by some but for me it is as true as the Bible is true." A veteran of poetry, children's books, screenplays and short stories, Cameron's personal goals are to restore First Nations language to their stories, encourage children's imagination and empower girls. Click the link below for more information.

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    France Daigle

    Moncton, NB novelist and playwright France Daigle is unique in using a distinctive local dialect as a plot technique. In a 2003 interview with the arts quarterly Maisonneuve, Daigle revealed, "I usually just have a few ideas when I start a book, and they develop as I go along." She also said, "When I write, I write for people I know, for my friends." Click the link below for more information.

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    Judith Fitzgerald

    In an interview with Karen Campbell, Toronto poet and journalist Judith Fitzgerald shared, "It would be immoral or obscenely negligent on my part if I denied my self the privilege of creating poetry." The Canadian Encyclopedia honored Fitzgerald with an entry concerning her life and works and their effects on the nation's culture. Click the link below for more information.




Final Thoughts

Whether you're composing screenplays, short stories, novels, criticism or poetry, Alice Munro, Gail Bowen, Anne Cameron, France Daigle and Judith Fitzgerald each have sage writing advice from their own experiences. Most have video interviews available on YouTube. These active Canadian women writers are all still living at this time, if you'd like to look them up for more insights on the life and craft of writing. Be sure to visit my profile for more writing tips from women writers.


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