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I’m trying to apply for fellowships (internships) for some magazines to get my foot in the door, but I have no idea how to write my cover letter for these applications! Do you know where I can find some examples of cover letters? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I belong to no writers’ groups or clubs or anything, and I’d like to find someone to do a first read of my finished novel to provide some advice. How can I find someone to read my book? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What is your advice on how to approach the problem of building a credible publishing record and avoiding the ridicule of being featured in a publication of questionable repute? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

When writing a short non-fiction story about someone, is it a bad idea to use the person’s real name? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

How important is it to set aside a completed draft, and for how long? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Can you recommend a really fast, really easy way to stay connected to the writing life when you just can’t carve out even an hour? My friend and I both have toddlers, jobs, partners and aging parents, and we are both writing novels. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What marketing tasks should a writer take on (or not), other than a social media presence, as you say in your post "Marketeers"? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Books and BC Distilled 2017

BC's craft distilling festival inspires me to find books about how and why we drink. more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

I’m wondering what your thoughts are about the role of facts in an essay, both historically and currently, and how much truth matters in an essay. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Who is responsible for marketing a book? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Am I going about writing the wrong way or am I just perverse? I finally got an arts grant to finish my collection, but I'm miserable. I don’t like most of what I write and I stare into space and feel lazy and guilty. Any advice? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Can you recommend a good dictionary and thesaurus? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Is the creative writing workshop a good way to learn to write? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Have you got any tips for a first-timer applying for an arts council writing grant? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Should a poet put up with a poem being edited? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Where does a Boomer start in marketing her self-published books via the internet? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I am a grade nine, philosophizing logophile trapped in a frustrating predicament. My problem is that I take too much time writing my English assignments. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I'm a writer who needs a "regular job" for food and rent. Some of my writing friends say it's better to get any kind of writing job, and others say I should do something completely different. Want to weigh in? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Studies show that early morning is the best time to write, but I am not—repeat, not—a morning person. Any advice? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

How do real writers get serious time to write? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

I submitted three poems to my favourite literary mag. They returned the poems with a standard rejection form, but someone had handwritten “interesting work—do try us again” on the form. Is this for real, or do they say it to everyone, or what?

—Newbie in Niagara Falls

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