Lessons from poetry that any kind of writer can use

Poetry has a mixed reputation. It’s often represented as esoteric or elite. Yet popular song lyrics and, even more so, rap rhymes, have made poetry mainstream, relevant and politically urgent. I think poetry is a flexible medium that can convey messages in wildly imaginative ways. If you doubt it, grab a Canadian literary magazine from…
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Five Writing Tips from a Former Journalist

My first career was in journalism. I was a news producer, first for CBC Radio, in Northern Ontario, then for CTV and other TV outlets in Toronto. I worked long hours and wrote scripts daily behind the scenes. I was happy to work anonymously, off-camera, but this didn’t protect me from criticism: radio and TV…
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