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The Canadian Writers' Guide
13th edition

Cormack, Paul G.; Shewchuk, Murphy O.
Publisher:  Canadian Authors Association - Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Year Published:  2003   First Published: 
Pages:  554pp   ISBN:  1-55041-740-1
Book Type:  Handbooks/Manuals

Library of Congress Number:  PN161.C22 2003   Dewey:  808'.02
Resource Type:  Book

Over 130 how-to articles on many aspects of writng for publication.

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Table of Contents

1. INSPIRATION
Becoming a Writer
If You Want to Be a Writer
How to Write
New Writer Woes
A Writer's Friend
A Writer's Fear
Traps for the Unwary Writer
How Do You Get Your Ideas?
How the Morning Pages Inspire
Tap Your Innate Creativity
Writer's Block and How to Beat It
Five Ways to Improve Your Chances of Getting Published
The Evolution of the Editing Circle: The E-Circle
Attend Writing Conferences
Mentoring: Learn From Your Peers

2. ACTION & REACTION
The Write Way
The Value of a Freelance Journal
Diversify Your Writing
Why Write a Query Letter?
Prepare Your Manuscript
Ten Self-Editing Tips and Tricks
The Joys of Writing and Rewriting
You Have to Please Yourself
Ten Assignments to Writing for Publication
Strengthen Your Writing
Prune Your Prose
Three Pigs- Builing to Survive
Proofreading: A Necessary Evil!
A Letter from an Editor
Keep Your Editor Happy

3. LOOK AFTER BUSINESS
What is my Writing Worth?
Must We Be Starving Artists?
Get Organized
Make the Most of Down Time
Your Own Clipping Service
Keep It or Toss It?
The Electronic Cottage #1: Setting Up Your Virtual Company
The Electronic Cottage #2: Essential Equipment and Services
Getting Permission for Quoted Material
Applying for Arts Council and Other Grants
Grant Writing: Your Most Persuasive Writing Ever
Get the Tax Breaks!

4. DEVELOP YOUR STYLE
It Ain't What You Say, It's the Way You Say It!
Balancing Your Style
Show 'em Your Style
Work with Sound

5. NONFICTION TECHNIQUES
Writing Personal Essays
Make Every Word Count
Conducting Interview
Get the Picture
Don't Play Film Roulette with Airport Security
Writing as a Balancing Act

6. FICTION TECHNIQUES
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Start Your Story Where the Story Starts
Stories: Lost and Found
Walking into the Shadow
Dialogue Demo
Creating a Believable World
The Map of Charmangea
A Writer as a Time Traveller
Confessions of a Rejected Romance Writer
Developing Character and Conflict in Romantic Fiction
Getting Away with Murder: A short Corse on Mystery Writing
Editing and Selling the "Scientist as Hero" Novel
Science Fiction
Autobiography to Fiction: Getting There from Here
There Is No Such Thing As Altruism!

7. CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS
Reclaiming the Wonder: Writing for Children & Other Intelligent People
Short Fiction for Children: A Ten-Point Checklist
Breaking into Children's Publishing
Writing for the Very Young
Writing Series Fiction for Children
Recent Trends in Picture Books
"Hey, Look at This!" Nonfiction for Children
Naming Fiction's Children
The Writing Process for Children and Beginners

8. POETRY & LYRICS
How to Write Haiky and Senryu
A Villanelle Need Not Be Villainous
Poets in the Slipstream
Editing Your Own Poetry
Submitting Poetry to Periodicals
Beware of Poetry Contests
Teaching Aspiring Poets
Writing Songs
Be Your Own Publicist
Triple Filing for Poets & Lyricists

9. PEOPLE & PLACES PAST
Writing a Biography
Writing a Family History
Writing a Community History

10. NEWSPAPERS & PERIODICALS
Ten Tips When You're Stuck at the Start
Breaking into Newspapers
Writing the Trubute Column
Writing "Slice-of-Life" Columns
Become a Travel Writer
Find a Spot in the Glossies
Market to the Magazines
Write for ht U.S. Market
Tips for Literary magazines

11. BOOKS
Improve Your Book Queries
Prepare a Convincing Book Proposal
How to Negotiate Your Book Contract
Are Literary Agents Essential?
Self-Publishing: A Viable Option?
Tips for Typesetting
Ten Tips for Promoting Your Book
Five Book Promotion Truths
Help! I'm Going to Be on TV!
Surviving Criticism

12. THEATRE, SCREEN & RADIO
Playwriting
Script Formats
A Beginners' Guide to Writing for Radio
The Radio Commentary

13. NO-TRADITIONAL MARKETS
"We Need a Speech …"
Eleven Tricks of the Speechwriter's Trade
Cooking and Writing with Spicy Results
Write Technical Material
An Introduction to Minute-Taking
Proceedings: Have Laptop, Will Travel
What Does an Archivist Do?

14. WORLD WIDE WEB
Protect Yourself While Online
Search Engines Made Easy
Wikipedia: An Online Collaborative Encyclopedia
Running a Nonprofit Website
Five Reasons Why You Need a Website
Write for the Internet
Write an E-Book
Sell Your Writing Using the Internet and E_Mail
E-Mail Submissions That Endear
Cures for the E-Mail Time Sink

15. WRITER'S REFERENCE
The Future of Publishing
Managing Your Rights Through Collective Licensing
Guidelines for Writing Groups
Organizations of Interest to Writers
Awards and Fellowships
Canadian Contests for Writers
Federal and Povincial Grants for Writers
Writing Schools, Workshops and Retreats
Canadian Literary Agents
Contributor's Notes

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