Thursday, May 28, 2009

QUOTE - MAY 28, 2009

Each time we sit down to write we have to be willing to let go and enter something bigger than ourselves.

Natalie Goldberg
From Long Quiet Highway

Don’t chastise yourself as you are writing. Be gentle with yourself.

Natalie Goldberg

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Memoir (and) Prize for Memoir in Prose, Poetry, or Graphic
Deadline: August 15, 2009

QUOTES - MAY 27, 2009

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." – Alexander Graham Bell

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.

Natalie Goldberg
From Wild Mind

Thursday, May 21, 2009

QUOTE, MAY 21, 2009

Trust your own mind.

Natalie Goldberg

From Long Quiet Highway

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

QUOTE - MAY 19, 2009

Our job is to write, to not look up from our notebook and wonder how much money Norman Mailer makes.

Natalie Goldberg

From Long Quiet Highway

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

QUOTE - MAY 14, 2009

Real writing comes from the whole body.

Natalie Goldberg
From Wild Mind

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

QUOTE - MAY 13, 2009

Anything you do deeply is lonely.

Natalie Goldberg

From Thunder and Lightening

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

QUOTE - MAY 12, 2009

Our voice emerges when we’re jolted, loosened, connected to ourselves in a way that’s bigger than ourselves.

Natalie Goldberg
From Thunder and Lightening

Esquire Fiction Contest

This contest is open to all, and the winning story will be published in a future issue of the magazine (as well as here, the new online home of Esquire fiction).

We encourage you to enter, but you have to follow the rules. The first and most important rule — besides, of course, that the story has to be original — is that the story must be based on one of three titles that we have provided.

The titles are:

1. "Twenty-Ten"

2. "An Insurrection"

3. "Never, Ever Bring This Up Again"

A date, a thing, and a statement. No exceptions. Make of them what you will, do with them something great. But no taking an old story and slapping one of our new titles on it. We'll know, and we won't be happy.

Second rule: Your story cannot exceed 4,000 words. We are serious about that, too.

Other rules: You may submit only one story. The contest begins on May 1, 2009. All entries are due by midnight of August 1, 2009 and must be submitted electronically here at (Yet more official rules here.)

First prize: publication in Esquire and $2,500.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

QUOTE - MAY 7, 2009

We must be willing to throw away a lot, no matter how much hard work we’ve put into it. That work is not wasted. It’s the path that leads to the entryway.

Natalie Goldberg

From Thunder and Lightening

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Leacock shock, 12 months later

A self-published author who unexpectedly won the country's most prestigious award for humour writing looks back on his thrill-ride of a yearRead the personal essay of TERRY FALLIS who spoke at the Headwaters Arts Festival in Alton. (Pat and I attended it.)

QUOTE - MAY 6, 2009

In order to write you must have confidence in your own experience, that it is rich enough to write about.

Natalie Goldberg
From Long Quiet Highway

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

QUOTE - MAY 5, 2009

"Ask yourself, "What do I love deeply? What has brought me to me knees? What has totally broken me? The combination of these answers can give you a voice."

Natalie Goldberg
From a Symposium on Writing and Zen


Wayson Choy will be taking readers' questions for the next two weeks.

You can send him your question via e-mail at, or by posting it as a comment on this story.

We will run his answers in the newspaper and online on Saturday, May 16.

Please include your full name and the town or city you live in when submitting a question.

Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards Contest

Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards Contest

Friday, May 1st to Tuesday, June 30th 2009

The contest is now open. Please submit your entries to:

Rules and Guidelines:
Please read carefully. Submissions which do not follow the Rules and Guidelines may not be accepted.