Month: September 2015

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Interview: rob mclennan

by Julienne Isaacs

Julienne Isaacs: You’ve conducted an extraordinary number of interviews with writers. Why is the literary interview, as a form, important to you? What does it do that other literary forms do not, or do not do as well?

rob mclennan: A good interview can’t help but provide insight into the work that can be quite different than what might be possible through close reading or someone else’s review or essay on the same work.

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Liz Harmer’s Formless Non-Fiction

by Liz Harmer

There was a phase in my short non-fiction career during which I came to believe that my main interest in writing essays was out of a fascination with language. Whereas in fiction, the fascination was with feelings, behavior, characters, what might happen to those characters, and the author as the placer of figurines on a board,

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Caught Up in the Truth

by Cindy Matthews

“Refuse to write your life and you have no life.”

—Patricia Hampl

While seated in the departure area of the Edmonton airport a while back I noticed a woman madly scribbling in a notebook. Scattered by her feet were a leather computer bag and a pink suitcase. She possessed an enviable ability to appear as though she were ignoring what was going on around her while actually immersed in the creation of a mind-map.

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Mythmaking

by Amanda Leduc

“[M]emory itself can be called its own bit of creative nonfiction. We continually—often unconsciously—renovate our memories, shaping them into stories that bring coherence to chaos. Memory has been called the ultimate ‘mythmaker’ … ”

—Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, Tell It Slant

When I was growing up,