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The Canadian Guide to Creative Writing and Publishing
Patricia Westerhof
Dundurn Press / Softcover / Jan 2023
9781459750081 (ISBN-10: 145975008X)
Language Arts & Disciplines / Creativity
price: $26.99
336 pages
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The essential guide for Canadian writers seeking to have their work published today.

How do you get your writing published in Canada? What are the industry standards for publishable work and how do you reach them? This lively, practical guide shows you how to think more creatively, cultivate a strong writing voice, and make your sentences powerful. It explains the elements of style and offers writing prompts to help you apply what you learn. It gives strategies for finding critique partners and beta readers and for getting useful feedback before you send your drafts to agents or editors. The chapters are packed with up-to-date information about the publishing industry, including how to find an agent, how to submit manuscripts to literary journals, how to query independent presses, and how to apply for writing grants. The Canadian Guide to Creative Writing & Publishing confidently leads you through the process of polishing your writing and finding an audience for your work.

If you’re looking for a practical guide to getting published in Canada, something that sets the bar for what makes good writing good and what makes writing publishable, then look no further than The Canadian Guide to Creative Writing and Publishing.
— Lee Gowan, author of The Beautiful Place


At last—a definitive guide for writers who want to be published in Canada. It’s like having a mentor, warm and encouraging, and a friend who’s an industry insider, guiding you every step of the way. I wish I’d had something like this when I was starting out.
— Shari Lapena, author of Not A Happy Family


From personal experience, I know that becoming overwhelmed and confused by the vast amount of information available can stop you from moving forward. Reading this book is like sitting down with the most trusted teacher. It provides a clear path for navigating the publishing process from beginning to end. This is a wonderful book!
— Claire Cameron, author of The Bear and The Last Neanderthal

Patricia Westerhof is the author of Catch Me When I Fall and The Dove in Bathurst Station and co-author of The Writer’s Craft. She has taught writing for more than thirty years, working with writers of all ages, from teens to seniors. She lives in Toronto.

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