Wednesday, February 17, 2010


When you're first starting out in a field or when you're learning something completely new, it's almost as if you're stumbling around in the dark.  You don't know what's out there, you don't know what questions to ask, you don't know where to get information.

Throughout the whole experience of completing my first manuscript, shopping it around, landing a contract, and having "Blood and Groom" published, I have been on one helluva learning curve!  I am amazed at all the things I didn't know, and at all the resources available.

A great starting point to get a ton of information is with the Writers' Union of Canada.  Their webpage has links about festivals, writing organizations, residencies and so on.  Check it out at:

Another equally valuable resource is the Writers' Trust of Canada.  It also has information on and links to events, contests, and other items of interest to writers.  Check it out at:


  1. Thank you for these links, Jill. I do a weekly newsletter for writers and I'm always searching for contests or events. I end up with primarily ones in the US, but would like some from elsewhere. Hopefully, this will give me some for my Canadian subscribers.

    Straight From Hel

  2. Thx for the information...

    hope your book does well.

  3. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog, Singletude!

    Also a writer here, though not a novelist. Well, I'd like to be, but I never seem to have the time to squeeze any fiction out between ad copy, web sites, resumes, and so on. I miss it, though! Congrats on your book!