The Writing Life: Teaching and Throwing Hand Grenades

Patrick Friesen (2:49)

Patrick Friesen talks about being a teacher, inspiring excitement in his students and why he doesn't think his job takes away from his writing.

Tagged with: teaching, writing life, inspiration.

Patrick Friesen, a resident of Winnipeg for 30 years and Vancouver for a dozen years, now lives in Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island. He is the author of several books of poetry, most recently A Dark Boat (2012), a translator, and has written several stage and radio plays. Friesen has also collaborated with choreographers, dancers, musicians and composers. His book, Blasphemer’s Wheel, was awarded Manitoba Book of the Year Prize in 1996; A Broken Bowl, was a finalist for the 1997 Governor-General’s Award; and Patrick was awarded the ReLit Award for Poetry in 2012 for jumping in the asylum.

Maureen Scott Harris
The Writing Life: Publishing, Editing, Managing, and Creating (3:04)

As a freelance editor, essayist, reviewer, writer and manager of Brick Books, Maureen Scott Harris has seen all sides of the writing life. In this video, she discusses the advantages and disadvantages of stepping outside of her own creative practice.

John K. Samson
The Writing Life: Arbiter Ring Publishing (1:31)

Jonn K. Samson talks about what inspired him to co-found a publishing company.

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