Tagged with: writing community
Awards & Reviews: Placement Among Peers (0:41)
In this video, Friesen tries to describe how he feels about the many awards and nominations he has received.
Awards & Reviews: Helping Readers Make Choices (6:53)
In this video, Maurice Mierau discusses what winning the 2009 ReLit award for poetry meant to him, as well as the differences between winning awards and being reviewed.
Awards & Reviews: Poetry Awareness (1:33)
Maureen Scott Harris' poetry book Drowning Lessons was recently selected as one of four favourite Trillium books along with two novels by Michael Ondaatje and one by Margaret Atwood. Harris discusses her excitement at what this means for poetry.
On Editing: Finding New Voices (1:50)
Maurice Mierau discusses reading manuscripts for book and magazine publishers, and looking for the individual voice of interesting new writers.
Culture, Language, and Community (3:57)
Maurice Mierau speaks about why Mennonite writers are drawn to community and writing groups.
Culture: Mennonite Writing (6:01)
The writing community in Winnipeg has been profoundly shaped by Mennonite writers such as Di Brandt, David Bergen, Miriam Toews, Sarah Klassen and (the interviewee in this video) Patrick Friesen. Many of the city’s best known novelists and poets are of a Mennonite background and several have been involved in creating and maintaining writing communities within Manitoba. In this video, Friesen speaks to why this may be the case and why the Mennonite traditions of storytelling, organization, and spirituality actually help foster great writers.
Writing Community: How Conversation Strengthens Writing (4:25)
Writing can be a lonely business. In this video, Maureen Scott Harris talks about her long friendship with Jan Horner and how community has helped her as an artist.
Writing Community: Collaboration as a Way of Life (4:26)
Collaboration is one of the main sources of inspiration for Patrick Friesen. In this video he explains how important his collaborations in music, dance and translation have become for him and his work.
Inspiration: The Imagery of Winnipeg (2:34)
Despite moving from Manitoba the West Coast because he felt a "strong desire to leave," Patrick Friesen believes that Winnipeg is his home.
Travel: Writing in Tasmania (4:55)
In 2009, Maureen Scott Harris was the first non-Australian to win the WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize for an essay she wrote titled "Broken Mouth: Offerings for the Don River, Toronto." In this video, Harris talks about her experience travelling to Tasmania and how she learned to feel at home away from Canada.
Winnipeg: A Halo of Lights on the Horizon (1:58)
In this video, Patrick Friesen describes why Winnipeg is the heart of his life.
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