More Graphic Novels…

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

This week, a bit of an addendum, because of course as soon as I wrote my post on graphic novels I remembered ones I’d loved and forgotten. And because it’s February and I don’t know about you, but… Read More

Fail Again, Fail Better

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

I’ve been thinking a lot about failure as part of writing. This can be a professional setback (the publisher you wanted said no, you didn’t get the grant or the fellowship, that magazine turned you down even though… Read More

Question and Answer

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

At long last, a question! Thank you, whoever you are. More, please. Q: I need a sensitivity reader. How do I find a good/proper one? A: For those of you who haven’t caught on to this, the notion… Read More

Dialogue and Arguing the Other Side

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

I’ve been thinking lately about dialogue and what it means. The use of dialogue is, of course, obvious: a tool, the same as any other, a way to move the story forward, and make leaps in the reader’s… Read More

In Praise of Graphic Novels

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

Nothing has delighted me more, in terms of literary trends, than the rise of the graphic novel over the last decade or so. They’ve gone from poor relations to contenders, containing as much life, as much subtlety, as… Read More

Remembering Peter Steven

By Michael Baker It was with sadness that FHASS learned over the winter holiday of the passing of our retired colleague, Peter Steven (1950-2023). Peter arrived to Sheridan in 2007 and was a Professor of Film Studies until his… Read More

And Now, More Craft Books

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

Sorry, broken record. But my weekly dispatch is another craft book, while I’m on the subject. Perhaps because this is what I find myself reading, partly because I can’t seem to make myself finish Fellow Travellers, the adaption… Read More

Craft Book Recommendation (for your New Year’s resolution to begin a novel)

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

If you, like me, started off the year with ambitions to have a book drafted by spring, you are probably, like me, already struggling with procrastination. But, as I like to stress, not all procrastination is created equal…. Read More

Films as part of a literary education

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

I’ll keep it brief this week, in deference to the final flurry before the break. My ambition for the week between Christmas and New Year’s is to watch movies in my pyjamas. Given that my youngest child is… Read More

In Praise of Short Stories

Kate Cayley. Credit: Livia Ambrose

It’s nearly the end of the semester, the days are grey, and there is barely time to read. So, in a nod to our collectively limited time, my book recommendations this week are all short story collections. I… Read More