Posts by L. E. Carmichael


Picture Book, Tough Like Mum, by Lana Button

Lana Button: Tough Topics in Tough Like Mum

Picture books can be a safe place to have a difficult conversation. A picture book can sometimes tell a hard story in a manner that lands safely for a young reader, and hopefully leaves them feeling inspired. That was ... Read More  

Trending by Kira Vermond

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Scrivener is an invaluable tool for writing nonfiction

Managing Information: Writing Nonfiction in Scrivener

OK. We've talked about how to take notes and how to track our sources, either manually or using a reference manager. Today I'm going to discuss another fabulous app for writers: Scrivener. The combination of Endnote (reference manager) and Scrivener ... Read More  

Gone is Gone by Isabelle Groc

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Gone is Gone: Wildlife Under Threat

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

The Beekeepers, by Dana L. Church

Dana L. Church: Doing Scary Things

As I write this, it is less than a week before my first book, The Beekeepers, is released.* I am thrilled, ecstatic, and excited! But to be honest, I am also a bit scared. Will readers like it? Will ... Read More  

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel, by Susan Vande Griek

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel, and Other Poems of Birds in Flight

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Benefits of reference managers

Managing Information: Reference Management Apps, and Why You Need One

Last time, we talked about note-taking skills, and why it's important for writers to know where every piece of their information originally came from. Today, I'm going to introduce a tool that makes this process a lot easier: the ... Read More  

Powwow by Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

I Write Canadian

It’s Almost I Read Canadian Day!

February 17th - next Wednesday - is the second annual I Read Canadian Day! Help me celebrate it by spending 15 minutes reading a book - any book! - by a Canadian author. Read More  

Under Pressure by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Under Pressure: The Science of Stress

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Note-Taking tips for writers

Managing Information: Note-taking Tips for Writers

So far, our discussions of research have focused on how to find interesting, relevant information for our writing projects. Now we're going to look at a skill that's equally important, but less-commonly discussed: how to manage and organize all ... Read More  

It Began with a Page by Kyo Maclear

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: It Began With a Page

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

cover of What Kids Did by Erin Silver

Erin Silver: Writing About the Pandemic During the Pandemic

I’d been working really hard on my first-ever children’s book and was so excited for it’s spring 2020 release. Called Proud to Play, it’s about the experience of Canadian LGBTQ athletes in professional sports. The topic was so important ... Read More  

Crows: Genius Birds

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Crows: Genius Birds

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Sunset

What Three Things Make You Truly Happy?

It's mid-December, and you know what that means: New Year's Resolutions are just around the corner.  I'll be honest. I've never found classic resolutions particularly helpful. In fact, they're more likely to produce feelings of guilt and inadequacy than happiness ... Read More  

Cloning Miranda by Carol Matas

Carol Matas: Science, Science Fiction, and The Big Questions

I love writing science fiction. My very first four books were science fiction: time travel dystopian novels about climate change, corporations taking over the world, false prophets and utopias. Hmm. That was 33 years ago! Seems like I was either ... Read More  

Tips for interviewing experts

Research for Writers: How to Interview an Expert

Sooner or later, every writer is going to have to interview an expert. Students might be required to do so for an assignment; for creative writers, interviews are sources of stories, anecdotes, quotes, and details that can't be gleaned ... Read More  

Lane Anderson award winners, 2014

How to Stop Apologizing for Your Own Accomplishments

Two things you might not have known about me: We moved around a LOT when I was young, so I was the new kid right up until high school. I was a gifted kid who learned quickly and tested very, very ... Read More