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Reviews and Writing Lessons

 Reviews and stuff on Leacock Medal Winners 

Lesson 1--Be careful how you judge a sixty-eight-year-old book

Lesson 2--Sometimes the packaging is everything

Lesson 3--They may think you’re funny for wrong reasons

1950--Turvey by Earle Birney
Lesson 4 -How one word can change a book

Lesson 5 -Finding your own “moveable feast”

Lesson 6--How to embrace uncertainty

Lesson 7--How the basics of politics never change

Lesson 8--The limits of self-deprecating humour

Lesson 9--When more words are better

Lesson 10--Why travel writers need a place to call home

Lesson 11--When home is not a place

Lesson 12--Why the best story is not always dramatic

Lesson 0 – How to create your own success

Lesson 13--Why someone would abandon humour writing

Lesson 14--The power of simple sentences and plain talk

Lesson 15--Why we like idealized images

Lesson 16--When it’s time to see the humour

Lesson 17--How to laugh in hard economic times

Lesson 18--How to keep sane amid the insanity of war

Lesson 19--Mixing Formats

Lesson 20--Breaking all the rules

Lesson 21--How to stay creative within a bureaucracy

Lesson 22--A formula for generic Canadian humour

Lesson 23--How to echo character in the setting

Lesson 24--Why writing is thinking

Lesson 25--How to persevere in a writing career

Lesson 26--How to write profiles of ordinary people

Lesson 27--What makes good dialogue

Lesson 28--How much description is enough

Lesson 29--How a tall tale can tell a truth

Lesson 30--Political satire and the real “Newfoundlander” jokes

Lesson 31--The appeal of silly

Lesson 32--Assuming another persona

Lesson 33--How to sustain a book series

Lesson 34--Domestic humour and keeping it simple

Lesson 35--Telling the story of a whole community

Lesson 36--Metaphors and similes

Lesson 37--How to tell a love story without making love

Lesson 38--The novella format and humour

Lesson 39--A humour-column checklist

Lesson 40--How writers find courage

Lesson 41--Flashbacks and fictional time

Lesson 42--Writing of young love

Lesson 43--Telling a story from two different perspectives

Lesson 44--Regional histories with national appeal

Lesson 45--The humour in unfettered truth

Lesson 46--The mystery of why I like John Levesque

1994--Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson
Lesson 47--Finding time and space to read and write

Lesson 48--How to laugh at the fear of failure

Lesson 49--The caring yet practical perspective of farmers

Lesson 50--Why Google-era writers still collect trivia

Lesson 51--The role of an unreliable narrator

Lesson 52--Why we sometimes like “boring” stories

Lesson 53--Why humorists mix facts and fancy

Lesson 54--Why any Canadian would try to make a living from creative writing

Lesson 55--How to laugh in the book publishing business

Lesson 56--How to see the humour in our history

Lesson 57--How to create an effect by not saying things

Lesson 58--Humour in travel writing

Lesson 59--On the need for continuous curiosity

Lesson 60--The Secret to storytelling success

Lesson 61--Seeing the humour under your nose

Lesson 62--How to write the fish-out-of-water story 

Lesson 63--Plotting and plodding

Lesson 64--How a creative spark leads to a story

Lesson 65--The incongruous setting

Lesson 66--Caring about characters

Lesson 67--Community and humour

Lesson 68 - What's in a name

2016 - Republic of Dirt by Susan Juby

Lesson 69 - Different Perspectives 

2017 - Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin 

Lesson 70  - Humorous History

2018 - Gone to Pot by Jennifer Craig

Lesson 71 - Humour at different ages 

2019 - Boy Wonders by Cathal Kelly

Lesson 72 - Finding meaning through humour

2020 - Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Jacobs 

Lesson 73 - That first job 

2021 - Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Lesson 74 - Looking at Travel through a different lens.