Non-fiction writer’s manifesto

In a recent entry on the Dooney’s Cafe site (, writer Myrna Kostash claims non-fiction writers still “don’t count” in the Canadian literary landscape. Kotash, who joined the Writers Union of Canada in 1978, has witnessed numerous perceived snubs from the Canadian fiction elite. Her piece, “Writing Nonfiction in Canada: A Manifesto,” outlines the slow-motion acceptance of non-fiction writers into grant and award programs, with the author championing the importance of reporting and non-fiction writing in the country today.