Q&A with Author Carlyn Zwarenstein

June’s book of the month was Opium Eater: The New Confessions by Carlyn Zwarenstein. It’s a discussion of opium and the people, especially creatives, who have used it to relieve mental and physical pain, enhance creativity, and more. Zwarenstein is a writer and journalist based in Toronto. Opium Eater is her first book & a …

Writing with Depression & Anxiety

It’s a strange thing to consider yourself a vessel for stories; it might not be so strange when, in school, you’ve been called a hard worker, a bit of a loner, but one who always meets deadlines and goes above expectations. (Is this a humble brag?) Anyhow, this tends to conjure up severe anxiety over …

A Letter to Neurodivergent Writers

When it comes to depression and anxiety, there can be a tendency to “feel more deeply,” which can be great for connecting with others. At the same time, there are also sublime experiences or intense experiences of both terror and awe. These are sometimes too much to process, and it’s completely understandable to avoid them. …