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~ Mitchell Toews has been nominated for the XLIII Pushcart Prize by Blank Spaces magazine
~ Mitch's story, "Groota Pieter", has been accepted by the Pact Press (Raleigh, NC) for its 2019 anthology, "We Refugees". Previously published online and in print by River Poets Journal, Summer of 2018.
~ "The Peacemongers" is in The MOON Magazine's anthology, "Out of this World: The Best Short Stories from The MOON, Volume 1". Read more here: https://mitchellaneous.com/2019/09/21...
~ "Died Rich" has been published by Fabula Argentea http://bit.ly/DiedRichToews
~ Mitchell has been accepted as a NEW/EARLY CAREER ARTIST by the Canada Council for the Arts and an "EMERGING ARTIST" by the Manitoba Arts Council
~ Riddle Fence has Mitch's "Fast and Steep
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Mitchell Toews Eva! Oba jo! I'm kind of a Mennonite imposter, though. My mom is a Plautdietsch master and she loves the language. Dad, on the other hand, was the thi…moreEva! Oba jo! I'm kind of a Mennonite imposter, though. My mom is a Plautdietsch master and she loves the language. Dad, on the other hand, was the third gen of, "English is the language of Canada..." believers, and so, our household lingo stayed uni. Except, thankfully, for all the rude sayings and funny slang I was taught by my awesomely sketchy-dietschy high school friends. Like, for example, how a really tall volleyball team was, "a bunch of vedaumt Schanzenfelders!"

My father-in-law's well-thumbed Wörterbuch (beautifully written by his Grünthal buddy, Jack Thiessen) sits always on my writing desk and lots of old päpanät nuggets work their way into the stories. Like some of the greats—Roth and Hemingway for instance—I just stick those words right in there, splinta noaktijch with no italics, no gloss. I try to lay them in a bed of appropriate context, but sometimes they are just a little reward for Plautdietsch Redna. Sometimes the translations are more fun: like "pepper nuts", "crack maker" or "it goes to hold out" (as a reply to "How are you?")

My editor is an English dude (Englander!) and he is fast becoming a Plautdietsch wannabe.

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Mitchell Toews I don't get blocked much. My issue is more often too many spigots open at once. Still, the leader of the Writing Circle I belong to suggests this: Whe…moreI don't get blocked much. My issue is more often too many spigots open at once. Still, the leader of the Writing Circle I belong to suggests this: When you're stuck, consider the characters in your WIP and, in your notebook, build rich character profiles for them. What's in their pockets? What verbal ticks ("schwas") do they have? What do they look like, in great detail? etc. This works because your brain chews on these jazz-like bits and bytes and niggles with them like a mental fidget-spinner and tries them on for size with your characters... interactions happen in your mind and before you know it, you are LEAPING from your cozy bed and cracking open that laptop with the same frantic urgency as that time your friend called and asked, "Why did you post all those naked pictures of yourself on Facebook? And, who's 'Gordy'?"(less)
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As this rabid cannibal of a year winds down, I wonder about my writerly struggle and the artistic return on investment for me as a writer, 2015-2020.





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Aside from all the “hard work is its own reward,” kind of sentiment, to which I subscribe and to whose driving power I owe one of the best periods of my redheaded life (apart from the baby powder tinged, little league coaching, proud dad/gra

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“The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.”
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“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”
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