The Canadian Writer’s Group has published an electronic feature on CBC vice president Kirsten Stewart by Jason McBride. “Can this woman save the CBC?” is available as an ebook from Kobo and Kindle and is part of a series CWG launched this spring to showcase the long-form work of its writers and as a springboard to a new digital imprint due this fall.
“We believe that ebooks or, more specifically, singles – reads between 5,000 and 30,000 words, are a tremendous new platform for our writers,” says Derek Finkle of the CWG. “We plan to devote considerable resources to that format.”
The Stewart profile, an updated version of the feature published in the May edition of Toronto Life, is a behind-the-scenes look at the woman with “the most difficult job in Canadian media. Up against huge budget cuts, the Internet, corporate media giants, and millions of taxpaying critics, she is fighting back with an array of mass-appeal reality TV and sitcoms such as Dragons’ Den and Mr. D. Ratings have never been higher; nevertheless, the CBC is on increasingly tenuous ground.”
Other ebooks in the CWG series include Blindsided, a memoir by novelist and columnist Russell Smith, and Bones of Contention, a scoop by Leslie Anthony about the discovery of a massive deposit of dinosaur fossils in BC.
The CWG and the Guild joined forces in 2010 to better represent freelance writers and defend their rights across Canada. CWG writers are members of the Guild’s freelance branch.