The Art of Connecting—By Joel Yanofsky

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

This self-isolation business is playing right into my hands. From the time I started thinking of myself as a writer, some forty years ago now, I knew my main talent for the job lay in my ability to cut myself off from other people. In fact, it seemed to be the whole point of the endeavour.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

2 thoughts on “The Art of Connecting—By Joel Yanofsky

  1. Hi Joel, I wish I knew about your writing online class…the last time I signed up for one of your classes u were teaching for mcgill’s continuing education writing for magazines…I enjoyed it and enjoyed your qwf post.


  2. Joel Yanofsky is a great workshop leader. I know. I attended his workshop on writing a memoir and now I am a published author. My book, My Father’s Store and Other Stories, where Joel insisted to the class, that, in fact, my opening sentenced was perfect, encouraged me immensely and my memoir has gone on to be awarded a place in the Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, in Halifax!
    I am writing a second book, almost completed! Thanks to a wonderful teacher!


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