Portal Blog

Unleash Your Inner Artist

January 25, 2018

When I submitted to Portal magazine for its 2018 edition, I hoped that everything I had written in the past year would get reviewed by the Portal editors and perhaps end up in the 2018 issue. Portal, as luck would have it, also…

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Submissions Received. Now What?

January 23, 2018

If you submitted your manuscript to Portal by our December deadline, you may be wondering what happens next. In December, our Acquisitions Editor, Alim Rawji, compiled all the submissions into 4 genre groupings as PDFs – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or scripts – so…

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Third Time’s the Charm

January 23, 2018

For most of the Portal staff, one tour of the heavy workload involved in the production of a literary magazine is more than enough. Few return for a second round, even though VIU allows upper-level Creative Writing courses to be taken twice for…

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On The Road Again

December 2, 2017

Every Tuesday, starting at 8:00 am, I make a 154 km from my home in Campbell River to VIU. The commute is breathtaking; my eyes are flushed with the beauty of the scenic mountain ranges and Douglas firs.  Perhaps you wonder why I…

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The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age

November 30, 2017

In 2001, Steve Jobs announced the launch of the original iPod, a music player that would make it possible for people to carry their entire record collections in their pockets. Over the next few years, a genre of narrative audio that took the…

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The Future of Journalism: Where do we go from here?

November 28, 2017

Does journalism still work? Distrust of news media is widespread especially as many people consume it through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. News publications like The Globe and Mail  are reducing their print runs and shifting to online content.  So is…

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