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December 2012 Archives

Hibernal by Paul Mitchell

To celebrate the holidays and give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition, we are presenting seven of our favourite stories from last year's True Winter Tales challenge. In today's story,...

The Trailer by Barbara Stewart

To celebrate the holidays and give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition, we are presenting seven of our favourite stories from last year's True Winter Tales challenge. In today's story,...

A Walk in the Snow by Christine Selinger

To celebrate the holidays and give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition, we are presenting seven of our favourite stories from last year's True Winter Tales challenge. In today's story,...

Fissure by Lauren Troneau

To celebrate the holidays and give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition, we are presenting seven of our favourite stories from last year's True Winter Tales challenge. In today's story,...

The Mainlanders by Chris Donahoe

To celebrate the holidays and give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition, we are presenting seven of our favourite stories from last year's True Winter Tales challenge. In today's story,...

Winter at the Sam Waller Museum by Joanna Reid

To celebrate the holidays and give you inspiration for our current creative nonfiction competition, we are presenting seven of our favourite stories from last year's True Winter Tales challenge. In today's...

We have a winner! The Seusstivus Twitter Challenge

We thought Seusstivus was a lot of fun and judging by the entries we got, so did you! There were so many great entries, that our judge, Jonathan Goldstein, had a...

Seusstivus Twitter Challenge: Meet the winner

We talk to the winner of the Seusstivus Holiday Twitter Challenge, the Arnprior Library, about their winning tweet....

Frieda Wishinsky: Read, and then reread

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.The...

Seusstivus Holiday Twitter Challenge All-Stars: Part 2

We received more than a thousand entries for our Seusstivus Twitter Challenge. A big thank you to CANSCAIP readers Carol-Ann Hoyte, Helaine Becker, Marty Chan and Lena Coakley for helping us collect and read them all....

Seusstivus Holiday Twitter Challenge All-Stars: Part 1

We received more than a thousand entries for our Seusstivus Twitter Challenge. A big thank you to CANSCAIP readers Carol-Ann Hoyte, Helaine Becker, Marty Chan and Lena Coakley for helping us collect and read them all....

Sara O'Leary: Making it up

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.Here,...

Richard Thake: Fun writing is fun reading

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.Here,...

12 Write-a-ma-things!

As part of our Seusstivus celebrations on Canada Writes, we asked Canadian children's authors to come up with a new Seussian word to describe how they write... and got a...

Lisa Dalrymple: No two days are ever the same

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.In...

Carol-Ann Hoyte: Jump-start your poetry motor

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.In...

Jonathan Goldstein: It's good to be a Grinch

The CBC's latest Grinch (and our official judge for the Seusstivus Twitter Challenge on Tuesday, December 18) on the Dr. Seuss-gangsta rap connection, what liking the name "Bartholomew" says about...

Next Twitter Challenge on Tuesday December 18th

We hope you've been enjoying Seusstivus brought to you by Canada Writes and some of our beloved Canadian children's authors. Now it's your turn to get in on the action...

Jack Wang: How to be a genius

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes....

CANSCAIP's Karen Krossing: Why I write for kids

The president of CANSCAIP—The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers—on her memories of Dr. Seuss books, playing with words, and childhood....

Kyo Maclear: Bend words, bend the world

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.In...

Marty Chan: Unexpected images

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes....

Lena Coakley: One in a thousand

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.Here,...

Helaine Becker: My Magic Word Grid

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes....

It's Seusstivus on Canada Writes!

This Christmas Day, CBC Radio is adding a Seussian spin to their holiday programming: a CBC/McGill production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein. We've caught the Seussian...

Robert Heidbreder: Water words

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at...

We have a winner: Close Encounters with Science

We had a lot of fun reading your true stories about the interactions you’ve had with science and technology that left a lasting impact. And our judge, the author and...

Close Encounters with Science: Meet the winner

We talk to the winner of the Close Encounters with Science writing challenge, Janet Trull of Ontario, about her winning story....

Announcing the longlist for “Close Encounters with Science”

This November, we asked you to send us a true personal story of a close encounter you had with science and technology. We were looking for personal stories that gave...

Meet the reader: Scott Fotheringham

Fiction writer (and molecular geneticist) Scott Fotheringham was one of two readers who read all of the submissions to our "Close Encounters with Science" writing challenge and helped select the...

Meet the reader: Beverly Akerman

Beverly Akerman is the only Canadian fiction writer to have ever sequenced her own DNA. She was also one of two readers who read all of the submissions to our...

Jacob Speaks by Marcy White

It took eight years but I never gave up.Like most parents, I eagerly anticipated my child’s first words. Unlike most parents, I was told by doctors that my son would...

Science as Language by David Gosse

He was an older gentleman and the dishevelled look of a nutty professor fit him well. A retiree, he was not the normal teacher, nor was he one of the...

Racing Point of Light by Rob Colter

As night overtakes the bay, we grow quiet. The scent of the cooling forest wafts across the water. Small animals rustle at water’s edge. Overhead, the stars spread their surreal...

Monochrome by Wayne MacPhail

Memory is a liar's notebook. Black and white television images overlap for me. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Neil Armstrong's ungainly foot on the lunar surface, the Zapruder film in...

Something Happened by Gwenellen Tarbet

A rush of blood soaks my pants and runs down my leg.  I frown, and watch puzzled as it spreads onto the grimy pea green carpet.  For a moment all...

The Science of Recess by Janet Trull

I am a shy nine-year-old girl with one friend.  Wendy is bold and full of ideas.  She is bored with the games in the playground.  Skipping, tossing hockey cards, playing...

The Crystal Set by Edythe Anstey Hanen

It was an infinitesimal spark, a glittering shard of light from somewhere in the Universe. It was a moment that burst my small world open and ignited my imagination like...

Fallout by Patricia Hamilton

My son was born and raised in the 70’s in a one-room log cabin on a trapline east of Yellowknife. I hauled water from the lake to bathe him and...

The Year of the Bulb by Sylvia Holt

The science revolution struck our old farmhouse on August 15th,1958. I was eleven and the oldest of five siblings. That night all of us stood reverently with Mom and Dad...

Seeing the World by Yvette Menard

My eyes have always been more than just a way for me to focus on the world.  They’ve been out of focus, really.  Born with one near sighted eye, one...

I No Longer Remember by Linda Hossie

I no longer remember what country I was in. I can recall only the sound—the soft pop-pop ... pop.  I was a reporter, in and out of conflict zones. I...

Total Eclipse of My Heart by Laurie Burns

I have had a lifetime fascinating with the sky, with the planets, with thinking about how big, wondrous and dark it is. My father horned my love for the sky...

The Red Devil by Julie Achtermeier

The nurses bustle from patient to patient, plastic smiles plastered on their faces. The familiar chemical smell fills my nostrils and ignites a new fear; how much more can I...

Premature by Johanna Van Zanten

My temporary assignment had come to an end. I would not see 19-year-old Candace and her baby Amy anymore in a professional capacity.  To my surprise, one Saturday morning a...

The New Age by Lyle Burwell

It was October of 1957; not too late in the month, I think, because I remember the night was warm. Over the years, cities have hidden themselves from the stars....

Firsts by Kelly Marcon

A blast! A real blast. Adjust the microscope. Lymphoblast? Can’t be. Not on my first night shift alone. I’m over reacting. I’m sure it’s a blast cell and if that’s...

Close Encounters by Caroline Woodward

We lived at the top end of an L-shaped piece of land in the north Peace River region. To get to the Co-op, Dad drove our team of horses along...

The MRI by Shannon Falconer

It’s 4:30 a.m. when my alarm clock goes off. I reach towards the noise on my bedside table and struggle to recall what day of the week it is. Sunday....

My First Experiment by Odie Geiger

As the child of a father who had studied bacteriology and had a keen interest in nature, I had been probably been exposed to science from my earliest days, but...

The Latent Heat of Fusion of Ice by Mo Srivastava

“Allahu Akbar ... “ . The muezzin’s call to the dawn prayer floated on the Harmattan wind. Red dust and a faint whiff of baking bread.I woke and heard the...

My Moment of Rebellion by Myrna Rootham

I pouted and told Uncle Bill that I would leave the city as soon as I could, for somewhere green. You see my teenaged friends and I had just been...

Creative Nonfiction Competition now open!

The second of our three major literary competitions is now open. Between December 1, 2012 and February 1, 2013 we are looking for you to send us your submissions to...