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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 very hard time choosing. Listen to Jonathan Goldstein reading some of his favourite tweets:...

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 author of Please, Louise! shares some of the classics she turns to for inspiration....

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, the author of the beloved "Henry" series argues the value of making children's stories "more than true."...

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, the author of the Sir Seth Thistlethwaite series shares his top two techniques when writing for kids....

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 dozen new writing terms describing everything from writer's block to severe caffeine withdrawal....

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 her Seussian writing tip, the Skink on the Brink author muses on rolling with both the good and bad....

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 her Seussian writing tip, children's poet Carol-Ann Hoyte offers unique ways to jump-start your inspiration....

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 a person, and why you should never tweet in the back of a limo. ...

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 with our Grinchily addictive Twitter challenge....

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. In his Seussian writing tip, the co-creator of the eye-popping (and word-defining) Cozy Classics series ruminates on where genius really...

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 her writing tip, the author of Spork and Virginia Wolf attests to the power of nonsense in children's writing....

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. Here, the author of Barnabas Bigfoot: A Hairy Tangle on the nursery room mobile otherwise known as language....

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, the author of Mrs. Goodhearth and the Gargoyle on the link between pottery and great picture books. ...

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. Here, the author of the Canadian children's holiday bestseller A Porcupine in a Pine Tree on a word bingo that can...

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 fever here at Canada Writes, and as of today we're celebrating two weeks of "Seusstivus" with Canadian children's authors... and...

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 Canada Writes. Below, a supremely Seussian writing tip from the award-winning children's poet and author of Drumheller Dinosaur Dance....

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 "Close Encounters with Science" writing challenge and helped select the finalists. ...

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 the CBC’s Creative Nonfiction Prize.What is creative nonfiction? A work of creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction) is a true...