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December 2012- Archives

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....

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....

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....

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...

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....