Oh, the fun you will have. Oh, the places you’ll go. If you just let your hair down, at least on one side.
Is one ever too old for Dr. Seuss? This may be one of the most fascinating philosophical questions of the 21st Century. Or it may just be a device I thought up to write this blog post. But it truly is a very good question to ask—especially if one is a writer. In fact, I might just be a genius to have come up with it. Especially on such a Seussical day as this. If the good Dr. were alive today, I’d make him the biggest great cake that he ever did see. I’d decorate it in such an extravagant way, and perch it way high in the highest big tree.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you finest of men, you elegant worder. You wielder of pen, you magic rhyme herder!
A note to all writers out there in the land of Seuss: Go to the bookstore, go to your shelf, pick up a Seuss book, go back to your core! Be a fine word elf, indulge in a language that turns in on itself. ABCs or Horton or Who! Wherever you wander, you’ll run into you. “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” in the great land of Seuss.
Be a child today, pick up a Seuss. Try to remember that this thing you do, this writing thing, is something you do because you love words. If you’re anything like me, Seuss has a lot to do with your love of language. Don’t forget your roots. And whatever you do, never grow up! And when words drive you crazy, just never give up!
One more thing before I go!
There is a fantastic Ontario Writers’ Conference PRE-CONFERENCE workshop taking place on APRIL 3rd, at the Oshawa Campus of Trent University! Noelle Bickle will lead workshop attendees through the agent pitch! I’ve taken a WCDR After Breakfast Mini-Workshop in which Noelle taught the elevator pitch. It completely opened my eyes, both to the importance of the pitch and the essence of distilling your manuscript down to the size of a pitch. Now, you too can attend a workshop that will walk you through the agent pitch. Learn how to approach an agent properly. This is an Ontario Writers’ Conference sponsored workshop—which will nicely prepare those OWC 2012 Conference attendees for agent pitches on conference day, but it is also open to any and all who would like to attend. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to improve your chances with an agent. All the details are available on the Ontario Writers’ Conference website (along with a Paypal Link to allow you to register online for the workshop).
The gist is:
A workshop to help you create a captivating 30-second pitch!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
6:30 – 9 pm
Learn how to pitch a story idea, manuscript or screenplay to editors, publishers and producers WITH CONFIDENCE!!!
Cost: $45 ($40 WCDR/WCYR/WCSC/HHWEN)
Location: Trent University – Oshawa
55 Thornton Road South
(parking is free)
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