CANSCAIP Celebrates its 35th Anniversary with a New Creator-in-Residence Program
The application deadline has been extended to January 31, 2013, for illustrators only. If you have already sent your submission, DO NOT resend. Applications for manuscript critiques are closed.
As a celebration of its 35th anniversary, CANSCAIP announces its first ever Creator-in-Residence program. From January 15 to May 15, 2013, CANSCAIP will have not one, but two, Creators-in-Residence. Please join us in welcoming BC illustrator Dianna Bonder and Ontario author Kathy Stinson as our 2013 CANSCAIP Creators-in-Residence.
CANSCAIP is pleased to acknowledge the support of BMO Financial Group for a portion of this program.
Born in Kamloops, BC, Dianna Bonder
cannot recall a time when she wasn’t drawing or writing stories. Inspired by the beauty of Alice in Wonderland, and the words of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, Dianna has been inspired by some of the most unusual sources. After studying Fashion Illustration in Toronto, she studied Fine Arts and Commercial Design at Cariboo University. Once graduated, she worked her way into the exciting world of children's picture books. After the enormous success of her first book, the Pacific Alphabet
, Dianna went on to write and illustrate the Accidental Alphabet
, Leon’s Song
and many others. Her newest works include The Pied Piper of Hamelin
, Pedro the Pirate
and due in Spring 2012, A,B,Sea
. Dianna's books have come to decorate the rooms of children throughout the world. Dianna currently lives on Gabriola Island, BC, with her two daughters and a menagerie of pets.
grew up in Toronto, sorted mail, taught school and waited tables before figuring out, while at home with her two children, that what she really wanted to do was write. In the years since, she has published more than 30 titlesundefinedpicture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, short stories, biography and other non-fiction. In addition to writing her own books, Kathy has worked as a freelance editor for a number of publishers on fiction for children, young adult and adult audiences, picture books and non-fiction. She has served as Writer-in-Residence for several library systems and has led writing workshops all across Canada and in Africa. She is also a regular volunteer reader and technician at the CNIB Recording Studio in Toronto. Mother, stepmother, grandmother, and long-time CANSCAIP member, Kathy currently lives in Rockwood, Ontario, with Peter Carver and their dog, Keisha.
The purpose of this program is to encourage exchanges between our Creator-in-Residence and the CANSCAIP community across Canada, and to foster mentorship of new and emerging authors and illustrators who are both Members and Friends of CANSCAIP. As part of this program, Dianna Bonder and Kathy Stinson will each be conducting twelve Creator-in-Residence Blue Pencil Mentorships.
How does a mentorship work?
Current CANSCAIP Members and Friends can apply for a mentorship with ONE of the Creators-in-Residence. Non-members cannot apply. There will be no fee charged for a Creator-in-Residence Blue Pencil Mentorships.
You may submit up to ten pages of illustrations from ONE children’s picture book for a mentorship with Dianna Bonder. Or you may submit up to ten pages of ONE manuscript in the genre of young-adult fiction, middle-grade fiction or picture-book text for a mentorship with Kathy Stinson. Manuscripts must be double spaced with 12-point type in a standard font with one-inch margins. You may include a covering letter and/or one-page synopsis with your submission.
All submissions will be reviewed by a CANSCAIP Executive committee, and only twelve will be selected for mentorship with each Creator-in-Residence. Please submit your best work.
See www.canscaip.org/Mentorship for information about the mentorship program.
How do I submit?The application deadline has been extended to January 31, 2013, for illustrators only. If you have already sent your submission, DO NOT resend. Applications for manuscript critiques are closed.
Please send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line "Your Name: CIR Manuscript or Illustration Submission." Please only use "Manuscript" or "Illustration" as it applies for your submission in the subject line. Email your submission to the CANSCAIP office. Hard copies will not be accepted.
In the body of the email, please include: your name, mailing address, phone number, email, title of work and genre.
For Illustration submissions: Images are to be sent in ONE combined pdf file. Keep the resolution low so it is email friendly. Submissions will not be printed so you do not need to be concerned with submitting print-quality images.
For Writing submissions: Stories are to be sent in ONE file; either MS Word or as a pdf.
You may submit one manuscript or series of illustrations only, as this is the best way for the mentors to evaluate how you tell a story and to get a sense of voice, style and flow.
What do I receive?
The Creator-in-Residence will submit a report directly to you by email. This report will take the form of a substantive critique (at least two single-spaced pages) rather than a line-by-line edit. You can respond to the email with up to five follow-up questions. The follow-up must be completed within one month of receipt of the critique.
Illustration reports include discussion of:
- technical ability, including style, execution and suitability for picture books.
- character, expression, action, variety, unity (where applicable).
- steps to further develop the illustrations.
Manuscript reports include discussion of:
- technical ability, including style and execution.
- character, structure, plot, setting, point of view, voice, dialogue, believability (where applicable).
- steps to further develop the manuscript.
Note: This is not an editing service. CANSCAIP does not help place a manuscript with a publisher.
Note #2: The Creator-in-Residence Mentorships do not replace the current Blue Pencil Mentorship program. Blue Pencil Mentorships are always available through the regular program in any genre, for a fee.