CANSCAIP
Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants
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Events Calendar

Check the Events Calendar regularly to keep up on CANSCAIP events.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Program details to come.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.

    • Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Burlington Arts Centre
    Program details to come.

    ATTEND MEETING AT: 
    The Shoreline/Rotary Lakeshore Room
    Burlington Art Centre
    1333 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
    • Saturday, October 18, 2014
    • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • L Building, Humber College Lakeshore Campus, 21 Colonel Samuel Smith Drive, Toronto, ON, M8V 1K8

    30th Annual 
    Packaging Your Imagination Conference



    REGISTRATION 
    NOW OPEN!

    All the details below, including our 

    Claire Mackay Memorial Keynote Lecture by 

    Susin Nielsen

    PYI 2014 Date & Location: CANSCAIP is proud to partner with the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) in presenting this year's conference.

    Saturday, October 18th, 2014

    On-site Registration: 8:15 am
    Conference location: L Building
    Humber College Lakeshore Campus
    21 Colonel Samuel Smith Dr.
    Toronto, ON M8V 1K8



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    GENERAL CONFERENCE DETAILS:

    Returning after overwhelming response are our Master-level sessions intended for established writers and illustrators as well as a session for Beginners. All other sessions are at the Intermediate level.  The entire day, including refreshments and lunch, is only $180.00. 

    Enjoy a Welcome Address for all registrants from Governor General's Award Winner Teresa Toten. Attend three workshops chosen from your interests, and network over lunch. Re-join all registrants for an inspirational Keynote to wrap up the day from GG winning author Susin Nielsen!

    Complete speakers' bios are here.

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    Lunch: A lunch of salad and sandwiches is included with registration. We regret that no dietary requests can be accommodated.

    Books: Books will be available for sale. Join us at 4pm for book signings by the presenters.

    Optional Pitch Perfect: Due to overwhelming demand, CANSCAIP is now offering a full day oriented around Pitch Perfect, to connect you to multiple agents and editors. This optional day is offered SUNDAY OCT 19, at the same location as PYI. For more information, click here.

    Refund Policy: Cancellation fee is $45 before September 5. No refund after September 5.

    For more information, please email office@canscaip.org or call (416) 515-1559.



    PACKAGING YOUR IMAGINATION: WORKSHOP OPTIONS/SCHEDULE

    Download workshop descriptions (PDF)

    Speaker biographies (PDF)

    REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:15am


    WELCOME ADDRESS   9am

    Teresa Toten  

    "On Your Mark! Get Set..."


    MORNING WORKSHOPS:   Session A 

    (Choose one of 1, 2, 3, 4)

    1. Rob Laidlaw

    (Writing, Intermediate)

    No Dancing Bears Please: Making Your Issue-Based Non-Fiction Work For Change

    2. Erin Bow

    (Writing, Intermediate)

    Details: How Little Things Bring Your Writing to Life

    3. Debbie Ohi

    (Professional Development, Beginner)

    Lightning Rods, Agents & Book Deals: Building Your Personal Brand

    4. Cybèle Young

    (Illustration, Intermediate)

    The Art & Design of Picture Books



    MORNING WORKSHOPS:   Session B 

    (Choose one of 5, 6, 7, 8)

    5. Lesley Livingston

    (Writing, Advanced)

    'Arc' is a Four-Letter Word: Plot Structure for the Architecturally Challenged

    6. Paula Wing

    (Writing, Intermediate)

    Standing On Your Head: Adapting Your Work for the Stage

    7. Ashley Spires

    (Writing, Intermediate)

    The Accidental Graphic Novelist

    8. Matt James

    (Illustration, Intermediate/Advanced)

    See What Sticks: Planning A Picture Book



    AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS:   Session C   

    (Choose one of 9, 10, 11)

    9. Teresa Toten moderates with Susan Rich, Editor-at-Large for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers & Tara Walker, Editorial Director, Tundra Books

    (Industry Panel)

    "The State of the State"

    10. Shelley Tanaka

    (Writing, Advanced)

    Master Level Writing: Whose Voice Is It, Anyway?

    11. Holly Kent

    (Professional Development, Intermediate)

    Social Media for Authors & Illustrators: Reaching Readers Online 


    Claire Mackay Memorial Keynote Lecture 

    Susin Nielsen

    "Confessions of a Word Nerd"



    Download workshop descriptions (PDF)

    Speaker biographies (PDF)
     


    A Deal You Shouldn’t Miss...

    New to CANSCAIP? Want to find out what being a CANSCAIP Friend is all about? 

    Join the community and keep growing as a writer or illustrator. Expand on what you learn from our exciting lineup of workshops and grow your network of children's culture creators as well.

    How? By joining CANSCAIP as a Friend!

    As a Friend you receive our quarterly newsletter, The CANSCAIP News, featuring profiles of our professional members explaining how they practice their craft, up-to-date marketing information and cross-country news about what’s happening in the children's literature community.

    On our website, you have access by password to a Members/Friends-only section that includes useful and informative articles plus a Critique Exchange.

    As a first-time Friend, join at the special PYI fee of $35 (regularly $45) when you send your application with your registration form.


    CANSCAIP PYI Partners

    CANSCAIP acknowledges the generous support of our conference partner Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts.

       

    • Saturday, October 18, 2014
    • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Your computer
         30th Annual 
    Packaging Your Imagination
    Conference
    Goes Virtual again!



    Canada's oldest and largest conference on the craft and
    business of writing, illustrating and performing for children!

    Attend the full day via online streaming from any location in the world!

    CANSCAIP is proud to partner with the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) in delivering you this year's conference via Blackboard Collaborate.


    Returning after overwhelming response are our Master-level sessions – intended for established writers and illustrators – as well as a session for Beginners. All other sessions are at the Intermediate level. The entire day, including Welcome and Keynote speakers and three workshops of your choice, is only $125.00 for Virtual PYI. 

    All the details below, including our 

    Claire Mackay Memorial Keynote Lecture by 

    Susin Nielsen

    Enjoy a Welcome Address for all registrants from Governor General's Award Winner Teresa Toten. Attend three workshops chosen from your interests, and network over lunch. Re-join all registrants for an inspirational Keynote to wrap up the day from GG winning author Susin Nielsen!

    Speakers' Bios: Complete speakers' bios are here.

    Can't open pdfs? (Get Adobe Reader)

    Refund Policy: Cancellation fee is $45 before September 5. No refund after September 5.

    For more information, please email office@canscaip.org or call (416) 515-1559.


    PACKAGING YOUR IMAGINATION: WORKSHOP OPTIONS/SCHEDULE

    Video Stream testing starts at 8:15am

    WELCOME ADDRESS   9am

    Teresa Toten  On Your Mark! Get set...

    WORKSHOPS   9:30am – 2:45pm

    Session A  9:30 – 10:50    Choose one of 1, 2, 3, 4

    1. Rob Laidlaw
    No Dancing Bears Please: Making Your Issue-Based Non-Fiction Work For Change

    2. Erin Bow
    Details: How Little Things Bring Your Writing to Life

    3. Debbie Ohi
    Lightning Rods, Agents & Book Deals: Building Your Personal Brand

    4. Cybèle Young
    The Art & Design of Picture Books

    Session B  11:05 – 12:25 Choose one of 5, 6, 7, 8

    5. Lesley Livingston
    'Arc' is a Four-Letter Word: Plot Structure for the Architecturally Challenged

    6. Paula Wing
    Standing On Your Head: Adapting Your Work for the Stage

    7. Ashley Spires
    The Accidental Graphic Novelist

    8. Matt James
    See What Sticks: Planning A Picture Book

    Session C  1:25 – 2:45  Choose one of 9, 10, 11, 12

    9. Teresa Toten moderates with Susan Rich, Editor-at-Large for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers & Tara Wakler, Editorial Director, Tundra Books
    Industry Panel: The State of the States

    10. Shelley Tanaka
    Master Level Writing: Whose Voice Is It, Anyway?

    11. Holly Kent
    Social Media for Authors & Illustrators: Reaching Readers Online

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER  3pm

    Susin Nielsen
    Confessions of a Word Nerd

    A Deal You Shouldn’t Miss...

    New to CANSCAIP? Want to find out what being CANSCAIP Friend is all about? Join the community and keep growing as a writer or illustrator. Expand on what you learn from our exciting lineup of workshops and grow your network of children's culture creators as well.

    How? By joining CANSCAIP as a Friend!

    As a Friend you receive our quarterly newsletter, The CANSCAIP News, featuring profiles of our professional members explaining how they practice their craft, up-to-date marketing information and cross-country news about what’s happening in the children's literature community.

    On our website, you have access by password to a Members/Friends-only section that includes useful and informative articles plus a Critique Exchange.

    As a first-time Friend, join at the special PYI fee of $35 (regularly $45) when you send your application with your registration form.

    CANSCAIP PYI Partners

    CANSCAIP acknowledges the generous support of our conference partner Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts.

     

    • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • L Building, Humber College Lakeshore Campus, 21 Colonel Samuel Smith Drive, Toronto, ON, M8V 1K8
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    CANSCAIP presents our inaugural full-day

    PYI Pitch Perfect! 

    SUNDAY October 19th, 2014

    Canada's oldest and largest conference for building the craft and business of writing, illustrating and performing children's culture has teamed up with Humber to bring CANSCAIPers a specialized PYI follow-up workshop and critique day with top editors and art directors.

    Who will benefit most? This workshop day is for CANSCAIPers who have a completed manuscript or portfolio ready to go out to market. Learn how to get your current project published, and how well it fits with industry needs. From picture books to young adult novels, we want to see your work!

    ONLY 27 spots for writers and 9 for illustrators!

    The morning will begin with an industry panel focused on CATCHING THE EDITOR/ART DIRECTOR'S EYE. Michael Solomon, art director with Groundwood, leads a discussion with Shelley Tanaka of Groundwood and Tara Walker of Tundra Books on what makes a project stand out.

    The afternoon session will include: 
    • two critique sessions with two different leaders
    • peer feedback
    • questions with your table leader
    Writers will be required to submit a short synopsis of their manuscript and a 500 word sample before the conference.

    Illustrators will develop illustrations for a piece of text over a six week period before the conference.  The finished pieces will be reviewed during the first critique session.  Personal portfolios will be reviewed during the second session.

    Additional details will be posted here and sent to participants

    CRITIQUE ROUNDTABLE LEADERS








    REGISTRATION 9am

    PANEL 9:30am - 11am

    Lunch (on your own) 11am-12:30pm

    Roundtable One 12:30pm-2pm

    Roundtable Two 2:30pm- 4pm

    The entire day, including morning coffee and tea, is only $200.00. No lunch is served; please bring your own!

    Schedule At A Glance


    Refund Policy: Cancellation fee is $45.00 before September 5. No refund after September 5.

    For more information, please email office@canscaip.org or call (416) 515-1559.

    A Deal You Shouldn’t Miss...

    New to CANSCAIP? Want to find out what being CANSCAIP Friend is all about? Join the community and keep growing as a writer or illustrator. Expand on what you learn from our exciting lineup of workshops and grow your network of children's culture creators as well.

    How? By joining CANSCAIP as a Friend!

    As a Friend you receive our quarterly newsletter, The CANSCAIP News, featuring profiles of our professional members explaining how they practice their craft, up-to-date marketing information and cross-country news about what’s happening in the children's literature community.

    On our website, you have access by password to a Members/Friends-only section that includes useful and informative articles plus a Critique Exchange.

    As a first-time Friend, join at the special PYI fee of $35 (regularly $45) when you send your application with your registration form.

    CANSCAIP PYI Partners

    CANSCAIP acknowledges the generous support of our conference partner Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts.

       


    • Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    War Writing - details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.

    • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Storytelling - details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.
    • Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.
    • Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.
    • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.
    • Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Room 200, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.
    • Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 200, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
    Details to follow.

    ATTEND MEETINGS AT: Room 224, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

    Parking: There are several Green P's within walking distance.
    Transit: Just north of the Eglinton subway stop on the Yonge line.

Past events

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 June meeting
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 May meeting
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Toronto Meeting - April
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 CANSCAIP AGM
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 CANCELLED - Toronto Meeting - March
Monday, March 03, 2014 Writing for Children Competition
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Toronto Meeting - February
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Toronto Meeting - January
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Toronto Meeting - December
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - December
Sunday, November 17, 2013 PYI 2013 Get Published Bootcamp
Saturday, November 16, 2013 VIRTUAL Packaging Your Imagination 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013 Packaging Your Imagination 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Toronto Meeting - November
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Toronto Meeting - October
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - October
Friday, September 20, 2013 CANSCAIP's Prairie Horizons Conference
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Toronto Meeting - September
Saturday, August 17, 2013 August Atlantic Region Meeting
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - August
Saturday, July 13, 2013 July Atlantic Region Meeting
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Toronto Meeting - June
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - June BBQ & Buzz
Saturday, May 25, 2013 Yes Oui CANSCAIP (CANSCAIP Quebec) Imagine A Story Conference
Monday, May 13, 2013 Toronto Meeting - May
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 May Atlantic Region meeting
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Toronto Meeting - April
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2013 Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - April
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 March Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Montreal February Meeting
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 February Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - February
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 January Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 December Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 November Montreal Meeting
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 November Monthly Meeting
Saturday, November 10, 2012 Packaging Your Imagination 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012 CANSCAIP Montreal Meeting
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 October Monthly Meeting: Illustrators Night
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 CANSCAIP Edmonton Meeting
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 September Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 June Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 EDMONTON CANSCAIP meeting
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 May Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 April Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2012 Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 March Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 February Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 January Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 December Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 November Monthly Meeting
Saturday, November 05, 2011 Packaging Your Imagination 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011 Prairie Horizons Conference
Saturday, May 28, 2011 Imagine a Story
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