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

    • Friday, September 18, 2015
    • 6:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Sunday, September 20, 2015
    • 10:30 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • St. Michael's Retreat Centre, Lumsden, Saskatchewan


    The 12th bi-annual Prairie Horizons conference will be held September 18-20 at St. Michael's Retreat Centre in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, about half an hour north of Regina. Speakers are Frieda Wishinsky, Ted Staunton, Dakota McFadzean, Anne Shone (senior editor at Scholastic Canada), Gillian Richardson and Alison Lohans.

    On Friday night, 10 participants will pitch their completed picture book or middle grade manuscripts to a panel of three judges, and the three winners will have their manuscripts moved to the top of the slush pile at Scholastic Canada. The evening will end with a candleilight labyrinth walk. Saturday activities include speakers, a Q & A session, a panel, and an open mike. Events wrap up Sunday morning.

    There will be a table for selling books and CDs. Rides to and from the Regina airport or bus depot can be arranged. Early-bird registration closes August 1, and CANSCAIP Friends or Members get a discount on registration fees. Late fees apply after September 1, and the last day to register is September 9.

    For complete conference details, go to http://skcanscaip.wordpress.com. Send questions to prairiehorizons@gmail.com.

    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    • n/a

         


    Call for submissions: Writing for Children Competition

    Deadline September 30, 2015

    CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), in partnership with The Writers' Union of Canada, is pleased to accept submissions by unpublished writers for the 18th annual Writing for Children Competition. A goal of the competition is to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of children's literature across Canada. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015.

    In previous years, the Writing for Children Competition awarded one cash prize. This year, there will be two $1,000 winners

    • picture book/early reader 
    • chapter book/middle grade/young adult  

    Eight additional finalists in these reading age categories will also be selected

    The entries of the eight finalists and two winners will be submitted to Canadian children's publishers for consideration. Some previous finalists and winners of the Writing for Children Competition have had their entries published.

    The Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996. The competition has grown in popularity since its inception, and in 2014 CANSCAIP took on this initiative as a partnership with TWUC.

    ELIGIBLE WRITERS

    • Writers who have not been published in book format (including e-book and self-published) in any genre for children or adults  
    • Writers who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher
    • Writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents 

    ELIGIBLE ENTRIES

    • Up to 1,500 words of text in English; entries can be excerpts or chapters from longer works, or complete texts of shorter works, to total of 1500 words (or less)
    • Entries must not have been previously published in book form (including e-book or self-published)
    • Fiction or non-fiction is eligible
    • Text only; no illustrations
    • Reading age categories: picture book (ages 2 to 6), early reader (ages 5 to 8), chapter book (ages 7 to 10), middle grade (ages 9 to 12), young adult (ages 13 and up)
    • Typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, pages numbered   
    • Submission emailed as PDF attachment
    • Hard copy entries are not eligible and will not be returned.                         
    HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES
    • An entry consists of a writing submission of up to 1,500 words PLUS a one-page cover letter.
    • Each page of the writing submission should be numbered, with your name and the title on the top of each page. 
    • Include in the cover letter: 
    1. your name, address, phone number, e-mail 
    2. summary of your writing experience
    3. title of submission, genre, reading age category (e.g. picture book, chapter book), fiction or non-fiction
    4. submission's place in the story (e.g. first chapter)
    5. summary of the complete story
    6. additional information as needed
    • Submit writing submission and cover letter as a single PDF: cover letter first, followed by writing submission.
    • For multiple entries, send each entry in a separate email.
    • In email subject line include: WFC 2015 - Your Name - Title of Entry - Reading Age Category 
    • Email submissions to office@canscaip.org.
    • NOTE: Register and pay the entry fee before emailing your entry.

    ENTRY FEE

    • The entry fee is $30 for one writing submission, $50 for two submissions, and $75 for three submissions.
    • If not already a Friend member of CANSCAIP, you can join for just $35 (regular $45 per year)
    • Entry fees can be paid online as part of the submission process. Use the REGISTER button at the top of this page. Online payment is by Visa or MasterCard, with credit card payments processed through PayPal (entrants don’t need to have a PayPal account).
    • Entry fee can also be a cheque mailed to:

    CANSCAIP
    Writing for Children Competition
    720 Bathurst Street, Suite 503
    Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

    FIRST READERS AND JURY PANELS

    • The first readers for the entries will be a group of published writers with experience in the genre of the submission. These first readers will select and recommend a shortlist of the best submissions. These shortlisted submissions will be sent to the jury panels.
    • There will be a jury panel comprised of three published authors to evaluate and select from the shortlisted submissions for chapter books/middle grade and young adult. There will also be a jury panel comprised of three published authors to evaluate and select from the shortlisted submissions for picture books/easy readers. 
    • Each of the jury panels will determine five finalists, including one winner. 
    • The selected entries of the ten finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children's publishers for consideration.

    RESULTS

    • Only the finalists will be contacted.
    • Results will be posted at www.canscaip.org.

    DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES

    • Deadline for entries is September 30, 2015


    • Saturday, November 14, 2015
    • 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
    • L Building, Humber College Lakeshore Campus, 21 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Toronto

    OUR 31st YEAR!



    PACKAGING YOUR IMAGINATION
    Saturday, November 14, 2015
    Humber College Lakeshore Campus, Toronto

    What's at PYI this year?
    • More sessions: choose 4 hour-long advanced, beginner or intermediate sessions (previous years offered 3 sessions) PLUS 2 keynote sessions
    • Keynotes: Loris Lesynski and Linda Granfield
    • Option: One-to-One expert evaluations of your manuscript or portfolio; One-to-One marketing evaluation of your author website or social media (NEW!) 
    • Art exhibit featuring CANSCAIP illustrators at on-site gallery
    • Welcome reception on Friday, November 13 at no additional cost (NEW!)
    Can't be there in person? Virtual PYI can be live-streamed to your computer.

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


    PYI GENERAL INFORMATION

    REGISTRATION 
    • Full day of PYI sessions and keynotes is $190, including coffee, snacks and lunch (scroll down for session descriptions and speaker bios)
    • Add One-to-One Evaluations for an additional $75 each (for the One-to-One option you must also be registered for PYI)
    • Welcome reception on Friday, November 13 (6:00 to 8:00 pm), free with PYI registration (includes one free drink ticket)

    SATURDAY SCHEDULE

    • Registration, coffee and muffins: 8:15 to 9:00 am 
    • Coffee, juice and snacks: all day between sessions
    • Opening keynote Loris Lesynski: 9:00 to 9:30 am
    • Morning sessions: 9:45 to 10:45 am (choose 1 of 3)
    • Mid-morning sessions: 11:00 to 12:00 (choose 1 of 3) 
    • Lunch (included): 12:00 to 1:00 pm 
    • Afternoon sessions: 1:00 to 2:00 pm (choose 1 of 3)
    • Mid-afternoon sessions: 2:15 to 3:15 pm (choose 1 of 3)
    • Closing keynote Linda Granfield: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
    • Speakers' books for sale; book signings 4:30 to 5:00 pm
    • One-to-One Evaluations: scheduled from 4:45 to 7:00 pm (optional)
    LOCATION
    • Humber College Lakeshore Campus, L Building, 21 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive (Lakeshore and Kipling), Toronto (map below)
    • Parking is shown on the map below
    • TTC: Kipling 44 South bus from Kipling Subway stops in front of L Building entrance

    LUNCH

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

    REFUND POLICY

    • Refunds with a cancellation fee of $45 until Friday, October 18. We regret no refunds can be offered after that date.

    MORE INFORMATION



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    OPENING KEYNOTE
    9:00 to 9:30 AM

    Loris LesynskiThe Finding, Care and Feeding of Your Writer's Voice (KEYNOTE)

    Loris Lesynski, half-Polski, half-Finnski, writes poems that make people grinski. And also sometimes illustrates them. Fourteen books of rhythmic, funny, rhyming verse have come to be, some as picture book stories (like Boy Soup), some as collections (such as the wildly popular Dirty Dog Boogie), and the latest three “Crazy About” soccer, hockey and basketball.  She also loves speaking to kids, for the fun and the hugely beneficial effects of reciting out loud together. lorislesynski.com

    MORNING SESSIONS
    9:45
    to 10:45 AM
    (Choose one of 1, 2 or 3)

    1. Valerie SherrardThe Lazy Antagonist (MASTER CLASS) 

    Are you getting the most out of your antagonist? A closer look at the role this character plays, as well as a few ways you can inject new life, purpose and depth into the thorn in your protagonist’s side.  
    Valerie Sherrard is the author of 25 books for children and teens. She and her husband Brent, who is also an author, live in Miramichi, New Brunswick. valeriesherrard.blogspot.ca

    2. Andrew LarsonThe ABCs of Picture Books

    You’ve come up with a great idea. In fact, it’s the perfect idea for a picture book story. Now what? In this engaging workshop, explore the journey from inspiration to publication from an author's perspective. Topics will include revisions, submissions, and more. 
    Andrew Larsen has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. He has been publishing them since soon after he became a stay-at-home dad. Andrew’s picture books include The Imaginary Garden, In the Tree House and See You Next Yearandrewlarsen.ca

    3. Sally Keefe CohenNegotiating a Book Contract: The Devil is in the Details

    Must-know info on how to negotiate your way through a typical Canadian book publishing contract and how to choose your battles with your publisher. 
    Sally Keefe Cohen is a Canadian literary consultant, based in Toronto, who has negotiated book contracts for Canadian writers and writers’ estates for over 20 years. Her clients include children’s book authors, illustrators, cookbook authors, academic writers and writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. She acts on behalf of previously unpublished and published authors to ensure that their rights are protected and the most favourable book contract possible is completed.

    MID-MORNING SESSIONS
    11:00
    AM to 12:00 PM
    (Choose one of 4, 5 or 6) 

    4. Crafting Science Fiction and Fantasy Teens Love (PANEL)

    SFF is a genre with a rich history: How do we balance the—half-century-old!—tropes we love with crafting meaningful work for young readers, whose magic worlds and possible futures are built on entirely different assumptions? Join our terrific panelists for a discussion of trope sets, craft pointers and industry trends in YA’s science fiction, fantasy and horror section.

    E. L. Chen is the author of the contemporary fantasy novel The Good Brother. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies such as Masked Mosaic, The Dragon and the Stars and Tesseracts Fifteen, and in magazines such as Strange Horizons and On Spec. elchen.ca

    Megan Crewe is the author of several critically acclaimed novels for teens, including Give Up the Ghost, the Fallen World trilogy, and the Earth & Sky trilogy. She loves all things speculative and fantastical. megancrewe.com

    Maureen McGowan is the award-winning and bestselling author of two popular YA series, including the dystopian thriller series The Dust Chronicles: Deviants, Compliance and Glory. Her exciting, fast-paced novels are enjoyed by teen and adult readers alike. maureenmcgowan.com

    Emily Pohl-Weary's latest Ghost Sick is a collection of poetry about tragedy and resilience in downtown Toronto. Previous books include the YA fantasy, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, a Hugo Award-winning biography of her SF writing grandmother, a ghost love story, a female superhero anthology, and a girl pirate comic. She's currently working on a new teen novel. emilypohlweary.com

    MODERATOR: Leah Bobet is a novelist, editor and bookseller with Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada's oldest science fiction bookstore. Her debut, Above, was short-listed for the Prix Aurora Award and the Andre Norton Award and commended by the CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens; her second, An Inheritance of Ashes, will appear from Scholastic in October 2015. leahbobet.com

    5. Werner ZimmermanMaking Pictures Live: Telling the Visual Story (MASTER CLASS)

    Every picture book has a visual life. It’s more than a collection of images; whether richly complex or elegantly simple, it’s a matter of design. This workshop looks into what makes both the pictures and overall story come alive as well as 10 things you should keep in mind when designing your characters and your visual story. 
    Werner Zimmermann has been writing and illustrating children’s books since his first illustrated book Farmer Joe’s Hot Day in 1987. Since then he’s also taught life drawing, anatomy for artists and picture book illustration at Sheridan, Seneca and Humber Colleges. Nominated for GGs and winner of Mr. Christie and Libris awards, he loves to draw and bring stories to life. wernerzimmermann.ca man4art.ca  

    6. Marsha SkrypuchAuthor Visits: How to Get Them, Do Them and Get Paid

    Author visits are an excellent way to augment income, but how can you carve your own niche in this competitive market? Once you get a yes, what happens then? And how do you create the content of the visit itself? Is there a way to transform a single request into more? How do you become a dream visiting author? 
    Marsha Skrypuch is the author of 19 books from JK to adult, fiction and non-fiction. Her awards include two Silver Birches, the Crystal Kite, Red Cedar and the MYRCA. With Valerie Sherrard, she's run Authors' Booking Service for nearly a decade and has arranged thousands of gigs for her fellow book creators. She now limits her own visits to about 100 a year.  www.calla.com

    AFTERNOON SESSIONS
    1:00
    to 2:00 PM
    (Choose one of 7, 8 or 9)

    7. Publishing: What's Up? What's Down? What's Ahead? (PANEL)

    Olga Filina joined The Rights Factory in 2013. She has been sales manager and buyer for national and independent book store chains, and literary assistant at The Cooke Agency. She represents authors of historical fiction, romance, mystery, business, lifestyle and memoir,  and young adult and middle grade novels. 

    Carrie Gleason is a seasoned editor of children's and YA books, and currently managing editor at Dundurn Press. She is also a published children's author.

    Lynne Missen has been editing books for over 25 years, and is Penguin Canada's Publishing Director, Young Readers Group. She has worked with acclaimed Canadian children’s authors Susan Juby, Eric Walters, Kenneth Oppel, Kit Pearson, Valerie Sherrard and Caroline Pignat, among others.

    MODERATOR: David Bennett and his wife, Lynn, founded Transatlantic Agency, developing a client list of talented children’s writers and illustrators whose works he sold into the UK, US, Europe and Canada. Transatlantic is now a full service literary agency covering adult trade, children's and young adult authors, and illustrators.

    8. John MartzCapturing Ideas and Finding Inspiration

    How do we get ideas for illustrations and stories? Where do they come from, and what do we do with them when we have them? How do we recognize the good ones from the bad ones? Learn about keeping a virtual shoe box of inspiration and images, and other methods of capturing new ideas and encouraging creativity.
    John Martz has illustrated children’s picture books including A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, Black and Bittern Was Night and Dear Flyary. He also illustrates comic books, web comics and iPad picture books, and was founding editor of the illustration blog Drawn.ca. johnmartz.com

    9. Wesley KingFinding Your Story (BEGINNER) 

    Been sitting on an idea for years? Are you ready to start your own novel? Participants will learn how to develop their ideas, create an exciting, immersive universe and the characters to go in it, and carve out the necessary time to write their own amazing novels. 
    Wesley King is the award-winning author of The Vindico series and The Incredible Space Raiders (From Space!). His novels have been optioned for film and television and he has visited hundreds of schools across the country. wesleytking.com

    MID-AFTERNOON SESSIONS
    2:15
    to 3:15 PM
    (Choose one of 10, 11 or 12)

    10. Sheila BarryTaking Your Picture Book from Pitch to Publication (MASTER CLASS)

    Are you curious about what happens once an editor decides s/he likes a picture book manuscript? Groundwood Books publisher will give insights into what happens in-house. Discussion topics include what editors consider before an offer to publish is made; what happens during the editorial, illustration and design process; and what to expect after publication. 
    Sheila Barry has been publisher of Groundwood Books since 2012. She speaks and writes frequently on all aspects of children's book publishing, and is currently serving as Vice-President for both the Book and Periodical Council and the Canadian chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada). 

    11. Hugh BrewsterKeeping it Real: Writing Non-Fiction for Young Readers

    There’s a story from history or from real life that has fired your imagination. Or maybe you just like the idea of writing non-fiction and are in search of ideas. This workshop will walk you through the process––from the idea stage right through to the writing, publishing and promoting of real stories for real kids. 
    Hugh Brewster has over 40 years of experience at writing, editing and publishing non-fiction for young readers.  He is the author of 15 books including award winners At Vimy Ridge, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and On Juno Beach.   hughbrewster.com

    12. Ishta Mercurio & Sheryl ShapiroSecrets of Great Submissions

    You’ve written your manuscript. You’ve revised it (and revised it, and revised it...). Your portfolio looks great. You’re ready to take the next step! But how? Learn the basics of writing query letters and submissions in this workshop that will give you the tools to identify the difference between a good one and a GREAT one.  
    Ishta Mercurio has been writing and critiquing queries since 2009. Her first query was awful, but her most recent query was great enough to get her several full requests and an offer of representation. Her first book, Bite into Bloodsuckers, is coming in 2015. She blogs about queries and other writerly things at ishtamercurio.blogspot.com.
    Sheryl Shapiro has been creative director / art director / designer at Annick Press for almost 25 years. A few years after completing four years of training in fine arts and teaching, she changed careers, graduating from OCAD in editorial design. Sheryl has also co-authored children’s books and worked in other areas of design.

    CLOSING KEYNOTE 
    3:30 to 4:30 PM

    Linda GranfieldTips for Creatively-Inclined Girls and Guys

    Linda Granfield is the award-winning author of 30 non-fiction history titles for adult and young readers, such as In Flanders Fields and The Road To Afghanistan. She has conducted research for documentary films and is an associate historian for the Royal Canadian Air Force. She also successfully lobbied for the Year of the War Bride in Ontario. She has presented remembrance programs to young readers in schools, at the Canadian War Museum and at the National World War I Museum in the United States. Over 15 years of research have gone into her current (adult) book project that deals with the Rape of Nanking in 1937. lindagranfield.com

    BOOK SIGNINGS 
    4:30
    to 5:00 PM

    Books by the speakers will be available to purchase on-site. 

    ONE-TO-ONE EVALUATIONS
    4:45 to 7:00 PM

    Space runs out quickly for these unique and highly useful sessions pairing individual participants with industry experts.  Formerly called Pitch Perfect and focused on evaluations of manuscripts and illustration portfolios, One-to-One has been expanded to include author websites and social media. Plus, by popular demand, these sessions have been lengthened from 10 minutes to 15 minutes.

    Each One-to-One participant communicates directly with an expert about writing, illustrating or (NEW!) website/social-media development. Manuscripts, illustrations and websites are submitted to the experts for evaluation a few weeks ahead of the conference, in preparation for the One-to-One meetings with the creators.

    Registration for the Packaging Your Registration conference is required for One-to-One sessions (you can’t register for One-to-One only).

    ONE-TO-ONE EXPERTS

    David Bennett is the founder of Transatlantic Agency, a full service literary agency covering adult trade, children's and young adult authors, and illustrators.  

    Olga Filina is an agent at The Rights Factory. She represents authors of young adult and middle grade novels.  

    Carrie Gleason is currently managing editor at Dundurn Press. She is also a published children's author.

    Sheryl Shapiro is the creative director / art director / designer at Annick Press. 

    Joyce Grant held high-level marketing positions with multi-national corporations and co-owned a small ad agency where she created award-winning marketing campaigns. She has three picture books in her Gabby series (illustrated by Jan Dolby), and is writing an middle-grade baseball novel to be published in 2016. joycegrantauthor.com

    Angela Misri spent 14 years at the CBC Radio making websites and leading its digital strategy. She writes a YA detective series called A Portia Adams Adventure and co-owns The Plot Goes Viral with Joyce Grant. She is also the host of the video blog for Books Go Social on YouTube. aportiaadamsadventure.com

    ONE-TO-ONE FOR WRITERS
    Receive a 15-minute, One-to-One critique session with an agent or editor on a 1,000-word excerpt/chapter from your manuscript (one work). We suggest the excerpt/chapter be an opening scene or a scene that does not require set up. (If the submission is for a picture book, 1,000 words may be the entire text.) 

    One-to-One participants will be requested to submit their excerpt/chapter a few weeks ahead, for the agent or editor to evaluate in preparation for the 15-minute session with you. (Unlike previous years, we are not asking writers to submit a “pitch paragraph” to introduce the work.) 

    Complete information and schedules will be emailed directly to the registered One-to-One participants, about a month prior to the conference.

    ONE-TO-ONE FOR ILLUSTRATORS
    Receive a 15-minute, One-to-One portfolio critique with an art director. Artwork is not previously submitted. Illustrators bring 10 completed illustrations for critique plus relevant thumbnails and sketches. Illustrators may bring more work, but it may or may not be critiqued as time allows. 

    Complete information and schedules will be emailed directly to the registered One-to-One participants about a month prior to the conference.

    ONE-TO-ONE FOR WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA (NEW)
    Published authors and illustrators (and unpublished too) will benefit from a 15-minute One-to-One review of their author website, Facebook author page or Goodreads author page. You'll get expert advice on practical, simple changes you can implement right away to upgrade your brand, help build your reader community, and better market and sell your books. One-to-One participants will be requested to s
    ubmit links to their website, Facebook and/or Goodreads author pages a few weeks ahead, for our experts to evaluate in preparation for the 15-minute session with you. 

    Complete information and schedules will be emailed directly to the registered One-to-One participants about a month prior to the conference.

    BE OUR FRIENDSPECIAL PYI DEAL!

    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, 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.

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


    • Saturday, November 14, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Your computer


    VIRTUAL
    PACKAGING YOUR IMAGINATION
    Saturday, November 14, 2015

    Live-Streamed to Your Computer in Real Time

    What's at PYI this year?
    • More sessions: choose 4 hour-long session (previous years offered 3 sessions) PLUS 2 keynote sessions
    • Advanced-, beginner- and intermediate-level sessions
    • Two keynotes: Loris Lesynski and Linda Granfield

    CANSCAIP is proud to partner with the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) to deliver Virtual Packaging Your Imagination 2015 via Blackboard Collaborate.


    VIRTUAL PYI INFORMATION

    HOW IT WORKS
    • Virtual PYI is live-streamed to your computer in real time, for an experience that is almost as good as being there. Virtual PYI participants can even send questions to the speaker during the Q&A.
    • Virtual PYI participants receive clear and simple directions for access. Not much of a techie? If you know how to Google search, follow links, and open emailed attachments, you have the know-how to participate in Virtual PYI. 
    • To facilitate the live-streaming of Virtual PYI, the conference speakers wear lapel microphones, and high-quality video cameras follow their presentations. Speakers' visuals are uploaded ahead of time and pre-tested for Virtual PYI.
    • A dedicated Virtual PYI moderator monitors the virtual delivery of each session. If you have any questions or problems, let the moderator know and they will respond immediately. When Virtual PYI participants send questions for the speaker, the moderator asks the speaker that question. 
    • In 2014, the Virtual PYI experience was seamless with excellent reception quality and great participant feedback. This exciting option will be even better in 2015. 


    REGISTRATION 
    • Full day of Virtual PYI sessions and keynotes is $125 (scroll down for session descriptions and speaker bios)

    SCHEDULE

    • Opening keynote Loris Lesynski: 9:00 to 9:30 am EST
    • Morning sessions: 9:45 to 10:45 am EST (choose 1 of 3)
    • Mid-morning sessions: 11:00 to 12:00 EST (choose 1 of 3) 
    • Lunch Break 
    • Afternoon sessions: 1:00 to 2:00 pm EST (choose 1 of 3)
    • Mid-afternoon sessions: 2:15 to 3:15 pm EST (choose 1 of 3)
    • Closing keynote Linda Granfield: 3:30 to 4:30 pm EST
    LOCATION
    • Your computer

    REFUND POLICY

    • Refunds with a cancellation fee of $45 until Friday, October 18. We regret no refunds can be offered after that date.

    MORE INFORMATION

    OPENING KEYNOTE
    9:00 to 9:30 AM

    Loris LesynskiThe Finding, Care and Feeding of Your Writer's Voice (KEYNOTE)

    Loris Lesynski, half-Polski, half-Finnski, writes poems that make people grinski. And also sometimes illustrates them. Fourteen books of rhythmic, funny, rhyming verse have come to be, some as picture book stories (like Boy Soup), some as collections (such as the wildly popular Dirty Dog Boogie), and the latest three “Crazy About” soccer, hockey and basketball.  She also loves speaking to kids, for the fun and the hugely beneficial effects of reciting out loud together. lorislesynski.com

    MORNING SESSIONS
    9:45
    to 10:45 AM
    (Choose one of 1, 2 or 3)

    1. Valerie SherrardThe Lazy Antagonist (MASTER CLASS) 

    Are you getting the most out of your antagonist? A closer look at the role this character plays, as well as a few ways you can inject new life, purpose and depth into the thorn in your protagonist’s side.  
    Valerie Sherrard is the author of 25 books for children and teens. She and her husband Brent, who is also an author, live in Miramichi, New Brunswick. valeriesherrard.blogspot.ca

    2. Andrew LarsonThe ABCs of Picture Books

    You’ve come up with a great idea. In fact, it’s the perfect idea for a picture book story. Now what? In this engaging workshop, explore the journey from inspiration to publication from an author's perspective. Topics will include revisions, submissions, and more. 
    Andrew Larsen has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. He has been publishing them since soon after he became a stay-at-home dad. Andrew’s picture books include The Imaginary Garden, In the Tree House and See You Next Yearandrewlarsen.ca

    3. Sally Keefe CohenNegotiating a Book Contract: The Devil is in the Details

    Must-know info on how to negotiate your way through a typical Canadian book publishing contract and how to choose your battles with your publisher. 
    Sally Keefe Cohen is a Canadian literary consultant, based in Toronto, who has negotiated book contracts for Canadian writers and writers’ estates for over 20 years. Her clients include children’s book authors, illustrators, cookbook authors, academic writers and writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. She acts on behalf of previously unpublished and published authors to ensure that their rights are protected and the most favourable book contract possible is completed.

    MID-MORNING SESSIONS
    11:00
    AM to 12:00 PM
    (Choose one of 4, 5 or 6) 

    4. Crafting Science Fiction and Fantasy Teens Love (PANEL)

    SFF is a genre with a rich history: How do we balance the—half-century-old!—tropes we love with crafting meaningful work for young readers, whose magic worlds and possible futures are built on entirely different assumptions? Join our terrific panelists for a discussion of trope sets, craft pointers and industry trends in YA’s science fiction, fantasy and horror section.

    E. L. Chen is the author of the contemporary fantasy novel The Good Brother. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies such as Masked Mosaic, The Dragon and the Stars and Tesseracts Fifteen, and in magazines such as Strange Horizons and On Spec. elchen.ca

    Megan Crewe is the author of several critically acclaimed novels for teens, including Give Up the Ghost, the Fallen World trilogy, and the Earth & Sky trilogy. She loves all things speculative and fantastical. megancrewe.com

    Maureen McGowan is the award-winning and bestselling author of two popular YA series, including the dystopian thriller series The Dust Chronicles: Deviants, Compliance and Glory. Her exciting, fast-paced novels are enjoyed by teen and adult readers alike. maureenmcgowan.com

    Emily Pohl-Weary's latest Ghost Sick is a collection of poetry about tragedy and resilience in downtown Toronto. Previous books include the YA fantasy, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, a Hugo Award-winning biography of her SF writing grandmother, a ghost love story, a female superhero anthology, and a girl pirate comic. She's currently working on a new teen novel. emilypohlweary.com

    MODERATOR: Leah Bobet is a novelist, editor and bookseller with Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada's oldest science fiction bookstore. Her debut, Above, was short-listed for the Prix Aurora Award and the Andre Norton Award and commended by the CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens; her second, An Inheritance of Ashes, will appear from Scholastic in October 2015. leahbobet.com

    5. Werner ZimmermanMaking Pictures Live: Telling the Visual Story (MASTER CLASS)

    Every picture book has a visual life. It’s more than a collection of images; whether richly complex or elegantly simple, it’s a matter of design. This workshop looks into what makes both the pictures and overall story come alive as well as 10 things you should keep in mind when designing your characters and your visual story. 
    Werner Zimmermann has been writing and illustrating children’s books since his first illustrated book Farmer Joe’s Hot Day in 1987. Since then he’s also taught life drawing, anatomy for artists and picture book illustration at Sheridan, Seneca and Humber Colleges. Nominated for GGs and winner of Mr. Christie and Libris awards, he loves to draw and bring stories to life. wernerzimmermann.ca man4art.ca  

    6. Marsha SkrypuchAuthor Visits: How to Get Them, Do Them and Get Paid

    Author visits are an excellent way to augment income, but how can you carve your own niche in this competitive market? Once you get a yes, what happens then? And how do you create the content of the visit itself? Is there a way to transform a single request into more? How do you become a dream visiting author? 
    Marsha Skrypuch is the author of 19 books from JK to adult, fiction and non-fiction. Her awards include two Silver Birches, the Crystal Kite, Red Cedar and the MYRCA. With Valerie Sherrard, she's run Authors' Booking Service for nearly a decade and has arranged thousands of gigs for her fellow book creators. She now limits her own visits to about 100 a year.  www.calla.com

    AFTERNOON SESSIONS
    1:00
    to 2:00 PM
    (Choose one of 7, 8 or 9)

    7. Publishing: What's Up? What's Down? What's Ahead? (PANEL)

    Olga Filina joined The Rights Factory in 2013. She has been sales manager and buyer for national and independent book store chains, and literary assistant at The Cooke Agency. She represents authors of historical fiction, romance, mystery, business, lifestyle and memoir,  and young adult and middle grade novels. 

    Carrie Gleason is a seasoned editor of children's and YA books, and currently managing editor at Dundurn Press. She is also a published children's author.

    Lynne Missen has been editing books for over 25 years, and is Penguin Canada's Publishing Director, Young Readers Group. She has worked with acclaimed Canadian children’s authors Susan Juby, Eric Walters, Kenneth Oppel, Kit Pearson, Valerie Sherrard and Caroline Pignat, among others.

    MODERATOR: David Bennett and his wife, Lynn, founded Transatlantic Agency, developing a client list of talented children’s writers and illustrators whose works he sold into the UK, US, Europe and Canada. Transatlantic is now a full service literary agency covering adult trade, children's and young adult authors, and illustrators.

    8. John MartzCapturing Ideas and Finding Inspiration

    How do we get ideas for illustrations and stories? Where do they come from, and what do we do with them when we have them? How do we recognize the good ones from the bad ones? Learn about keeping a virtual shoe box of inspiration and images, and other methods of capturing new ideas and encouraging creativity.
    John Martz has illustrated children’s picture books including A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, Black and Bittern Was Night and Dear Flyary. He also illustrates comic books, web comics and iPad picture books, and was founding editor of the illustration blog Drawn.ca. johnmartz.com

    9. Wesley KingFinding Your Story (BEGINNER) 

    Been sitting on an idea for years? Are you ready to start your own novel? Participants will learn how to develop their ideas, create an exciting, immersive universe and the characters to go in it, and carve out the necessary time to write their own amazing novels. 
    Wesley King is the award-winning author of The Vindico series and The Incredible Space Raiders (From Space!). His novels have been optioned for film and television and he has visited hundreds of schools across the country. wesleytking.com

    MID-AFTERNOON SESSIONS
    2:15
    to 3:15 PM
    (Choose one of 10, 11 or 12)

    10. Sheila BarryTaking Your Picture Book from Pitch to Publication (MASTER CLASS)

    Are you curious about what happens once an editor decides s/he likes a picture book manuscript? Groundwood Books publisher will give insights into what happens in-house. Discussion topics include what editors consider before an offer to publish is made; what happens during the editorial, illustration and design process; and what to expect after publication. 
    Sheila Barry has been publisher of Groundwood Books since 2012. She speaks and writes frequently on all aspects of children's book publishing, and is currently serving as Vice-President for both the Book and Periodical Council and the Canadian chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada). 

    11. Hugh BrewsterKeeping it Real: Writing Non-Fiction for Young Readers

    There’s a story from history or from real life that has fired your imagination. Or maybe you just like the idea of writing non-fiction and are in search of ideas. This workshop will walk you through the process––from the idea stage right through to the writing, publishing and promoting of real stories for real kids. 
    Hugh Brewster has over 40 years of experience at writing, editing and publishing non-fiction for young readers.  He is the author of 15 books including award winners At Vimy Ridge, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and On Juno Beach.   hughbrewster.com

    12. Ishta Mercurio & Sheryl ShapiroSecrets of Great Submissions

    You’ve written your manuscript. You’ve revised it (and revised it, and revised it...). Your portfolio looks great. You’re ready to take the next step! But how? Learn the basics of writing query letters and submissions in this workshop that will give you the tools to identify the difference between a good one and a GREAT one.  
    Ishta Mercurio has been writing and critiquing queries since 2009. Her first query was awful, but her most recent query was great enough to get her several full requests and an offer of representation. Her first book, Bite into Bloodsuckers, is coming in 2015. She blogs about queries and other writerly things at ishtamercurio.blogspot.com.
    Sheryl Shapiro has been creative director / art director / designer at Annick Press for almost 25 years. A few years after completing four years of training in fine arts and teaching, she changed careers, graduating from OCAD in editorial design. Sheryl has also co-authored children’s books and worked in other areas of design.

    CLOSING KEYNOTE 
    3:30 to 4:30 PM

    Linda GranfieldTips for Creatively-Inclined Girls and Guys

    Linda Granfield is the award-winning author of 30 non-fiction history titles for adult and young readers, such as In Flanders Fields and The Road To Afghanistan. She has conducted research for documentary films and is an associate historian for the Royal Canadian Air Force. She also successfully lobbied for the Year of the War Bride in Ontario. She has presented remembrance programs to young readers in schools, at the Canadian War Museum and at the National World War I Museum in the United States. Over 15 years of research have gone into her current (adult) book project that deals with the Rape of Nanking in 1937. lindagranfield.com

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Past events

Friday, June 19, 2015 Rhyme Crimes: What Make Good Children's Poetry?
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 CANSCAIP Toronto meeting Wed. Jun. 10: Illustrators Night with Julie Kraulis
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 May 13th Meeting NEW LOCATION: North York Central Library; SPEAKERS: Susan Juby & Susin Nielsen (RSVP)
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 Toronto Meeting Wed. Apr. 8; SPEAKERS: Kathy Kacer and Jake Epstein
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 CANSCAIP AGM
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Toronto Meeting - March 11. Join us for Kids' Lit Quiz
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Toronto Meeting - February
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Toronto Meeting - January - Illustrator Night
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Toronto Meeting - December
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Toronto Meeting - November
Sunday, October 19, 2014 PYI Pitch Perfect!
Saturday, October 18, 2014 VIRTUAL PYI
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Packaging Your Imagination 2014
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 Toronto Meeting - October (in Burlington)
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 CANSCAIP Art Show at Humber College, open to the public until Oct 17
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Toronto Meeting Wed. Sept. 10 at 7:00 (we're back at TPL Northern District Branch)
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 REMINDER: Call for submissions artwork show and sale; deadline Sept 4
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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