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

NOTES from Past Meetings

To extend the content of our monthly Toronto meetings to our full membership across Canada, we provide notes from these meetings on our website.
  • Thursday, February 02, 2012 4:02 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Toronto Public Library’s annual Young Voices winter workshops offer teens an opportunity to hone their creative writing and art skills under the tutelage of professional writers and artists. The workshops lead up to the March 31 submission deadline for the 2012 issue of Young Voices, Toronto Public Library’s magazine of teen writing and visual art. All Toronto teens age 12-19 are invited to attend the workshops and to submit their poetry, creative prose, hand-drawn black and white artwork, or black and white photos for possible publication in the magazine.

    “For nearly five decades, Young Voices has given Toronto teens a chance to express themselves, supporting them in their creative endeavours and providing a foundation for their future success," says Toronto Public Library children and youth advocate Lisa Heggum.

    What: Looney Poems Poetry Workshop with Poet Matthew Tierney
    Where: Runnymede Branch (2178 Bloor St. W., two blocks east of the Runnymede subway stop)
    When: Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 p.m.
    Who: Wile E. Coyote is just like a poet. He aims the highest and falls the farthest. Toronto poet Matthew Tierney shows you how to make your writing explode with humour.

    What: Keeping it Fresh: Drawing with Sharpies with Artist Michael Brown
    Where: Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St., north of the Yonge/Bloor subway stop)
    When: Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m.
    Who: Uncap a fresh sharpie with Toronto artist Michael Brown and let your drawing run wild.

    What: WordPlay Writing Workshop with Writer Karen Krossing
    Where: Cedarbrae Branch (545 Markham Rd., south of Lawrence)
    When: Thursday, March 15, 3 p.m.
    Who: Author Karen Krossing helps teens rediscover the fun of writing at this hands on workshop.

    Teens interested in submitting to Young Voices are encouraged to pick up a submission form at their local branch, or submit their entry online at

    For more info, or to register for the workshops, contact Ken Sparling 416-397-5970,
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:16 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    A children’s literature conference organized by graduate students will be held at the University of British Columbia on Saturday, April 28, 2012. This is a one-day conference showcasing graduate research that explores and questions any facet of children’s literature. They are particularly interested in research that draws upon the broadly interpreted themes of navigation, exploration, and narrative. The conference fee is $18 for students and presenters, and $35 for faculty and professionals. It includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch. For more information, go to

  • Monday, January 09, 2012 4:23 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Sarah Ellis will be the Writer in Residence at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library, February 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012.

    Sarah is a contemporary Canadian children’s author. Her works include Back of Beyond, The Baby Project, Out of the Blue and Next Stop. In 1991, Sarah won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Pick Up Sticks. She is also the recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Body of Work Award. Her books have now been published in five countries.

    For more information about the Writer in Residence program and how to submit a manuscript for critique by Sarah Ellis, go to The deadline to submit is January 13, 2012.
  • Monday, January 09, 2012 4:21 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is offering HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST, a professional development symposium for writers.

    Whether you are an aspiring writer wanting to develop your audience before publication; an emerging writer who needs to stay visible; or long-published and looking for new tips and techniques, this full-day workshop is for you.

    Authors Elizabeth Ruth and Ann Douglas will present on traditional but innovative book marketing strategies as well as new media opportunities for writers. Kelly Duffin, Executive Director of TWUC, will update participants on the latest evolutions in the publishing landscape.

    The price of the workshop is $89.00 and covers costs, including lunch, $75 for members of TWUC. For those who can’t attend in one of the participating cities, a 3-hour webinar will be offered, distilling the highlights of the workshop. Registration forms can be printed from The Writers’ Union of Canada’s website at

    For more information, please contact: Valerie Laws at
  • Friday, December 16, 2011 9:51 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are nominees:

    Red Cedar Book Award

    Information Book Nominees 2011-2012

    • Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada, written by Beryl Young, Ronsdale Press
    • The Insecto-files, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Claudia Davila, Maple Tree Press
    • Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers, written by Kristin Butcher, illustrated by Martha Newbigging, Annick Press
    • Animal Aha! Thrilling Discoveries in Wildlife Science, written by Diane Swanson, Annick Press
    • It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Bill Slavin, Tundra Books
    • Whispers from the Ghettos, written by Kathy Kacer and Sharon McKay, Penguin Books
    • You Are Weird: Your Body’s Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions, written by Diane Swanson, illustrated by Kathy Boake, Kids Can Press
    • Kaboom! Explosions of all Kinds, written by Gillian Richardson, Annick Press

    Fiction Nominees 2011-2012

    • The Dread Crew: Pirate of the Backwoods, written by Kate Inglis, illustrated by Sydney Smith, Nimbus Publishing
    • Wanting Mor, written by Rukhsana Khan, Groundwood Books
    • Walking Backward, written by Catherine Austen, Orca Books
    • After the Fire, written by Becky Citra, Orca Books
    • Zoobreak, written by Gordon Korman, Scholastic
    • Dear Canada: A Desperate Road to Freedom, written by Karleen Bradford, Scholastic

    Winners will be announced in May 2012.

  • Monday, November 28, 2011 1:07 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Poet Steven Withrow, along with a fifteen-member advisory board including CANSCAIPer Carol-Ann Hoyte, has created Poetry Advocates for Children & Young Adults (PACYA).

    PACYA is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting poetry for every age group. PACYA is dedicated to:
    • speaking out for the need to engage with poetry at every age level.
    • creating a global online for hub for news, reviews, essays and interviews; learning/scholarly resources; communication and networking; audiovisual archives; collaborative projects; and more.
    • organizing and promoting readings, awards, workshops and conference in North American and internationally.
    For more information, check out PACYA's blog.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:38 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees this month:

    2011 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize Award

    Uirapurú (pronounced oor-a-pur-u), written by P.K Page and illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman, Oolichan Books

    OLA Forest of Reading Nominees

    Blue Spruce Nominees

    A Flock of Shoes, Sarah Tsiang, Qin Leng, Annick Press

    Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!, Marie-Louise Gay, Groundwood Books

    Stanley’s Little Sister, Linda Bailey, Bill Slavin, Kids Can Press

    Silver Birch Fiction Nominees

    Better Than Weird, Anna Kerz, Orca Book Publishers

    Crossing to Freedom, Virginia Frances Schwartz, Scholastic Canada

    Ghosts of the Titanic, Julie Lawson, Scholastic Canada

    The Glory Wind, Valerie Sherrard, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction, Kevin Sylvester, Simon and Schuster Canada

    That Boy Red, Rachna Gilmore, Harper Collins

    Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominees

    Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science, Susan Hughes, Michael Wandelmaier, Kids Can Press

    Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You, Catherine Rondina, Kevin Sylvester, Kids Can Press

    Game Day: Meet the People Who Make It Happen, Kevin Sylvester, Annick Press

    Highway of Heroes, Kathy Stinson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Who Wants Pizza? The Kids’ Guide to the History, Science & Culture of Food, Jan Thornhill, Maple Tree Press

    Silver Birch Express Nominees

    All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine, Monica Kulling, Bill Slavin, Tundra Books

    Banjo of Destiny, Cary Fagan, Selçuk Demirel, Groundwood Books

    Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Wallace, Groundwood Books

    The Last Loon, Rebecca Upjohn, Orca Book Publishers

    Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet, Janet Wilson, Second Story Press

    Saving Arm Pit, Natalie Hyde, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean, Jan Andrews, Dušan Petričić, Groundwood Books

    Red Maple Fiction Nominees

    Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom, Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books

    Dust City, Robert Paul Weston, Penguin Group

    Fly Boy, Eric Walters, Penguin Group

    Half Brother, Kenneth Oppel, Harper Collins Canada

    Home Truths, Jill MacLean, Dancing Cat Books

    No Safe Place, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Thunder Over Kandahar, Sharon E. McKay, Rafal Gerszak (photographs), Annick Press

    White Pine Fiction Nominees

    The Fifth Rule, Don Aker, Harper Collins Publishers

    The Gathering, Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada

    White Pine Non-Fiction Nominees

    Nice Recovery, Susan Juby, Penguin Group Canada/Viking Canada

    Golden Oak Nominees

    Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Wallace, Groundwood Books

    Highway of Heroes, Kathy Stinson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    No Safe Place, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Our Earth: How Kids Are Saving the Planet, Janet Wilson, Second Story Press

    Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, Jody Nyasha Warner, Richard Rudnicki, Groundwood Books

    2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Medalists

    Pre-Teen Fiction - Fantasy

    Bronze (tie): Kingdom of Trolls, by Rae Bridgman (Sybertooth Inc.)

    Pre-Teen Fiction - Historical/Cultural

    Gold: Ghost Messages, by Jacqueline Guest (Coteau Books for Kids)

    Silver (tie): Hannah & the Spindle Whorl, by Carol Anne Shaw (Ronsdale Press)

    Young Adult Fiction - General

    Silver: Signs of Martha, by Sarah Raymond (Great Plains Teen Fiction)
    Bronze (tie): Drummer Girl, by Karen Bass (Coteau Books)

    Hamilton Arts Council Children & Young Adult Book

    Last Chance for Paris, by Sylvia McNicoll, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    (This award is sponsored by Reliable Life Insurance.)

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:36 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Whispered Words is an open-genre, open-form prose competition run by the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. The $1000 first prize includes publication in the Whispered Words literary anthology. The $400 second prize winner, $200 third place winner and selected honourable mentions will also be published in the anthology. All published entries receive a $25 payment and a contributor’s copy, and every entry receives written feedback from the judges. The maximum word count is 1000 words. The entry fee is just $20 Canadian – $25 for international entries.

    Whispered Words is also running a cover design contest. The prize is $150, publication on the cover of the Whispered Words anthology, plus a contributor’s copy. Entry fee is $5 Canadian.

    Both contests close November 30, 2011. Winners will be announced in March 2012. Online submissions only. Payment by PayPal, or mail a cheque or money order to The Writers’ Community of Durham Region, Bayly Postal Outlet, PO Box 14558, 75 Bayly Street West, Ajax, Ontario, Canada L1S 7K7. For complete contest details, visit or e-mail>

  • Thursday, November 10, 2011 3:22 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild will be holding a Winter Retreat at St Peter’s Abbey February 3-24, 2012. Cost is $300 per week for Saskatchewan Writers' Guild or CARFAC SASK members (Saskatchewan Residents), $475 (Out of Province residents, members of SWG or CARFAC SASK ) or $550 per week (Out of Province residents, non-members of SWG or CARFAC SASK). Deadline for receipt of applications is 4:30 pm, November 30, 2011. Please send completed applications to: Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, Attention Retreat Coordinator, Box 3986, Regina, SK, S4P 3R9. To apply online please visit: For more information, please contact the retreat coordinator at
  • Thursday, November 10, 2011 3:13 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Who wants a brand new iPad? CANSCAIP Members and Friends who enroll in the Writers’ Coalition Benefits Program by December 23rd just might win a shiny new iPad, courtesy of the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society. Go to or and enroll today for your chance to win—whether you get the iPad or not, you’ll be starting 2012 off right with medical, dental and health coverage.

    (A random draw of all new and existing Members will take place at 11:59 pm on December 23rd. The winner will be announced and will receive their prize on December 24th, 2011.)
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