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

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • Toronto ON
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    PACKAGING YOUR IMAGINATION 
    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    • Fantastic sessions--choose 4 of the 12 offered. (Session descriptions and speaker bios BELOW)
    • Memorable keynote speakers: Itah Sadu and Jan Thornhill 
    • A warm and welcoming day with the CANSCAIP community.

    REGISTRATION FEE

    • $200 for CANSCAIP Friends and Members ($225 for non-members) with lunch and good snacks included. 
    • NOTE: If you're not currently a Friend or Member, to get the $200 rate, please join or renew first and then come back to register for PYI. 
    ONE-TO-ONE EVALUATIONS
    • For an additional $75 with your PYI registration, have a 15-minute meeting with a publisher or other expert for their evaluation of your manuscript, illustration portfolio or author website/social media.  
    • See below for more info on this very popular option. 

    ADDITIONAL SESSIONS ON VIDEO 

    • When you register for PYI, you can order videos of additional sessions for just $10 each. 
    • You can choose four sessions to attend live, and then choose more to watch later on video! 
    LOCATION
    • We're back at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 209 Victoria Street (near Yonge and Dundas), close to subways, hotels, theatres, shopping. 
    • DRIVE: Underground parking is right below the building for $10 a day. 
    • TRANSIT: A short walk from the Dundas and Queen subway stations.  
    ACCOMMODATION 
    • Pantages Hotel is the closest, just across the street from our PYI venue. 
    • Cambridge Suites Hotel and the Marriott Toronto Eaton Centre are a short walk from the PYI venue. 

    VIRTUAL PYI (REGISTRATION OPENS SOON)

    • Can't be there in person? All PYI sessions will be professionally recorded. About two weeks after the live conference, you'll be emailed links to the recordings of your selections. 
    • Virtual PYI is $125 for CANSCAIP Friends and Members ($150 for non-members)
    • Virtual PYI registration will OPEN SOON.

      OPENING KEYNOTE   9:00-9:30 

      The World of Call and Response

      ITAH SADU is an award-winning storyteller, children's author, and co-owner of the bookstore A Different Booklist, specializing in African and Caribbean Canadian literature and diverse resources from around the world. She is a founding member of Different Booklist Cultural Centre - The People’s Residence, a cultural hub at Bathurst and Bloor.  

      MORNING SESSIONS   9:45-10:45 
      (Choose #1, #2 or #3)

      1. The Building Blocks of Picture Books 

      You’ve got an idea for a picture book…now what? How do you structure your manuscript? When do the pictures get added? How does the publisher bring the text and art together? An author, an illustrator and an editor from Pajama Press explain how a picture book gets created, with behind-the-scenes anecdotes about their book-making process. 

      DEBORAH KERBEL is the author of ten books for young readers, with Sun Dog as her debut picture book. Born in England and raised in Toronto, Deborah lives and writes in Thornhill, Ontario. SUZANNE DEL RIZZO loves getting her hands messy, creating illustrations with polymer clay/mixed media. Her author-illustrator debut, My Beautiful Birds was a NY Times Notable Book. She's illustrated two books by Deborah Kerbel, Sun Dog and Before You Were Born. Suzanne lives in Oakville, Ontario.

      2. Eleven Elevating Questions (to make your manuscript even stronger)

      How do you know if you’ve done everything to make your work the best it can be? Use this eleven-point checklist to address essential elements of craft, whether you use an outline or depend on intuition. From Am I using too many words? to Does somebody have a secret? these touchstones will specifically guide your inventive process to a richer and more satisfying result. MARTHE JOCELYN is the author and sometimes illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers. She was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award honouring a distinguished body of work--and she's kept on writing since then!  

      3.  Writing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Books for All Ages

      Fiction or non-fiction, toddlers to teens: all our readers need books that reflect their lives and the world they live in. So how can we ensure our writing is inclusive of the diverse LGBTQ+ community? When writing about identities we don’t share, what questions are important to consider? How can we avoid common tropes and create realistic, authentic characters? ROBIN STEVENSON is the award-winning author of 25 books for kids and teens, including board books (Pride Colors), picture books (Ghost’s Journey) middle-grade (Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community) and YA (When You Get the Chance). 

      MID-MORNING SESSIONS   11:00-12:00
      (Choose #4, #5 or #6) 

      4. Writing, Plain and Simple: Intensifying the emotional landscape of your manuscript through less-is-more storytelling. 

      Emotional stories don’t have to be melodramatic or over-the-top. Often it’s the quiet moments that resonate the loudest. These understated, but intense, moments add authenticity to your story and can move readers in deep and meaningful ways. Focus on creating stories that are quiet, yet powerful--stories that have the power to break your heart and put it together again. HEATHER SMITH is the author of Chicken Girl and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, winner of the 2019 White Pine Award. Her middle grade novel, Ebb & Flow, was shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. A proud Newfoundlander, Heather’s east coast roots inspire much of her writing.

      5. You Can't Change History--or Can You? 

      What makes a good historical novel? How do you capture the feeling of another time in a way that's accessible to modern readers? How do you tackle the necessary research and use it without doing info-dumps? Can you alter known historical facts? GILLIAN CHAN loves doing research and wants to share the tips she has picked up. She is the award-winning author of nine books, five of which have an historical base, ranging through time from the War of 1812 to World War II. Gillian is currently working on a novel about the Norse voyages of exploration. 

      6. Exploring with Mixed Media

      Do you fear the blank page? Crank up your creativity and step out of your comfort zone by learning new techniques for unique ways of illustrating--using collage, pastels, watercolor and more--to help you develop your style more deeply. JOSÉE BISAILLON has illustrated more than 35 picture books and won many awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for The Snow Knows. Her first book as an author-illustrator Reviens sur Terre Esther was published in 2018, translated to English as Come Back to Earth, Esther! in 2019.

      LUNCH  12:00-1:00 
      (lunch is provided)

      AFTERNOON SESSIONS 1:00-2:00
      (Choose #7, #8 or #9)

      7. Breaking-in Panel

      If you’re trying to get your first book published, this is the session for you! Our panel of newly-published authors will tell you how they got there, and share their specific, practical advice. Bring questions for the Q&A!

      SAUMIYA BALASUBRAMANIAM's first book, When I Found Grandma, was in The Globe and Mail’s “Seven books to help kids make sense of the world,” and CBC’s "Kids books to look for". She's written for magazines and newspapers, and received the Bram and Bluma Appel Scholarship  for the Humber School for Writers. 

      AARON LAM is a journalist, filmmaker and author. His documentaries include The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain which he co-directed for PBS, and he was managing editor of Business $ense and ENGINUITY magazines. His first book for young readers, The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues, was released by Lorimer in 2018.

      STAR SPIDER writes fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry, and her debut YA novel is Past Tense. A student of psychology at Ryerson University, her writing deals with mental health and LGBTQ themes. Star’s stories have been widely published and can be found both online and in print. 


      8. LMAO:  Writing Funny Stuff for Teens

      How to use your big mouth, issues with boundaries, painful adolescence and misplaced optimism to make teens laugh. The author shares her tips, insights and cringe-inducing experiences to help you hit your readers’ funny bones. VICKI GRANT has written 17 novels, including Quid pro QuoShort for Chameleon and 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You (sold to 20 territories and optioned for film.) 

      9. Story Worthy - Creating characters to convey story as an author/illustrator

      It's no easy feat for an author/illustrator to create characters with appeal, personality and motivation in 32 pages. Deep dive into Cale's process of creating characters that carry his stories, and balancing the drawing and writing. CALE ATKINSON is a self-taught author, illustrator, and animator in Kelowna, BC. You can usually find him up late drawing and watching cartoons. His work includes animated shorts, video games, and picture books such as To the SeaExplorers of the WildWhere Oliver FitsOff and Away, and Sir Simon: Super Scarer.



      MID-AFTERNOON SESSIONS 2:15-3:15
      (Choose #10, #11 or #12)

      10. Publisher & Agent Panel — First Page Challenge 

      Our publishing panel always packs the room--and this year's First Page Challenge panel will be packed with writing advice. The first pages of not-yet-published kids books are displayed on-screen, and each panelist evaluates the writing. The popular First Page Challenge fprmat was pioneered at the Humber School for Writers. 

      CLAIRE CALDWELL is the Associate Editor at Annick Press, where she acquires books for kids of all ages. Prior to joining Annick, Claire edited romance and action-adventure at Harlequin. She is also a poet, with a second collection forthcoming from Invisible Publishing.

      KAREN LI is Editorial Director at Owlkids Books. Her list includes winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Norma Fleck Award, and the Information Book Award, as well as books featured in publications such as the New York Times and brainpickings.org

      LÉONICKA VALCIUS is an Assistant Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing authors of fiction for adults and children. A founding member of the Festival of Literary Diversity, and founder of #DiverseCanLit, working with writers of colour is a key part of Léonicka's mandate. 

      11. Writing the Villain

      Every great hero needs a great villain. In this workshop, we'll discuss the essential nature of villainy, the special relationship between villain and hero, and the critical role of the villain in shaping your story, with a particular eye toward common problems that get manuscripts rejected. KEVIN SANDS is the multiple award-winning author of the bestselling Blackthorn Key adventure series.


      12. Words and Pictures

      What makes a graphic novel truly sing? You'll widen your understanding of the special relationship between pictures and words in graphic novels, and apply techniques to get the most out of your ideas. Bring two characters of your own creation to experiment with. WILLOW DAWSON is the author and/or illustrator of award-winning books and graphic novels including The Wolf-Birds, Avis Dolphin,and White as Milk, Red as Blood. She teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at U of T SCS.


      CLOSING KEYNOTE   3:30-4:30 

      Claire Mackay Memorial Lecture   

      JAN THORNHILL has been writing and illustrating science- and nature-based non-fiction children’s books for the past thirty years. Her most recent title, The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow, is a companion volume to The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, which won the 2017 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Jan lives in the woods near Havelock where she immerses herself in the natural world she writes about.

      BOOK SIGNINGS   4:30-5:00 

      Books by the speakers will be available to purchase on-site from Another Story Bookstore. 

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

      For an additional $75, you can get a 15-minute One-to-One evaluation of your manuscript, illustration portfolio, author website or online presence. CANSCAIP pairs participants with publishers, agents, art directors, marketing directors, or other industry experts. 

      About a month before PYI, we ask participants for 1000-word manuscript excerpts, illustration portfolios, or website/social media. We forward those to your mentor before PYI so they can prepare for their 15-minute session with you. One-to-One meetings get started following PYI's closing keynote speaker. 

      Registration for the conference is required for a One-to-One evaluation. Space runs out quickly for these unique and highly useful sessions.

      One-to-One Manuscript Mentors to date (more to come): 

      CLAIRE CALDWELL, Annick Press

      PETER CARVER, Red Deer Press

      ERIN HAGGETT, Scholastic

      KAREN LI, Owl Kids Books

      DEBBIE ROGOSIN, Editorial Services

      KATIE SCOTT, Kids Can Press

      LÉONICKA VALCIUS, Transatlantic Agency

      One-to-One Portfolio 

      Mentor will be announced shortly. 

      One-to-One Website/Social Media 

      Mentors Joyce Grant and Angela Misri




      • Friday, November 01, 2019
      • Friday, January 31, 2020
      • On your computer
      Register


      VIRTUAL PYI

      If you can't attend our Packaging Your Imagination conference in person, Virtual PYI lets you be there on your computer and on your schedule.

      Your choice of four professionally recorded PYI sessions plus two keynotes costs $125 for CANSCAIP Friends and Members and $150 for non-members. (The in-person conference was $200/$225.)

      NOTE: If you're not already a CANSCAIP Friend or Member, to register at the $125 rate please join first and then register for Virtual PYI.  

      You'll get links to online videos of the two keynotes plus the four sessions you've ordered. You'll also be emailed handouts that were part of the session (not all the sessions include handouts). 

      NEW! ADDITIONAL VIDEOS OPTION

      • Your registration for VIRTUAL PYI includes the two keynotes, plus four sessions of your choice.
      • And new this year, you can order videos of additional sessions for just $10 each. 

      Scroll down for our fantastic PYI lineup!


      KEYNOTES (Both keynotes included with your registration)

      The World of Call and Response

      ITAH SADU is an award-winning storyteller, children's author, and co-owner of the bookstore A Different Booklist, specializing in African and Caribbean Canadian literature and diverse resources from around the world. She is a founding member of Different Booklist Cultural Centre - The People’s Residence, a cultural hub at Bathurst and Bloor.  


      Claire Mackay Memorial Lecture   

      JAN THORNHILL has been writing and illustrating science- and nature-based non-fiction children’s books for the past thirty years. Her most recent title, The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow, is a companion volume to The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, which won the 2017 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Jan lives in the woods near Havelock where she immerses herself in the natural world she writes about.


      SESSIONS (Choose any four)

      1. The Building Blocks of Picture Books 

      You’ve got an idea for a picture book…now what? How do you structure your manuscript? When do the pictures get added? How does the publisher bring the text and art together? An author, an illustrator and an editor from Pajama Press explain how a picture book gets created, with behind-the-scenes anecdotes about their book-making process. 

      DEBORAH KERBEL is the author of ten books for young readers, with Sun Dog as her debut picture book. Born in England and raised in Toronto, Deborah lives and writes in Thornhill, Ontario. SUZANNE DEL RIZZO loves getting her hands messy, creating illustrations with polymer clay/mixed media. Her author-illustrator debut, My Beautiful Birds was a NY Times Notable Book. She's illustrated two books by Deborah Kerbel, Sun Dog and Before You Were Born. Suzanne lives in Oakville, Ontario.

      2. Eleven Elevating Questions (to make your manuscript even stronger)

      How do you know if you’ve done everything to make your work the best it can be? Use this eleven-point checklist to address essential elements of craft, whether you use an outline or depend on intuition. From Am I using too many words? to Does somebody have a secret? these touchstones will specifically guide your inventive process to a richer and more satisfying result. MARTHE JOCELYN is the author and sometimes illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers. She was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award honouring a distinguished body of work--and she's kept on writing since then!  

      3.  Writing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Books for All Ages

      Fiction or non-fiction, toddlers to teens: all our readers need books that reflect their lives and the world they live in. So how can we ensure our writing is inclusive of the diverse LGBTQ+ community? When writing about identities we don’t share, what questions are important to consider? How can we avoid common tropes and create realistic, authentic characters? ROBIN STEVENSON is the award-winning author of 25 books for kids and teens, including board books (Pride Colors), picture books (Ghost’s Journey) middle-grade (Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community) and YA (When You Get the Chance).  

      4. Writing, Plain and Simple: Intensifying the emotional landscape of your manuscript through less-is-more storytelling. 

      Emotional stories don’t have to be melodramatic or over-the-top. Often it’s the quiet moments that resonate the loudest. These understated, but intense, moments add authenticity to your story and can move readers in deep and meaningful ways. Focus on creating stories that are quiet, yet powerful--stories that have the power to break your heart and put it together again. HEATHER SMITH is the author of Chicken Girl and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, winner of the 2019 White Pine Award. Her middle grade novel, Ebb & Flow, was shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. A proud Newfoundlander, Heather’s east coast roots inspire much of her writing.

      5. You Can't Change History--or Can You? 

      What makes a good historical novel? How do you capture the feeling of another time in a way that's accessible to modern readers? How do you tackle the necessary research and use it without doing info-dumps? Can you alter known historical facts? GILLIAN CHAN loves doing research and wants to share the tips she has picked up. She is the award-winning author of nine books, five of which have an historical base, ranging through time from the War of 1812 to World War II. Gillian is currently working on a novel about the Norse voyages of exploration. 

      6. Exploring with Mixed Media

      Do you fear the blank page? Crank up your creativity and step out of your comfort zone by learning new techniques for unique ways of illustrating--using collage, pastels, watercolor and more--to help you develop your style more deeply. JOSÉE BISAILLON has illustrated more than 35 picture books and won many awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for The Snow Knows. Her first book as an author-illustrator Reviens sur Terre Esther was published in 2018, translated to English as Come Back to Earth, Esther! in 2019.

      7. 
      Breaking-in Panel

      If you’re trying to get your first book published, this is the session for you! Our panel of newly-published authors will tell you how they got there, and share their specific, practical advice. Bring questions for the Q&A!

      SAUMIYA BALASUBRAMANIAM's first book, When I Found Grandma, was in The Globe and Mail’s “Seven books to help kids make sense of the world,” and CBC’s "Kids books to look for". She's written for magazines and newspapers, and received the Bram and Bluma Appel Scholarship  for the Humber School for Writers. 

      AARON LAM is a journalist, filmmaker and author. His documentaries include The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain which he co-directed for PBS, and he was managing editor of Business $ense and ENGINUITY magazines. His first book for young readers, The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues, was released by Lorimer in 2018.

      STAR SPIDER writes fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry, and her debut YA novel is Past Tense. A student of psychology at Ryerson University, her writing deals with mental health and LGBTQ themes. Star’s stories have been widely published and can be found both online and in print. 


      8. LMAO:  Writing Funny Stuff for Teens

      How to use your big mouth, issues with boundaries, painful adolescence and misplaced optimism to make teens laugh. The author shares her tips, insights and cringe-inducing experiences to help you hit your readers’ funny bones. VICKI GRANT has written 17 novels, including Quid pro QuoShort for Chameleon and 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You (sold to 20 territories and optioned for film.) 

      9. Story Worthy - Creating characters to convey story as an author/illustrator

      It's no easy feat for an author/illustrator to create characters with appeal, personality and motivation in 32 pages. Deep dive into Cale's process of creating characters that carry his stories, and balancing the drawing and writing. CALE ATKINSON is a self-taught author, illustrator, and animator in Kelowna, BC. You can usually find him up late drawing and watching cartoons. His work includes animated shorts, video games, and picture books such as To the SeaExplorers of the WildWhere Oliver FitsOff and Away, and Sir Simon: Super Scarer.


      10. Publisher & Agent Panel — First Page Challenge 

      Our publishing panel always packs the room--and this year's First Page Challenge panel will be packed with writing advice. The first pages of not-yet-published kids books are displayed on-screen, and each panelist evaluates the writing. The popular First Page Challenge fprmat was pioneered at the Humber School for Writers. 

      CLAIRE CALDWELL is the Associate Editor at Annick Press, where she acquires books for kids of all ages. Prior to joining Annick, Claire edited romance and action-adventure at Harlequin. She is also a poet, with a second collection forthcoming from Invisible Publishing.

      KAREN LI is Editorial Director at Owlkids Books. Her list includes winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Norma Fleck Award, and the Information Book Award, as well as books featured in publications such as the New York Times and brainpickings.org

      LÉONICKA VALCIUS is an Assistant Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing authors of fiction for adults and children. A founding member of the Festival of Literary Diversity, and founder of #DiverseCanLit, working with writers of colour is a key part of Léonicka's mandate. 

      11. Writing the Villain

      Every great hero needs a great villain. In this workshop, we'll discuss the essential nature of villainy, the special relationship between villain and hero, and the critical role of the villain in shaping your story, with a particular eye toward common problems that get manuscripts rejected. KEVIN SANDS is the multiple award-winning author of the bestselling Blackthorn Key adventure series.


      12. Words and Pictures

      What makes a graphic novel truly sing? You'll widen your understanding of the special relationship between pictures and words in graphic novels, and apply techniques to get the most out of your ideas. Bring two characters of your own creation to experiment with. WILLOW DAWSON is the author and/or illustrator of award-winning books and graphic novels including The Wolf-Birds, Avis Dolphin,and White as Milk, Red as Blood. She teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at U of T SCS.


    Past events

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019 WEBINAR Writing Critique Groups by TERESA TOTEN and NANCY HARTRY Tues Jun 18 at 7:00 EST (webinar also recorded)
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019 MONTHLY MEETING with SPEAKER Semareh Al-Hillal publisher of Groundwood Books
    Saturday, May 25, 2019 Prairie Horizons 2019 - First Thousand Words Editorial Event
    Friday, May 24, 2019 CONFERENCE: Prairie Horizons 2019
    Friday, May 24, 2019 Prairie Horizons 2019 - Conference Event Recordings
    Thursday, May 23, 2019 WEBINAR by CHARIS COTTER: A Room of Your Own: Transform your writing daydreams into roadmaps (webinar will also be recorded)
    Thursday, May 16, 2019 CANSCAIP ART SHOW May 16 to 31
    Wednesday, May 08, 2019 MONTHLY MEETING with SPEAKERS Book Reviewers Sandra O'Brien and Rachel Seigel
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 MONTHLY MEETING with PANEL Diversity in #cankidlit #canyalit
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    Monday, March 18, 2019 Writing for Children Competition (DEADLINE for entries May 31)
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 MONTHLY MEETING Wed Mar 13 at 7:00 with SPEAKER John Martz
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 CANCELLED: CANSCAIP MEETING Wed Feb 13
    Wednesday, January 09, 2019 CANSCAIP MEETING Wed Jan 9 with ILLUSTRATOR Hilary Leung
    Monday, December 31, 2018 "The First Thousand Words" Editing Fundraiser
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 BRING IT! to our HOLIDAY MEETING & POTLUCK on Wed Dec 12
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 CANSCAIP MEETING Wed Nov 14 with AUTHOR Vicki Grant
    Monday, November 12, 2018 VIRTUAL PYI: Packaging Your Imagination Conference on Your Computer
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 MEETING Wed Oct 10 with ILLUSTRATOR/AUTHOR Carey Sookocheff
    Thursday, September 27, 2018 WEBINAR: Successful School Visits by KEVIN SYLVESTER on Thurs Sept 27 at 7:00 EST (plus recorded)
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 MEETING Wed Sept 12 with SPEAKER Neil Christopher of publisher Inhabit Media
    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 JUNE MEETING at The Bookshelf in Guelph (Wed Jun 13)
    Saturday, May 26, 2018 Mini Prairie Horizons 2018
    Wednesday, May 09, 2018 MAY MEETING with SPEAKERS Theo Heras, Marthe Jocelyn, Samantha Swenson TOPIC Books for Babies
    Thursday, May 03, 2018 ONLINE VIDEO of Arthur Slade's WEBINAR It Lives: Bringing Your Backlist to Life
    Wednesday, May 02, 2018 ART SHOW May 2-31 Children's Book Illustration by CANSCAIP Members and Friends
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 MEETINGS on Wed. Apr. 11: 6:00 for ANNUAL MEETING & 7:00 for MONTHLY MEETING with SPEAKERS Peter Carver & Heather Camlot
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Mar. 14: Illustrator Night SPEAKER Qin Leng
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Writing for Children Competition (DEADLINE for Entries May 31)
    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Feb. 14: Illustrator Night SPEAKER Milan Pavlovic
    Friday, January 26, 2018 ONLINE VIDEO of Marketing Children's Books by Judy Brunsek WEBINAR
    Thursday, January 11, 2018 VIRTUAL PYI: Packaging Your Imagination Conference on Your Computer
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Jan. 10; SPEAKER Mireille Messier
    Monday, January 01, 2018 "The First Thousand Words" Editing Fundraiser
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Dec. 13; SPEAKERS: Vikki Van Sickle, Naseem Hrab, Liz MacLeod, Mary Beth Leatherdale and Hadley Dyer
    Saturday, November 11, 2017 CONFERENCE: Packaging Your Imagination 2017
    Wednesday, November 08, 2017 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Nov. 8; SPEAKER: Amanda Lewis
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Oct. 11; SPEAKER: Sue Todd
    Monday, September 25, 2017 WEBINAR VIDEO: Grants for Writers and Illustrators
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 WEBINAR: Grants for Writers and Illustrators
    Friday, September 15, 2017 CONFERENCE: Prairie Horizons 2017
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Sept. 13; Celebrate CANSCAIP's 40th Birthday; SPEAKER: Michael Martchenko
    Monday, June 19, 2017 CANSCAIP Saskatchewan Presents: Alice Kuipers and Arthur Slade
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Jun. 14; SPEAKER: Frank Viva
    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 MONTHLY MEETING Wed. May 10; SPEAKERS: Teresa Toten, Lena Coakley, Sue Irwin, John Spray (Tree Awards Nominees)
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Annual Meeting of Members Wed. Apr. 12 PLUS world-famous Osborne Collection
    Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Meeting Wed. Mar. 8: SPEAKER Sarah Ramsey (Book City)
    Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Meeting Wed. Feb. 8: SPEAKER Lynda Hill (Theatre Direct)
    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 POSTPONED: Webinar on Navigating and Negotiating Publisher Contracts (Warren Sheffer)
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Meeting Wed. Jan. 11: SPEAKER Christie Harkin on Diversity in Publishing
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Meeting, Book Sale & Dessert Potluck with SPEAKERS Ruth Ohi & Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Announcing winners and finalists of 2016 Writing for Children Competition
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Nov. 9; SPEAKERS: Angela Misri & Joyce Grant
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Oct. 12; SPEAKER: Joel Sutherland
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Sept. 14; SPEAKER: Anne Shone, Scholastic Canada
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 Canadian Writers Summit (June 16 to 19)
    Wednesday, June 08, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Jun. 8 at Durham College Whitby Campus; SPEAKER: Kat Mototsune (James Lorimer & Co.)
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. May 11: Don Aker, Karen Bass & Charis Cotter (Forest of Reading nominees from NS, AB and NL)
    Thursday, May 05, 2016 Writing for Children Competition 2016: Deadline July 31
    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Apr. 13: Puppetmongers Theatre PLUS Annual Meeting of Members
    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 CANSCAIP Annual Meeting of Members
    Wednesday, March 09, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Mar. 9: Annick Press publisher Rick Wilks
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Feb. 10: Illustrator Night with Gary Clement
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Jan. 13: Estate Planning with Marian Hebb
    Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Meeting, Book Sale & Dessert Potluck Wed. Dec. 9: Holiday Books with Werner Zimmermann & Lisa Dalrymple
    Saturday, November 14, 2015 Virtual PYI 2015 (Packaging Your Imagination Conference Online)
    Saturday, November 14, 2015 Packaging Your Imagination Conference 2015
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 NEW LOCATION for Meeting on Wed. Nov. 11: North York Central Library. TOPICS: Books for Young People with Disabilities AND Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa
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