Photos from PYI 2019 by Caroline Fernandez
CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination Conference
For almost 40 years, CANSCAIP has hosted Packaging Your Imagination (PYI), a highly regarded professional development conference. Canada's community of writers, illustrators, performers and publishers for young people gather for an inspiring day of learning, business and networking.
Saturday October 21
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (welcome desk opens 8:00am)
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
209 Victoria Street, Toronto
Online videos available
PYI 2023 SPEAKERS
OPENING KEYNOTE: Dear Me: Notes on a Writer's Life – ANDREW LARSEN
CLAIRE MACKAY MEMORIAL LECTURE: Fresh Stories for a Different World: Challenge and Opportunity – SHELLEY TANAKA
The Claire Mackay Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Peter and Eleanor Daniels Foundation
ONE-TO-ONE AT PYI 2023
For an additional $75, you can add a One-to-One to your PYI IN PERSON registration.
A One-to-One is 15-minute meeting with a publishing professional who has evaluated 1,000 words of your manuscript, or up to 10 images from your online illustration portfolio.
One-to-One meetings are in person at the PYI venue on Sat Oct 21, at the end of the conference day, between 5:00 and 8:30pm ET.
One-to-Ones are verbal evaluations without written notes.
The One-to-One evaluators at PYI 2023 are:
Margot Blankier – Tundra Book Group
Claire Caldwell – Annick Press
Khary Mathurin – Annick Press
Serah-Marie McMahon - Annick Press
Patricia Ocampo - Kids Can Press
Peter Phillips - Tundra Book Group
Ella Russell – Owlkids Books
Emma Sakamoto - Groundwood Books
Katie Scott - Kids Can Press
Amanda Sun - Scholastic Canada
Michael Solomon - Groundwood Books (portfolios)
WHAT PAST ATTENDEES ARE SAYING
"I always come away from PYI having learned something, having been inspired, and feeling more confident about my writing."
"Always amazing--I recommend it to EVERYONE."