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Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants
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  • Thursday, September 04, 2014 8:00 AM | Lena Coakley (Administrator)

    Big changes are afoot on the CANSCAIP blog!  In the next few months, we’ll be bringing you more content than ever before, so keep checking back or grab an RSS feed, above.  We’ll start by having write-ups of our monthly Toronto meetings and featured interviews with the speakers of our upcoming Packaging Your Imagination conference.  If you have further ideas for what you’d like to see here, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

    And now, without further ado, here is the first in our series of short features about our PYI speakers:

    Introducing… Paula Wing

    Lena Coakley: Hi Paula!  Thanks for answering a few questions for us.  The topic of your CANSCAIP presentation is: Standing On Your Head: Adapting Your Work for the Stage.  Can you give us a little taste of what you'll be talking about?  What's one tip or nugget of wisdom you'll be sharing with PYI attendees?

    Paula Wing: I'll be talking about and sharing exercises that have helped me to adapt books to the stage. There is a saying in Italian about translation that I think applies in some ways to adaptation: Traduttore, tradittore. Meaning, translator, betrayer.

    You have to be faithful to the original, but you have to be faithful to the spirit of the original rather than the letter of it. You will have to abandon certain things. You will have to invent small things. In order to be true to what the original is about.

    Lena: Translator, betrayer.  I love that.

    You have been writing and adapting plays for many years now, with all the ups and downs that entails.  How do you stay motivated?

    Paula: Staying motivated is one of the challenges of the writing life. For me, one of the best ways is to mix it up. I change the location of my writing sometimes - meaning I go to a café or I even go to a different room in my apartment, or write in bed when I wake up. On rare occasions when I have a big deadline I sometimes go off for a "dirty weekend", to a cottage or don't tell motel where I hole up and write pausing only to eat ripple chips.

    I recently took an online writing course to kick start me after a sluggish period. I meet with other writers in coffee shops for writing dates. I am fuelled by the brilliance and success of others (though I admit I can struggle with feelings of envy and jealousy there too. But when I can use others' success as a motivator, it works very well).

    Lena: Thanks so much, Paula.  See you at PYI!

    Paula Wing is a playwright,translator and teacher. Her most recent play was an adaptation of Robin Hood for Geordie Theatre in Montréal. Her original play Risky Phil is indevelopment at Young People's Theatre in Toronto.

    REGISTER FOR PYI


  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:47 PM | Sharon Plumb (Administrator)
    Do you use Goodreads to find books or to promote your own? Have you heard of it but aren't sure what it is? This month's Sask CANSCAIP chapter's discussion forum is on "Why Goodreads?" Come and add your two cents or ask your questions  at http://skcanscaip.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/why-goodreads/ .
  • Friday, February 14, 2014 4:09 PM | Sharon Plumb (Administrator)
    The Sask CANSCAIP chapter is thinking of hosting an online writing course so that all of our members can participate without having to travel long distances in uncertain weather. This month we want to find out if our members would like a course, and if so, what sort. It would probably take place in the Fall of 2014, and would also be open to people outside Saskatchewan if there were spaces left over. 

    If you would be interested in teaching an online course on some aspect of writing for children, we would also like to hear from you. Post on the blog or email canscaip@gmail.com.
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:33 PM | Sharon Plumb (Administrator)
    Marie Powell has just posted Sask CANSCAIP's latest discussion topic: Research - How Much is Too Much? You can read the post and comments, or add your own, at http://skcanscaip.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/research-how-much-is-enough/ .

    December's post, by Linda Aksomitis,  was on the topic of publishing your own e-book.
    November's, by Dianne Young, was about unexpected things that can happen at School Readings and how to deal with them.

    You can find all of these at http://skcanscaip.wordpress.com/ . Check it out!


  • Friday, November 15, 2013 6:00 AM | Sharon Plumb (Administrator)
    The Saskatchewan Chapter of CANSCAIP has started a monthly online discussion forum on the chapter website. The idea came up at our general meeting after the 2013 Prairie Horizons Conference in September, during a discussion on how to connect our geographically scattered members.

    A different discussion topic will be posted on the 15th of each month by a guest moderator. The first one went up in October on the topic of the discussion forum itself, and the second one is out today! Check it out at skcanscaip.wordpress.com.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:47 AM | Deleted user
    CANSCAIP prides itself on being a supporter of fantastic Canadian kid lit & culture. To honour the importance of Canadian children's books and our role in nurturing talent from beginner to established, we're celebrating with our inaugural PYI 2013 Group Exhibition.

    Discover some new talent and enjoy classic CANSCAIP Collection pieces from Michael Martchenko, Phoebe Gilman & PYI 2013 workshop presenter, Kady MacDonald Denton. View new pieces by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Kevin Sylvester, Bill Slavin and recent Order of Canada recipient Barbara Reid. Join us for a showcase of PYI talent (and beyond) from the Canadian kid lit community!

    The show runs from Nov 15 - Dec 10 at Humber's L space Gallery at their Lakeshore campus, and opens in tandem with our 29th annual Packaging Your Imagination Conference



    Free parking is available on campus.
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013 3:34 PM | Deleted user
    Author & CANSCAIP co-founder, Claire Mackay, is remembered in today's Globe & Mail. Funny, witty, generous & endlessly supportive of her peers, Claire will be remembered for her important contribution to Canadian children's literature and will be missed by many.

    Read the article here: http://bit.ly/GOKVLO


  • Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:49 AM | Deleted user
    Chris Butcher & his partner Andrew Woodrow Butcher will be coming to talk on Wednesday, October 9 about The Toronto Comic Arts Festival as well as their relatively new children’s bookstore, Little Island Comics. As well, cartoonist & children’s book illustrator John Martz will talk a bit about his work & his involvement with TCAF as well.

    MEET US AT:

    Centre for Social Innovation, Annex.
    4th Floor, Fringe Lab
    Wednesday, October 9 from 7:00 -9:30pm.

    Meeting will be held in the Fringe Lab, 4th Floor, ROOM 401 of 720 Bathurst St. Elevator available.

    Parking: There are two Green P's within walking distance. Street parking is also available, both paid and one-hour free zones.
    Transit: CSI Annex is one block south of the Bathurst subway stop on the Bloor line.


  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:15 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Attention Writers, Poets, Illustrators: 


    Applications are invited from creative writers for the term position of Saskatoon Public Library/Canada Council for the Arts Writer in Residence from September 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.


    Remuneration: up to $30,000 for a nine-month term. Criteria are based on Canada Council guidelines; position subject to Canada Council funding.


    Applications must be received by 5 p.m., November 1, 2013. For more details visit http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/node/676

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Social Media and Beyond – Thinking Outside the Box

    From book trailers to websites, contests to conferences, come hear the strategies four successful children's literature professionals use to promote their books. Lena Coakley, Joanna Karaplis, Cheryl Rainfield and Vikki Vansickle will share their ideas and expertise on our panel this month.

    Please note: Before our regular program begins, CANSCAIP will hold memorial readings in tribute to Claire Mackay.

    WE HAVE MOVED! ATTEND MEETINGS AT:

    Centre for Social Innovation, Annex.
    720 Bathurst St. (just south of Bloor on Bathurst)
    Second Wednesday of the month, September 11 at 7:00 pm.

    Meetings are held in the ING Presentation Room, Ground Floor of 720 Bathurst St.

    Parking: There are two Green P's within walking distance. Street parking is also available, both paid and one-hour free zones.
    Transit: CSI Annex is one block south of the Bathurst subway stop on the Bloor line.
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