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

Speakers for Schools and Conferences

CANSCAIP members are often asked to speak about the creative process, read from their work or perform for audiences at schools and conferences.

Teachers and librarians wishing to book writers, illustrators and performers should be aware that CANSCAIP members charge a fee for their professional services. It is important to note that members set their own rates, but in the interests of maintaining a professional level across the country, CANSCAIP suggests the following scale:

School presentations: $150 minimum for one (60 minute) session.

Most members charge between $200 and $300. Some charge more. Some members have a sliding scale for two or more presentations.

Public Libraries: $250 minimum for one (60 minute) session. This is based on the Canada Council rate.

Conferences and workshops: In the range of $400 to $1000. Because these talks have to be written specifically to address a conference theme or workshop topic, they require a great deal of preparation time, and therefore command a larger fee.

For all of the above, GST/HST and travel expenses are over and above the presentation fee.

We recommend that teachers and librarians read the FAQ for Teachers on Author, Illustrator and Performer Visits to Schools prepared by CANSCAIP members Rachna Gilmore, Liam O'Donnell, Margriet Ruurs, Valerie Sherrard, Christine Tripp and Frieda Wishinsky.

For a listing of CANSCAIP Members to invite to a school, library or conference, see CANSCAIP's Member Directory.

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