Conference Evaluation Form

Well, folks, Prairie Horizons 2015 is over–at least the part where we’re all together at St. Michael’s Retreat in Lumsden. The renewed creative energy and inspiration from the wonderful presentations will carry on, and so will the friendships. And Prairie Horizons will continue in September 2017.

We (Sharon and the organizing committee) hope you had a wonderful a time just like we did. But we would like to know what you really thought. If you didn’t fill out an evaluation form at the conference, please fill it out now. Download the Evaluation Form 2015 and email it to If you have any extra thoughts, please email those as well.

Thank you, and see you in 2017!


BGM Coming Up at Prairie Horizons Conference

The Bi-annual General Meeting of the CANSCAIP Sask Horizons will be held immediately following the closing session of the Prairie Horizons 2015 conference.

Where: St. Michael’s Retreat Centre, Lumsden

When: 10 am, September 20, 2015

We will review the events of the past two years and look ahead to what we might do in the next two. You can download a copy of the Agenda for 2015 BGM. A financial report will be available at the meeting.

Free Public Session at Prairie Horizons 2015

Come out to St. Michael’s Retreat Centre in Lumsden on Saturday, September 19 at 7 pm and see:

Frieda Wishinsky give her amazing keynote address called “Writing About…Just About Everything! The Joys and Challenges of a Multi-Genre Career”.

After Frieda’s talk, Ted Staunton will perform. Perform what? Come and find out!

There will be snacks afterwards, and a book table with children’s books from these and many other talented children’s authors.

See you there!


Joshua Rosen Replaces Dakota McFadzean at Prairie Horizons Conference

Congratulations to Dakota McFazdean, whose new book Don’t Get Eaten by Anything: A Collection of The Dailies (2015) has been nominated for an Ignatz Award, one of the most prominent awards in comics in North America. His obligations to his publisher require him to attend the awards ceremony at the Small Press Expo in Maryland on September 19th and makes him unable to present at our 2015 Prairie Horizons Conference.

Joshua Rosen

Joshua Rosen

We’re happy to report that Joshua Rosen, a cartoonist/illustrator from Toronto, Ontario has agreed to replace Dakota. Josh is the winner of the 2014 CCS Book Proposal Contest, and is currently having a graphic novel represented to several major trade publishers.


Rhyme Crimes – What makes good children’s poetry?

Paula Jane and cat

Paula Jane Remlinger. And cat, Dickens.

On June 19, 2015, Paula Jane Remlinger gave a talk about writing good poetry for children. Paula Jane says:

We’ve all read Shel Silverstein, Sheree Fitch, and other children’s writers that we want to be because they have such a way with words. How do they do that? How is writing for children different (and the same) as writing for adults? I will talk about what works and what doesn’t in children’s poetry.

If you missed the talk, or would like to see it again, you can now watch it on Youtube! (Unfortunately, the first 1 minute and 54 seconds are just static. Move past that and you will be able to hear it all well. Sorry.)


Paula Jane Remlinger has a M.A. in English (poetry) from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, as well as other degrees. She writes poetry for all ages, short stories and science fiction, and is working on a children’s picture book. You can learn more about Paula Jane at the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild website.

This event was sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild through their Writers Groups Grants.

CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2015 Conference

Prairie Horizons 2015

Prairie Horizons 2015



Join us for the 11th bi-annual

CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons Conference

September 18-20, 2015, Lumsden, SK


For Full information on Presenters, see the Presenters page. For information on events, see the Sessions page. For event times, see the Schedule page.

  • Frieda Wishinsky (60+ picture books, Middle Grades, non-fiction books)
  • Anne Shone, (senior editor, Scholastic Canada)
  • Ted Staunton (performer/humorist; dozens of books from picture books to Young Adult)
  • Dakota McFadzean (comic and storyboard artist/illustrator, author)
  • Alison Lohans (over two dozen picture books, middle grades, YA, fantasy)
  • Gillian Richardson (nonfiction, juvenile novels and picture books)
  • Heather Nickel (owner of  Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)

Conference Events:

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk: Get in touch with your inner voice as we venture out after dark on Friday night.

Ready, Set, Pitch!: 10 contestants will have 5 minutes to pitch their completed Picture Book or Middle Grades manuscripts for a chance to place their manuscripts at the top of the slush pile at Scholastic Canada.

Open Mic: Got something to share? Sign up to read or perform a 3 minute piece on Saturday night.

Q & A Session: Spend an hour getting your questions answered by the entire group of presenters.

Workshops: Learn about humour, performance, graphic novels, writing non-fiction, history and fantasy, author-publisher relationships and self-publishing.

Saturday Night Events Open to the Public:

  • Keynote Address by Frieda Wishinsky
  • Performance by Ted Staunton

Book Table: Sell your books and CDs, and sign up to help at the book table.

Registration Information

Full Conference (including accommodation and meals):

  • Full conference Early Bird. $285.00;
  • Regular Registration. $315.00.
  • Other options available. See Registration page.
  • CANSCAIP Members or Friends, deduct $45.00 from the registration cost.
  • After Aug 31, 2015, add a late fee of $25.

Final Registration Deadline: Sept 9, 2015.

You can register online or by mail. Complete registration details and instructions are on the Registration Page.


Need More Information? Email 

Online Registration & Payment:

Thank you to our Sponsors!

And thank you for donating door prizes: