Update on Registrations

Registrations have been coming in steadily for the past two weeks.

Although participants for Canadian Idol: The Middle Grade/YA Edition will be determined after registration closes (August 31, 2013), there are other reasons to submit your registration and payment as soon as possible.

Mentorship Q and A with either Eric, Marie, Sean, or Pat is First Come/First Served, as are the Breakout Sessions on Saturday.

Also, once the rooms at St. Michael’s are full, participants will have to look elsewhere for accommodation (and why would you want to? St. Michael’s is idyllic!).

For conference updates, be sure to follow us at twitter.com/SKCanscaip and http://www.facebook.com/groups/prairiehorizons!

Register for 2013 Prairie Horizons Conference here

Registration for the 2013 Prairie Horizons Conference is now open!

To register for the conference, first download a 2013 Prairie Horizons Registration Form . Then, either

  • print it out and mail or fax it to the address on the form, OR
  • type your information into an email and send it to prairiehorizons@gmail.com.

To pay, either mail a cheque to the address on the form, or pay online through PayPal (below). There are three options.

1. Full Conference with Room at St. Michael’s. This includes all sessions, accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, Friday wine and cheese reception, Saturday meals and 3 snacks, and Sunday breakfast. $220.

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2. Full conference with no accommodations. This includes all sessions, Friday wine and cheese reception, Saturday meals and 3 snacks, and Sunday breakfast. $150.

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3. Saturday only. This includes all sessions from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, lunch and 2 snacks.$100. (Note that you can also come to the public presentations at 4:15 (Shawn Cassidy) and 6:30 (Eric Walters) if you choose this option, but you will have to find your own supper in Lumsden.)

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LATE FEE: If you are registering after August 31, 2013, add $25 to your fee. To avoid this fee, register before the end of August. Two other great reasons to register early:

  1. The breakout sessions are first-come, first-served.
  2. The Canadian Idol lottery will be held September 1. Those who get in will compete for a chance to have an agent look at their Young Adult manuscript.

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Sean Cassidy Bio

Sean was born and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. After receiving a B.Ed. and a B.A, he taught just about everything from English and Math to Astronomy and Geography. Before settling in Ontario, Sean and his wife, Sylvia, traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, studying art, architecture and history. After the birth of his daughter, Maggie, he began writing and illustrating stories for, and with, her. Creating the stories was so satisfying that he decided to pursue it professionally. Having taught art and illustration in secondary school for twenty years, Sean recently left teaching in order to devote more time to writing and illustrating books.

Sean was elected President of CANSCAIP in 2009, after serving as Vice President for two years and as Illustrators’ Rep for several years before that.

Sean’s most recent book is “Kazaak!” (October 2010) Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishers.

Sean is currently editing his first novel “Rough ‘n Tumble” (working title).

Sean loves doing presentations and workshops for schools, libraries and teacher professional development sessions. He has a wide range of presentations suitable for every age – JK to adult. Typically, Sean will use his own work to show how picture books are created. He will then lead the class through a series of drawing lessons geared to the level of the students. * interactive stories where children draw along with Sean – JK to grade 1 * creating expressions on characters – grades 1 – 5 * creating characters – grades 5 – 10 * figure drawing without a model – grades 9 – 12, adults * perspective drawing without rulers – grades 8-12, adults * writing for picture books – grades 7 – 12, adults


Publications – Author/Illustrator

Kazaak! – Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010
Gummytoes – Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004
Good To Be Small – Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002

Publications – Illustrator

Hanna Bear’s Christmas – Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007, author: Monica Devine
Wake Up, Henry Rooster – Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006, author: Margriet Ruurs

Ten Little Puppies – Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001, author: Carmen Kingsley
The Chicken Cat – Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000, author: Stephanie McLellan
2008 Syrca Shining Willow selection
Category: Best Picture book
For: Wake Up, Henry Rooster
With: Margriet Ruurs

2008 Chocolate Lily selection
Category: Best Picture book
For: Wake Up, Henry Rooster
With: Margriet Ruurs

2007 Syrca Shining Willow selection
Category: Best Picture book short list
For: Gummytoes

2013 SK CANSCAIP Conference Agenda

Friday, September 20th

6:00 p.m. Registration Opens

7:00 p.m. Welcome

7:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle

8:00 p.m. TBA

9:30 p.m. Candlelight Labyrinth Walk


Saturday, September 21st

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opener—Marie Campbell

10:00 a.m. Nutrition Break

10:30 a.m. Mentorship Question and Answer:

YA—Eric Walters

PB/Illustrator—Sean Cassidy

Non-Fiction—Pat Miller Schoeder

Agent—Marie Campbell

11:30 a.m. Group Photo

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops #1

A: Non-Fiction with Pat Miller Schroeder

B: Picture Book/Illustration—Sean Cassidy

2:00 p.m. Free Time

2:30 p.m. Nutrition Break

3:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops #2

A: Writing for Young Adults—Maureen Ulrich

B: Poetry—Linda Aksomitis

4:00 p.m. Break

4:15 p.m. Public Presentation—Sean Cassidy

5:15 p.m. Dinner

6:30 p.m. Public Presentation—Eric Walters

7:30 p.m. Break

8:00 p.m. Open Mike

Sunday, September 22nd

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Annual Meeting: CANSCAIP

11:00 a.m. Departure