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.


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:

Registration Open for CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2015

Prairie Horizons 2015 Conference logo

Prairie Horizons 2015

The 2015 CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons conference takes place September 18-20 at St. Michael’s Retreat House in Lumsden, Saskatchewan.


 Registration Options:

Important note: These prices are for the general public. If you are a CANSCAIP Friend or Member, deduct $45. To join, go to

  • Full Conference with Room at St. Michael’s – includes all sessions, accommodations for both nights, Friday reception, Saturday meals, snacks and reception, Sunday breakfast. Note: supper is not available on Friday. Also, rooms at St. Mike’s are first-come, first-served. If all rooms are booked, we will help you find accommodation in Regina or Lumsden and you will be charged only the conference fee.
    • Up to Aug 1: $285  (members $240)
    • Aug 2-31: $315  (members $270)
    • Sept 1-9: $340  (members $295)
  • Full Conference, no room – includes all sessions, Friday reception, Saturday meals, snacks and reception, Sunday breakfast.
    • Up to Aug 1: $195 (members $150)
    • Aug 2-31: $225 (members $180)
    • Sept 1-9: $250  (members $205)
  • Saturday Only – includes all Saturday sessions plus lunch, supper, and two snacks.
    • Up to Aug 1: $145  (members $100)
    • Aug 2 – Aug 31: $175  (members $130)
    • Sept 1 – 9:  $200 (members $155)

Important Dates:

  • August 1, 2015. End of Early Bird registration; all fees go up by $30. Also, draw date for Ready, Set, Pitch! (see below)
  • Aug 31, 2015: Last day for no late registration fee.
  • September 9, 2015. Last day to register.
  • September 18, 2015: Conference begins. Ready, Set, Pitch! event
  • September 19, 2015: Saturday sessions and workshops

More Registration Opportunities

  • Friday night Ready, Set, Pitch! Session
  • Saturday night Open Mic
    • Sign up to read or perform for 3 minutes
  • Book Table
    • Bring books or CDs to sell
    • Volunteer to help at the table
  • Be a buddy to a first-timer, or get a buddy
  • Request a ride to or from the airport or bus depot in Regina
  • Volunteer to sit at at the sign-in table and:
    • Check-in participants
    • Hand out conference packages
    • Direct participants to sign in to their rooms and show them the floor plan to find their way around
  • Volunteer to help with set up or clean up
  • Alert St. Mike’s about dietary requirements

To Register

  1. Online: register and pay with PayPal at
  2. Offline:
    1. Download and print the Prairie Horizons 2015 Registration Form.
    2. Write a cheque.
    3. Mail completed form and cheque to CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2015, c/o 4820 Castle Road, Regina SK, S4S 4X3

 Refund Policy

  • Full refund minus $35 up to September 11 (one week before conference)
  • After September 11, 50% of fee will be refunded
  • In emergency situations, full fee will be refunded.