Introducing Our New Executive Team

We all know that creative people such as writers value their time to practice their craft, and don’t give slices of it away lightly. Therefore CANSCAIP Sask Horizons is very thankful to the following people who have offered a slice of their precious time to become the executive of our organization:

President – Paula Jane Remlinger

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Treasurer – Melanie McFarlane

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Social Media People – Dianne Young and Glenda Goertzen

2019 Conference Recordings Available

Discovery Panel: Kristine Scarrow, Judy Swallow, Rolli, Shelley Tanaka, Tanya Trafford

If you didn’t make it to the Prairie Horizons 2019 conference in Saskatoon on May 24-26 and wish you could have seen it, or if you did go and were so inspired you would like to watch the sessions again, you can!

You can order recording of all of the sessions (except Kristine Scarrow’s Journaling session and Brenda Baker’s Performance presentation) for $40 here:

Here is what is included:

7:00 pm –Vision and Voice Panel (with Miriam Körner, David A. Robertson and Art Slade, moderated by Alice Kuipers): Each of these distinguished guests shares what vision and voice means to them in the changing landscape of creating books for children and young adults.

David A. Robertson Interview: David talks about two of his books: Monsters and When We Were Alone. He shares how these books began as ideas, the themes and topics he explores in them, and how and why to connect huge ideas with young readers.

I Wrote a Children’s Book. Now What? Tanya Trafford of Orca Book Publishers will offer an insider’s view of the journey of a manuscript, from acquisition through to publication. 

Illustrator Panel (with Miriam Körner, Rolli, and Judy Swallow) Discover the process of illustration and how illustrations interact with text.

Rolli – author of the acclaimed middle grade novel Kabungo (Groundwood Books) and frequent contributor to Highlights, Ladybug and Spider – will take you on a whirlwind tour of the world of children’s literary magazines. He will provide a variety of tips, tricks, and insights to help put you on the path to magazine success.

Shelley Tanaka Interview: In a conversation with Alice Kuipers, Shelley will talk about how to figure out what to do with an idea in a changing market. She will answer questions and go in-depth sharing her unique perspective as editor at Groundwood Books.

Keynote address:  YA, picture book and middle grade Governor General’s award-winning author David A. Robertson explains how each of us can use our Voice (the result of everything that has formed who we are) to communicate our Vision (the passion that drives us) to our readers, and in the process, change the world.

Discovery Panel (with Rolli, Judy Swallow, Shelley Tanaka, and Tanya Trafford, moderated by Kristine Scarrow): A chat about books and the working relationships between authors, editors and illustrators.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

The Job Jar

CANSCAIP Sask Horizons needs you! The following jobs will be up for grabs at our AGM on May 26th. If you are a Saskatchewan member or friend of CANSCAIP, please look over the job descriptions and consider if you would be willing to run for one of the positions. Thanks!


  1. Provide general direction for the other officers and the group as a whole.
  2. General Meeting (every second year at the Prairie Horizons conference)
    • Make agenda
    • Send notice to all members about the meeting, two weeks in advance
    • Chair meeting
  3. SWG Writing Group Grants application
    • In June, write and submit report on previous year’s grant usage.
    • In June, apply for SWG Writing Group Grant.
      • Fill in application
      • Collate member information including SWG memberships, expiry dates, and age categories. If there are not enough SWG members (2/3), ask non-members to join or renew
  4. Prairie Horizons
    • Maintain arms-length contact with committee and advise as necessary.
    • Open conference and welcome everyone. Tell them about CANSCAIP.


  1. Set up a joint bank account with the President to manage CANSCAIP Sask Horizon funds
    • Deposit cheques as they come in
    • Co-sign cheques with President as needed.
    • Keep track of incoming and outgoing funds and receipts and make sure they match bank statements.
    • Download and save monthly bank statements.
  2. Prairie Horizons Conferences
    • Maintain arms-length contact with committee and advise as necessary
    • Accept mailed registrations and deposit cheques. Give paper registration information to CANSCAIP Liaison. Email receipts to people who pay by cheque. (Online registrations are automatically receipted.)
    • Pay conference expenses as needed.
    • Take cheques to conference to give to presenters. Find out amounts needed from the committee.
  3. General Meeting:
    • Prepare budget report for the previous two years.
    • Take minutes at the meeting.
    • Prepare minutes to be placed on website before the next General Meeting.

Social Media Person:

  1. Manage Website:
    • Post information about events
    • Moderate comments
    • Add member books to sidebar (as members notify you of new books)
    • Add website links of new members to sidebar (as members notify you)
  2. Manage email account
    • Add new members and delete old ones
    • Email membership as needed
  3. Coordinate Online Blog Discussions or other “Connecting” website initiatives
  4. Facebook group: CANSCAIP Sask Horizons
    • Become a group administrator so you can approve requests to join
  5. Act as Liaison with national CANSCAIP office
  6. National CANSCAIP website
    • Get administrator privileges for from national office
    • Post notices of Saskatchewan events on blog
    • Set up event information and registration on national website
    • Maintain conference registration list, including snail mail registrations
    • Ask national office to transfer online registration money to Secretary-Treasurer as soon as event registration closes. They normally send a cheque. It can take a month or two. Verify amount received with event registration logs on the national website, taking into account paypal fees and any CANSCAIP bank fees.
  7. Keep Track of Saskatchewan members
    • Periodically check member list for new Saskatchewan members
    • Contact new Sask members to tell them about the Sask chapter activities
  8. Submit a short report for each edition of CANSCAIP News (4x a year)
  9. Prairie Horizons Conference
    • Share information about the conference as the committee provides it
  10. Set up any other form of social media you want to use

“The First Thousand Words” Editing Fundraiser 2019

If you’ve written a YA novel, a MG fantasy, a chapter book for early readers, or a picture book, the first thousand words are what will capture a potential publisher or agent. They have to be pitch perfect.

Or maybe you’ve started a new project and you’re not sure if the opening is working.

We are here to help. Submit the first thousand words of your manuscript and up to two questions and our volunteer team of experienced, published authors will give you editorial feedback so you can polish those pages or find out if you’re headed in the right direction.

The edits will be done anonymously as Tracked Changes in a Word Document, as professional publishers use. Your pages will be returned to you within six weeks, with comments alongside the text, and with edits done on lines that need them.

The cost for CANSCAIP Members or Friends is $35, and $50 for all others. Maximum of 2 edits per person. The funds raised will go towards the CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons Conference in 2019.

This offer will be open for the month of January only.

Meet our Editors here.

Questions? Contact us at

What I Read When I Was Young: Sally Meadows

Sally Meadows is an award-winning author, singer/songwriter, and speaker from Saskatoon. Sally writes for both adults and kids, in both non-fiction and fiction. Her publications include The Two Trees (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing; 2015); Beneath That Star (Word Alive Press, 2015); When Sleeping Birds Fly: 365 Amazing Facts About The Animal Kingdom; 2018); and The Underdog Duckling (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, Sept. 2018). Sign up for Sally’s newsletter at


What was your favourite picture book? What was special about it?

I don’t recall a favourite picture book—generally, I don’t have a lot of memories when I was that young—but I know that my mother read my older siblings’ Dick and Jane books to me, and continues to occasionally send me Dick and Jane memorabilia including this colouring book re-published in 2004, and magnets featuring the characters. What’s special about this book is that I was named after Dick and Jane’s younger sister—Sally. My mother had asked my brothers and sister what she should name the new baby. Naturally they wanted the same name as the little sister in the Dick and Jane books.



What was the first chapter book your read?

I can’t say for sure, but my older siblings had The Bobbsey Twins (Laura Lee Hope) and The Famous Five (Enid Blyton) books so I imagine it might have been one of those. (I did prefer The Famous Five.)



What was your favourite chapter book? What was special about it?

Most likely Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) since it is the only book I have kept from childhood. My godmother gave it to me on my ninth birthday. I never really knew her, but she always sent me presents on my birthday, and I treasured them.



Did you ever reread your favourite chapter book once you became an adult? Did it stand the test of time?

Yes, I reread Anne of Green Gables as an adult, but only once. I really enjoyed the CBC television series starring Megan Follows as Anne; one of my all-time favourite characters in any movie EVER was Richard Farnsworth’s Matthew Cuthbert. Recently I had the opportunity to purchase some children’s classic books but I decided not to. I am not particularly interested in rereading what I loved in the past, although I do re-watch movies that I love. I’m funny that way.


Did you read comic books? Which was your favourite?

I was definitely a comic book reader! I read a lot of different ones. Betty and Veronica was probably my favourite, but I also read Archie, Jughead, Richie Rich, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Dennis the Menace, Beetle Bailey, Batman, Fantastic Four, Aquaman, Spiderman, Green Lantern, Tales from the Crypt, and Mad Magazine. I used to pore over the advertisements: I longed to get the sea monkeys and spider monkeys, but alas it was never to be.


Did you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

I preferred fiction but I also had a healthy dose of non-fiction through the two sets of encyclopaedias my parents purchased: The World Book (including its child-friendly subsidiary set Childcraft) and Encyclopaedia Britannica. As far as I remember, I rarely picked up non-fiction books at the library nor did I purchase them. Today I read equally fiction and non-fiction.


Did you like series? Which ones?

Yes, I liked series, and hands-down my favourite was The Hardy Boys (I was a tomboy). I did read Nancy Drew books too but wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic about them as Frank and Joe. As I got older, I read a series of Sherlock Holmes books, and regularly bought Alfred Hitchcock magazines (which are still going strong today).



Did you have a local library? What do you remember about it?

I lived in a number of places when I was young, as my father was in the armed forces, so I don’t have strong memories of any one library. Probably my earliest memory of a library was on one of the army bases in eastern Ontario when I was about five. It was in a small, narrow, portable-type building and had limited hours. I remember one summer visit in particular when we got a special treat afterwards. Later, when we lived in Quebec, my sister and I used to take our bikes to the local library. One distinct memory I have is searching through the card catalogue in those long wooden boxes. Although I don’t remember a lot of details about the libraries I visited when I was young, they must have had a big impact on me; to this day, libraries are one of my favourite places to be.

What I Read When I Was Young: Miriam Körner

Miriam Körner is an award winning writer and illustrator for children and young adults. Her stories reflect her love for northern Canadian wilderness and the people who make the North their home. Her young adult novel “Yellow Dog” and her picture book “When the Trees Crackle with Cold: pīsimwasinahikan” (co-authored by Bernice Johnson-Laxdal) can both be found on this year’s Willow Awards List. 


What was your favourite picture book? What was special about it?

Good question. I only recall two picture books. One was an LP ‘Peter und der Wolf’ (Peter and the Wolf). It came with a picture book and my brother and I would look at the images as the LP was playing. Both music and text were scary and fascinating. I also remember ‘Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen’ (Where the wild things are’). At the time I did not realize that it wasn’t meant to be scary! Nor did I realize I was reading North American authors already back then.


What was the first chapter book you read?

No idea! I just remember reading ravenously as a teenager. Not much memories before then other than the books that scared me. There was a chapter book with a fox who stole a goose and whose tail got shot off by a farmer. I even recall the line drawing of the fox licking his bloody stump but not the title of the book. I had nightmares for many years.


What was your favourite chapter book? What was special about it?

I loved everything by Astrid Lindgren, especially ‘Die Brüder Löwenherz’ (Brothers Lionheart). The relationship between the two brothers always drew me in and the promise of a better world after death. But that’s not really a chapter book.




Did you ever reread your favourite chapter book once you became an adult? Did it stand the test of time?

I reread a few middle grade and young adult novels. I thought I was reading adult books back then. Ha, was I wrong! Lots of disappointment!


Did you read comic books? Which was your favourite?

Not when I was young. I discovered that world much later. Oh wait: I read ‘Maus’ (Mouse), a graphic novel about the Holocaust. Graphic novels were a very new genre back then I believe.


Did you prefer fiction or non-fiction?



Did you like series? Which ones?

I didn’t seek out any series, but I was always upset that the book I just finished reading wasn’t one.


Did you have a local library? What do you remember about it?

I remember the old building with the squeaking gigantic oak staircase that led to a room with gigantic wood shelves over towering little me and feeling utterly lost, never knowing how to find a book I would like to read. I don’t recall going there very often, but I do recall my friends Sophia and Charlotte’s living room that had a huge bookshelf with just the books from Oetinger (the publisher who published my favourite books by Astrid Lindgren and Kirsten Boje). Their mother was an editor (the first one I ever met). I barely dared talking to her who was not only in possession of the finest books (in hardcover!), but had actually talked to the authors who had written them!

Btw: 20some years later I did get the courage to contact her. She is retired now and doesn’t live in the house with the big bookshelf anymore. Which is too bad, because otherwise she might have added “Yellow Dog” to her library which will be published in Germany with my very favourite childhood publisher in 2020.