2017 Prairie Horizons Sessions

Prairie Horizons 2017: Beyond Limits!

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

9:15-10:45a.m.  Conference Kick-off Presentation:  “A Cheat Code for Conflict”

Playwright and author Marty Chan draws from his theatre background to share a technique for crafting dramatic scenes in fiction. Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, his cheat code for writing will help you organize a story that will keep readers turning the page until the end.

 

11:00a.m.-12 noon.  “2nd book” Panel Discussion:  “Lightning Strikes Twice” 

Marie Powell, Kristine Scarrow and Michael Bradford discuss the challenges of marketing one book while editing another. Marie and Michael have a second book in a series accepted, while Kristine has a second (and third!) stand-alone book coming out.  There will be an audience question period.

 

1:15-2:15 p.m. Presentation:  Illustrating Metis Culture in Children’s Books”

Write and illustrator Leah Marie Dorion discusses the process of illustrating and representing Metis culture in children’s books.

 

2:45-3:45 p.m.  Publishing Panel:  “What in the World Do They Want?”

Find out about the current challenges and trends in publishing.

 

4:00- 5:00 p.m. Fantasy Foundations Presentation:  “Out of This World”

Fantasy worlds fascinate our imagination. From landscapes to technologies, these worlds seem so complete we could almost catch the next shuttle there! Have you ever tried to create a fantasy world? What kind of beings live there, and how do they relate to each other and their environment? Join author Marie Powell to explore fantasy world building.

 

7:00 -8:00 p.m. Keynote:  “How to Succeed at Writing, One Yes at a Time”

Marty Chan recounts the highlights of the journey that led him to a successful career as a creative artist. He unveils the highs and lows of being a freelance writer as well as the strategies he developed to survive and thrive in the ever-changing marketplace of publishing.

2017 Schedule

Prairie Horizons 2017: Beyond Limits!

Prairie Horizons 2017: Beyond Limits!
September 15-17, 2017
Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre

Friday, September 15th

6:00 p.m. Registration Opens

7:00 p.m. Welcome, Social time

7:30 p.m. Live Action Slush

9:00 p.m. Mix and Mingle (cash wine bar)

Saturday, September 16th

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening remarks

9:15-10:45a.m. Conference Kick-off Workshop  with Marty Chan: “A Cheat Code for Conflict

10:45-11 a.m. Break

11:00a.m. -12 noon  “2nd book” Panel Discussion / Q&A  “Lightning Strikes Twice

12:00 -1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m. Presentation – Leah Dorion

2:45-3:45 p.m. Publishing Panel:  “What in the World Do They Want?”

3:45 p.m. Nutrition Break

4:00-5:00 p.m. Fantasy Foundations Workshop with Marie Powell:  “Out of This World

5:15-5:30 p.m. Group Photo

5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner

7:00 -8:00 p.m. Keynote – Marty Chan: “How to Succeed at Writing, One Yes at a Time

8:15-9:15 p.m. Open Mike – 3 min/participant

Sunday, September 17th

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Conference Summary/Evaluations/Door Prizes/Book Count/Committee for 2019/Farewell

10:00 a.m. Biennial General Meeting: CANSCAIP SK Horizons

11:00 a.m. Departure

Registration Open for CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2017

The 2017 CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons conference takes place September 15-17 at Queen’s House in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Arrive Friday, September 15 at 7 p.m., and leave Sunday September 17 at 10 a.m.–unless you live in Saskatchewan. Then you get to stay until 11 a.m. at the Bi-annual General Meeting of CANSCAIP Sask Horizons.

 Registration Options:

  • Full Conference with Room at Queen’s House– includes all sessions, accommodations for both nights, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks, Sunday breakfast. Note: supper is not available on Friday. Also, rooms at Queen’s House are first-come, first-served. If all rooms are booked, we will help you find accommodation in Saskatoon and you will be charged only the conference fee.
    • Up to Aug 31: $320
    • Sept 1-8: $345
  • Full Conference, no room – includes all sessions, Friday reception, Saturday lunch, supper and snacks
    • Up to Aug 31: $225
    • Sept 1-8: $250
  • Saturday Only – includes all Saturday sessions plus lunch, supper, and two snacks.
    • Up to Aug 31: $175
    • Sept 1-8:  $200

Important Dates:

  • Aug 31, 2015: Last day for no late registration fee.
  • September 8, 2015. Last day to register.
  • September 15, 2015: Conference begins. Live Action Slush event
  • September 16, 2015: Saturday sessions and workshops
  • September 17, 2015: Wind-up and door prizes, CANSCAIP Sask Horizons Biennial General Meeting

More Registration Opportunities

  • Friday night Live Action Slush
  • 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 Saskatoon, or volunteer to give a ride to someone who needs one.
  • 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 http://canscaip.org/EventsCalendar
  2. Offline:
    1. Download and print the 2017 Printable Registration Form.
    2. Write a cheque to CANSCAIP Sask Horizons.
    3. Mail completed form and cheque to CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2017, c/o 4820 Castle Road, Regina SK, S4S 4X3

 Refund Policy

  • Full refund minus $35 up to September 8 (one week before conference)
  • After September 8, 50% of fee will be refunded
  • In emergency situations, full fee will be refunded.

CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2017 Conference

CANSCAIP

CANSCAIP

Beyond Limits!

Beyond Limits!

 

Join us for the 12th biennial

CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons Conference

September 15-17, 2017 in Saskatoon, SK

Theme: Beyond Limits!

Presenters:

Find out more about the presenters.

Conference Events:

Sessions: writing page-turners, publishing your second book, illustrating Metis culture, building fantasy worlds, succeeding at writing, writing what publishers want. Find out more.

Schedule: Download the Conference Schedule 2017.

Friday night Live Action Slush – Add the first page of your manuscript (children’s or YA) anonymously to the Prairie Horizons slush pile. A panel of editors and experienced writers will read it aloud and give feedback. A great way to learn what works and what doesn’t.

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

Book Table: Sell your books and CDs, and sign up to help at the book table. No commission, but bring your own change.

Registration Information

Full Conference (including accommodation and meals):

  • Full conference with accommodation:  $320
  • Full conference with no accommodation: $225
  • Saturday only: $175
  • After Aug 31, add a late fee of $25
  • Final Registration Deadline: Sept 8, 2017.

Register online or by mail. Complete details and instructions are on the Registration Page.

To join CANSCAIP: http://canscaip.org/JoinCANSCAIP

Questions?  Jeanette at jcmontgomery@sasktel.net or prairiehorizons@gmail.com

Online Registration & Payment: http://canscaip.org/EventsCalendar

Download a PDF of the Poster for Prairie Horizons 2017.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

And thank you for your donations:

CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2015 Conference

Prairie Horizons 2015

Prairie Horizons 2015

CANSCAIP

CANSCAIP

Join us for the 11th bi-annual

CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons Conference

September 18-20, 2015, Lumsden, SK

Presenters:

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.

To join CANSCAIP: http://canscaip.org/JoinCANSCAIP

Need More Information? Email  prairiehorizons@gmail.com 

Online Registration & Payment: http://canscaip.org/EventsCalendar

Thank you to our Sponsors!

And thank you for donating door prizes:

Prairie Horizons 2015: Presenters

Frieda Wishinsky (Keynote Speaker)

Frieda Wishinsky

Frieda Wishinsky

Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over sixty trade and educational books. She writes in a variety of genres: picture books, novels and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into many languages and her picture book, Please, Louise! (Groundwood) won the 2008 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.  She is the author of the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures (Owlkids). Frieda’s latest books are Avis Dolphin (Groundwood) and Colossal Canada (Scholastic).  Frieda loves sharing the writing process with students at all levels. http://friedawishinsky.com/

Ted Staunton

Ted Staunton

Ted Staunton

Ted Staunton is the author of many books for young people, from long-time picture book Puddleman, to the young adult novel Who I’m Not, winner of the CCBC John Spray Mystery award in 2014. His most recent book, Coda, is part of the popular SEVEN series. Over the years he’s also performed and led workshops everywhere from Inuvik to Addis Ababa. When not writing, Ted plays music in the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band and in 2014 toured the prairies on the Home Routes folk music trail. Born very young, Ted is now older and lives with his family in Port Hope, Ontario. http://www.tedstauntonbooks.com/

Alison Lohans

Alison Lohans

Alison Lohans

Alison Lohans is an award-winning, internationally-published author who has been writing since childhood. She decided at age 12 that she wanted to write YA fiction, and to date has 9 young adult books to her credit, as well as 17 additional books in four other categories of young people’s fiction. In her YA novels Alison has worked intensively in realistic fiction (both contemporary and historical) as well as exploring the realm of fantasy with her Passage Through Time Series (Collapse of the Veil, and Crossings). Her historical novel This Land We Call Home won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA fiction. In recent years Alison has turned to self-publishing in addition to her work with commercial and educational publishers. Alison Lohans lives in Regina, and is one of the founding members of the CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons Conference.  http://books4kids.ca/alison-lohans/ and https://alisonlohans.wordpress.com/

Joshua Rosen

Joshua Rosen

Joshua Rosen

Josh Rosen is a cartoonist/illustrator from Toronto, Ontario. He has previous experience providing comic and illustration work for clients such as Slate.com, the University of Iowa, and Dartmouth College, among others. He likes horror movies and soy sauce and thinks that drawing things is neat.

For more info, go to http://www.joshdraws.com/

Gillian Richardson

Gillian Richardson

Gillian Richardson

Gillian Richardson is a former Saskatchewan resident now living in BC. She has published 18 books for children that include nonfiction, juvenile novels and picture books. She has written educational books for Scholastic and Weigl Publishers, and her nonfiction books with Annick Press (Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds and 10 Plants that Shook the World) have earned multiple awards. Her work includes numerous short stories and articles for children’s magazines such as Cricket and KNOW. As an instructor for The Institute of Children’s Literature (2002-2015), she taught adults through correspondence courses in writing for children. She writes reviews of children’s books for CM magazine.

Anne Shone

Anne Shone

Anne Shone

Anne Shone is a Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada. She has worked in book publishing for close to twenty years, concentrating on children’s books for the last fifteen. In that time, she has worked with many of Canada’s top children’s book authors and illustrators. Anne edits in all genres, including picture books (recent highlights include Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend by Ruth Ohi, Goodnight, Canada, by Andrea Beck, and The Duck Says by Troy Wilson, illustrated by Mike Boldt); novels (The Opposite of Geek by Ria Voros, and Vikki VanSickle’s Love Is a Four Letter Word); and myriad non-fiction titles, including the recently released Colossal Canada: 100 Epic Facts and Feats by Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky. http://www.scholastic.ca/

Heather Nickel

Heather Nickel

Heather Nickel

Heather Nickel is the founder and operator of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing in Regina SK, a company that helps authors to self-publish their books. YNWP publishes 15-20 books a year. It was established in 1998, and has been a member of SaskBooks since 1999. Heather holds a B.A. in English from the University of Saskatchewan (1989), and attends industry-related seminars and workshops hosted by SaskBooks, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Editors’ Association of Canada, Saskatchewan branch. She has served on the SaskBooks board since 2007 and is its current president.