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Photos from PYI 2019 by Caroline Fernandez

PYI  2021 

For almost 40 years, CANSCAIP has hosted Packaging Your Imagination (PYI), a highly regarded professional development conference. Canada's community of writers, illustrators, performers and publishers for young people gather for an inspiring day of learning, business and networking.

Pick any 4 of the 12 sessions 

Recordings of keynotes Rita Cox and Kit Pearson
included with all PYI Recorded registrations

$125 for CANSCAIP Friends and Members / $150 for non-members


PYI 2021 ONE-TO-ONE (sold out!)

A One-to-One is a scheduled 15-minute Zoom meeting
held at the end of the PYI day. You'll talk with a publisher, editor, agent
or art director who has evaluated your manuscript or portfolio.

You can add a One-to-One to your PYI registration for $75.

Don’t delay—One-to-One spots always sell out!

ONE-TO-ONE DETAILS (sold out for PYI 2021)

  • For an additional $75, you can have a 15-minute Zoom meeting with a publisher, editor, agent or art director who has evaluated your manuscript or excerpt (up to 1000 words) or your illustration portfolio (10 images).
  • Registration for PYI 2021 (Live-Streamed OR Recorded) is required for a One-to-One.
  • One-to-Ones  are scheduled on Sat Oct 23 from 5:15 to 8:30pm EST 
  • CANSCAIP will ask participants to send us their manuscript/excerpt or illustration portfolio. We send it to the evaluator before PYI to review before their meeting with you. 
  • The One-to-One is a verbal evaluation, not a written evaluation. 
  • CANSCAIP matches and schedules participants with the One-to-One evaluators. 


Terrilee Bulger (Nimbus Publishing)

Claire Caldwell (Annick Press)

Erin Haggett (Scholastic Books)

Ali McDonald (5 Otter Literary)

Khary Mathurin (Annick Press)

Debbie Rogosin (Editorial Services)

Emma Sakamoto (Groundwood Books)

Katie Scott (Kids Can Press)

Jennifer Stokes (Owlkids Books)

Samantha Swenson (Tundra/Penguin Random House)

Yasemin U├žar (Kids Can Press)

Claire Wilkshire (Breakwater Books)
John Martz (Penguin Random House) portfolio evaluation


When you register, you can pick additional recorded sessions
for just $10 each


"I always come away from PYI having learned something, having been inspired, and feeling more confident about my writing."

"Always amazing--I recommend it to EVERYONE."


Your PYI registration helps support CANSCAIP—and our PYI speakers.

Learn more about CANSCAIP

CANSCAIP office is located within the Centre for Social Innovation, Annex.
720 Bathurst St., Suite 503, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Email: office@canscaip.org
Phone: 1-416-515-1559

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