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PYI 2021 Sessions: Saturday, October 23, 2021

10:00 to 10:30 ET   All time zones:   BC 7:00 to 7:30 | AB/SK 8:00 to 8:30 | MB 9:00 to 9:30 | ON/QC 10:00 to 10:30 | NS/NB/PE 11:00 to 11:30  | NL 11:30 to 12:00

Story, Community and Me (Opening Keynote) | RITA COX

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RITA COX

10:45 to 11: 45 ET    All time zones:  BC 7:45 to 8:45 | AB/SK 8:45 to 9:45  | MB 9:45 to 10:45 | ON/QC 10:45 to 11:45  | NS/NB/PE 11:45 to 12:45 |  NL 12:15 to 1:15

Words and Pictures: How Authors and Illustrators Can Collaborate Even When They Don’t Actually Work Together | CARY FAGAN, DENA SEIFERLING

In this session on “imagined collaboration,” Cary will reveal what he puts in and what he leaves out to give the illustrator both direction and freedom. Dena will share how she balances this direction with the freedom to explore her own illustrative voice so that opportunities of unexpected magic can happen.

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CARY FAGAN, DENA SEIFERLING

Building a Fantasy World with History | TANAZ BHATHENA

Great fantasy can often be harvested from reality. In this session, the author discusses how historical figures and periods can be used in different ways to inspire world building in fantasy fiction, with a focus on critically analyzing research and reinterpreting it for your story. 

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TANAZ BHATHENA

Demystifying the Intricacies of Colour and Pattern in Visual Storytelling | HATEM ALY

Illustrating a story includes a great deal of problem solving and deduction to make things work! What if the story needs elements of design, such as patterns or colours of variant textures, simple to complex. Where do you begin? How do you make it fit? We’ll work with that and go through the process from thought, research to examination and execution.

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HATEM ALY

12:00 to 1:00 ET    All time zones:  BC 9:00 to 10:00 | AB/SK 10:00 to 11:00  | MB 11:00 to 12:00 | ON/QC 12:00 to 1:00  | 1:00 NS/NB/PE | NL 1:30 to 2:30

Filling the Void: Experimenting with the Magic “If” | AMANDA WEST LEWIS

In theatre, you start with an empty space. A void. You hear a sound. Or maybe a light comes on. Immediately the story has begun. What unfolds is an alchemy of language, movement, colour, light, sound, and purpose. In this session we’ll discover your inner actor, designer, and director. We’ll fill the void of the blank page and watch as our story comes to life.

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AMANDA WEST LEWIS

Understanding and Writing the Graphic Novel | DAVID A. ROBERTSON

Creating a graphic novel is a dynamic and intricate process, from conceptualizing the story to seeing the final words and pictures on the page. The award-winning graphic novelist explains how to create a compelling script, how to make the right choices in terms of word, frame, transition, flow, etc., how and why images and words mingle, and how all of these elements come together.

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DAVID A. ROBERTSON

Visual Narrative Storytelling or What Makes Comics Tick | JEREMY TANKARD

Once derided as disposable pulp entertainment for children, comics have matured into hot commodities and every major publisher wants in. But what makes comics tick? This session looks at the nuts and bolts of visual narrative storytelling as it pertains to comics. You will learn what makes comic books such a unique art form and what you need to be aware of when you’re illustrating them.

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JEREMY TANKARD

1:30 to 2:30 ET    All time zones:  BC 10:30 to 11:30 | AB/SK 11:30 to 12:30  | MB 12:30 to 1:30 | ON/QC 1:30 to 2:30  | NS/NB/PE 2:30 to 3:30  | NL 3:00 to 4:00

Breaking In Panel | TINA ATHAIDE, CATARINA OLIVEIRA, ERIN SILVER Moderator: MICHELLE KADARUSMAN

If you’re trying to get your first book published, this is the session for you! Our panel of newly-published kids book creators tell you how they got started, how they got there, and offer specific, practical advice.

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TINA ATHAIDECATARINA OLIVEIRAERIN SILVER

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MICHELLE KADARUSMAN

“It’s alive!” High Voltage Character Creation | KENNETH OPPEL

No matter what comes first to you – character, voice, premise, setting – this workshop will help you make sure that your characters are the perfect fit for your story. Kenneth will share his own idiosyncratic process for building characters and share a variety of tips to help you get to know your characters as well as your best friends, or enemies.

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KENNETH OPPEL

Thriving and Surprising by Illustrating for the Nonfiction Market | CORNELIA LI

How to illustrate to convey knowledge? A discussion about the creative process behind illustrating for nonfiction, including finding the balance between factual accuracy and creative liberty, achieving desired visual result using mixed media, and collaborating with author, editor, and art director in the research process. You will have a better understanding of the market and be ready to make the leap into the world of nonfiction.

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CORNELIA LI

2:45 to 3:45 ET    All time zones:  BC 11:45 to 12:45 | AB/SK 12:45 to 1:45  | MB 1:45 to 2:45 | ON/QC 2:45 to 3:45 | NS/NB/PE 3:45 to 4:45  | NL 4:15 to 5:15

Three Publishers and an Agent Panel | SCOTT FRASER (Dundurn Press), ALI McDONALD (5 Otter Literary), YASEMIN UÇAR (Kids Can Press), CLAIRE WILKSHIRE (Breakwater Books)

Consistently the most popular session at PYI, every year this panel features a different group of kid lit experts.

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ALI MCDONALD (5 Otter Literary), YASEMIN UÇAR (Kids Can Press), CLAIRE WILKSHIRE (Breakwater Books)

The Teen Detective: Writing Young Adult Mysteries | TOM RYAN

YA mysteries and thrillers have come a long way since Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were out searching for secrets in clocks and treasures in towers. Join award-winning author Tom Ryan in this session on crafting killer mysteries. Topics include casting suspicion in all directions and plotting backward from the big reveal. Note: participants will benefit from having read Ryan’s Keep This to Yourself, which he’ll use as subject text – spoilers will abound!

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TOM RYAN

Traditional Media in a Digital Age | CLAUDIA DÁVILA

As software has made it increasingly easy, convenient, and risk-free to create pictures, there is still a place for traditional art supplies in today’s art-making process. Whether you want to reconnect with your abandoned art supplies, use art tools to plan your work, combine hand-drawn elements with your digital art, or even make the switch from digital art to paper, this session explores how to integrate pencil, charcoal, watercolour and coloured pencils back into your art.

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CLAUDIA DÁVILA

4:00 to 5:00 ET   All time zones:  BC 1:00 to 2:00 | AB/SK 2:00 to 3:00 | MB 3:00 to 4:00 | ON/QC 4:00 to 5:00 | NS/NB/PE 5:00 to 6:00  | NL 5:30 to 6:30

The Claire Mackay Memorial Lecture (Closing Keynote) | KIT PEARSON

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KIT PEARSON

5:15 to 8:30 ET One-to-One Evaluations,  Illustrator Show & Tell, Breakout Room Activity

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