CANSCAIP logoIf you enjoyed any of the instalments of “An Intimate Examination of Sock Fluff” posted over the past 14 months and would like to read it in its entirety, you can find all the pieces of it by selecting Speeches in the Blog Categories or by entering Sock Fluff (or even just ‘fluff’) in the Search box.

It was great fun writing and delivering that keynote for CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference in 2011. Richard Scrimger delivered the keynote in 2012 and his brilliant meditation on what writing is will appear in the upcoming newsletter, which is sent to all Members and Friends. (Yes, CANSCAIP had Friends before Mark Zuckerberg was even born. He’ll be 29 this year. CANSCAIP will be 35. And watch for the announcement of PYI speakers for 2013 in an upcoming newsletter too.)

Next week, to help celebrate the organization’s 35th anniversary, I will begin my term as CANSCAIP’s Writer-in-Residence. The position is officially called ‘Creator-in-Residence’ and there are actually two of us. While I’m mentoring writers through manuscript evaluations, Dianna Bonder will be mentoring illustrators through portfolio submissions. And both of us will be writing articles that will be published in CANSCAIP newsletters in the coming months.

If you are a professional writer or illustrator and aren’t already a member, or if you aspire to be one or the other or both, or if you just like kids’ books and would like to support their creators’ organization while getting insights into that world, I urge you to join CANSCAIP.

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson

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