MASC Young Authors & Illustrators Festival

For over 30 years, this literary festival has been bringing aspiring young writers and artists together every Spring to work with some of Canada’s finest authors and illustrators of children’s books. The day is filled with a variety of literary activities including hands-on Master Classes and author presentations.

Meet the award-winning authors and illustrators who participated at the 2022 virtual event and check out the video of the collaborative poem created by festival participants and performed by JustJamaal ThePoet.

Visit our web site this Fall for information about the 2023 event.

Bios MYAI 2022

MASC was pleased to welcome an award-winning line-up of authors and illustrators: JustJamaal ThePoet, Vikki VanSickle, Sarah Raughley, Brian McLachlan, Jeff Ross, and Angela Misri. Their are available for purchase at Perfect Books.

What people are saying

“Books have been an oasis for many people, especially over the past couple of years. Books provide us with the opportunity to use our imaginations, to think creatively, to explore different worlds, and to relate to others, both like and unlike us. Being able to meet with the artists behind these books is such a treat for young people craving that deeper connection.”

— Faith Seltzer, Artistic Director, MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival

"Thank you so much for this opportunity to express our creativity. I hope that the MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival continues for years after this and that my kids can come here one day."

— Participant

Thrilled to learn that my MYAI participant secured a publishing deal with Amazon!

— Amanda West Lewis, Author

Today has been one of the BEST days of my life! I have been going for 3 years and I know for sure that I'm going to have some great book ideas as soon as I get home!

— Participant

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