MASC Young Authors & Illustrators Festival

Tuesday, February 27 — Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival will be a two-day festival from February 26-28 2024! Students in grades four to eight are invited to sign up for a series of literary activities including artist presentations and hands-on master classes, working with a professional author or illustrator of their choice. Bring your imagination. Leave inspired!

The MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival returned on April 4 with an in-person, sold-out event at our new location, the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Over 140 budding young writers and artists enjoyed the opportunity to work with award-winning Canadian authors and illustrators. After a day of exciting literary activities, author readings and hands-on master classes, students left the event freshly inspired to work on their own creations.

Stay tuned for more details about the 2024 event!

What people are saying

Thank you for giving us a chance to meet these amazing authors. I learned a lot today and I think it really improved my creativity. Having real authors to guide us through everything was just an awesome experience. Thank you very much for hosting this event! I loved it!

— Participant

I have attended the festival for 3 years now and every year I leave with so much knowledge. I have written some of my best work from ideas I have had at this festival and I am eternally grateful for the tips and expertise that this festival has provided me.

— Participant

This experience today was definitely one that I will never forget. It was so much fun, and I learned so many new ways to write, and techniques to make my writing better. I learned so many new games. And the games aren’t just really fun, but can teach your mind to think in different ways.

— Participant

Thank you for this utterly amazing day!! I was overjoyed during every minute! The activities were simply divine!

— Participant

I love writing and this workshop really helped me learn strategies to warm up my brain when trying to write. …. Listening to all these incredible authors and illustrators talk about how much effort they put into their work really inspired me! Thank you so much!

— Participant

It was a very fun day to be able to come here with other students who all had a common interest. I really hope MASC festival keeps going as it was something I really enjoyed and hope other kids can participate in. It actually helped me in a way to get out of my comfort zone, it was really nice to see/talk to people that had a common interest.

— Participant

This festival was really fun! It is really good to meet writers like me and learn from people who have actually achieved their author dreams. I will definitely come back next year!

— Participant

I hope you understand how important you guys are. I know that so many kids had the time of their lives here.

— Participant

Thank you again for the absolute pleasure of being part of the MASC adventure this year. I loved it, meeting all of you who work so hard to bring the arts alive for talented young Canadians, and meeting Catherine, Tim, Adrienne, Kean, and Soyeon too. And of course, the young writers and artists just blew me away. I felt incredibly lucky to join you all! Congrats on a wonderful event. I had such a good time over the past two days. I'm exhilarated and exhausted, the good kind of exhaustion, the kind that suggests you've been part of something wonderful.

— Philippa Dowding

I just wanted to say thank you again so much for such a lovely couple of days! The event went off beautifully…….everything was just amazing! Once more thank you, it was such an honour to be a part of this. Bravo again, and well done!

— Adrienne Kress

Thank you for organizing the event and having me at the MASC again this year. I had a great time connecting with everyone whether they were kids, volunteers, organizers, writers/illustrators. With ice storms that just missed us and lovely sunny day, I think we were meant to be there, all together inspiring each other to shine.

— Soyeon Kim

Thank you so much for having me! It was a truly fantastic event, as always, and I came home inspired to write and work myself! Please pass along my thanks and sincere gratitude to everyone at MASC. The event ran so smoothly, and it was so much fun-- if you ever need me back for any future events, please don't hesitate to reach out!

— Kean Soo

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

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

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

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