MASC Annual Reports MASC Annual Report 2017 - 2018 - Page 9

MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival The MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival is a three-day literary event that brings some of Canada’s finest writers and illustrators of children’s books to Ottawa every spring to work with aspiring young authors and illustrators. The 27th annual festival welcomed 200 children per day in Grades 4 - 8, who share a passion for writing, reading and book illustration. The days at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum were packed with literary activities including artist presentations and readings, hands-on creative workshops, book sales, and author signings. This year’s line-up included authors Melanie Florence, Shane Peacock, Sharon Jennings, Hélène Boudreau and Jeff Ross; and illustrators Brian McLachlan, Doretta Groenendyk and Gabrielle Grimard. Thanks to the ongoing support from Eagle Professional Resources and the Canada Council for the Arts. As one student said: “Everyone attending is so thankful for this festival…. Take pride in fueling Canada’s next generation of young authors and illustrators. I had a great time today and dearly love this festival.” What Events MASC Your Story Festival This fourth annual literary festival for teens brought six Canadian artists to Ottawa in February to work with 100 students from Grades 8 to 12. Presenters included authors Monique Polak, Max Turner, Caroline Pignat, Melanie Florence and Alan Cumyn and illustrator Brian McLachlan. The day was filled with literary activities including a panel discussion moderated by CBC’s Adrian Harewood, a spoken word performance and a collaborative poetry writing activity by ‘Apollo the Child’, hands-on creative workshops, author readings and a book fair with artist signings. Many thanks to Leacross Foundations for their continuing support of this event. In the words of one student: "The open, inspiring structure of Your Story is phenomenal for learning. Farewell and thank you for such an excellent experience! I’ve loved it all through High School.” 8