- Born and raised in California before moving to Saskatchewan in 1976, award-winning Regina author Alison Lohans has been writing since childhood and was first published at age 12. To date she has published twenty-six books for young people and one poetry chapbook, as well as numerous short pieces in many genres. Her books range from picture books to early reader chapter books, middle grade fiction, young adult, and "crossover" YA-adult novels.
Coming in 2018 is Timefall with Five Rivers Publishing, a re-issue of the combined Collapse of the Veil and Crossings originally published by Bundoran Press. Among Alison's older titles, This Land We Call Home(Pearson Education New Zealand, 2007)won the 2008 SaskEnergy Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Leaving Mr. Humphries and Picturing Alyssa were both shortlisted for two different Saskatchewan Book Awards, and Leaving Mr. Humphries was also a finalist for the 2014 High Plains Book Awards and the 2015 Shining Willow Award.
Alison has given hundreds of readings and workshops across Canada, and occasionally teaches writing as well. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 2012 YWCA Jacquie Schumiatcher Woman of Distinction Award for the Arts. Alison served as Writer-in-Residence at Regina Public Library in 2002-2003. She lives in Regina with her two dogs and four finches and, in her spare time, enjoys playing and singing in several music groups.
- Fiction » Children's Literature—Picture Books, Children's—Middle Years, Children's Writing—Young Adult
- Editing » Copyediting, Developmental/Project Editing, Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing), Proofreading, Substantive/Structural Editing
- Genre Writing » Children’s Writing
- Lecturing/Public Speaking » Conferences
- Teaching/Instruction » Professional Development Workshops, Writer-in-Residence
- No Place for Kids. Heritage House, 2014
- Leaving Mr. Humphries. Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2013
- The Break. Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2012
- Stop That Pup!. Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2012
- Crossings. Bundoran Press, 2012
- Picturing Alyssa. Dundurn, 2011
- Dog Alert. Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2011
- Doppelganger. Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2010
- Germy Johnson's Piano War. aemWORKS Publishing, 2010
- Collapse of the Veil. Bundoran Press, 2010
- Don't Think Twice (new edition). Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2009
- River Rat. Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2008
- Germy Johnson's Secret Plan (new edition). aemWORKS Publishing, 2008
- This Land We Call Home. Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2007
- The Raspberry Room. Orca, 2006
- Old, Tired Dog. Heinemann Education (NZ) Ltd., 2006
- Tunings. B-) Print Editions, 2005
- Waiting for the Sun. Red Deer Press, 2001
- Sundog Rescue. Annick Press, 1999
- No Place for Kids. Roussan, 1999
- Skateboard Kids. Roussan, 1999
- Getting Rid of Mr. Ribitus. Hodgepog, 1998
- Don't Think Twice. Thistledown Press, 1997
- Nathaniel's Violin. Orca, 1996
- Laws of Emotion. Thistledown Press, 1993
- Foghorn Passage. Stoddart, 1992
- Germy Johnson's Secret Plan. Scholastic Canada, 1992
- Mystery of the Lunchbox Criminal. Scholastic Canada, 1990
- Can You Promise Me Spring?. Scholastic Canada, 1986
- Who Cares About Karen?. Scholastic Canada, 1983
- Basics of fiction writing
- Group Size:Interactive entry-level workshop on writing fiction. We will discuss finding workable ideas, and basic story structure. We'll work on developing characters and, in small groups, will put those characters to work establishing conflict and a possible plot arc. We'll discuss developing a writing routine, and ways of "sticking with it" even if/when the path seems not to be working.
- Writing children's fiction
- Group Size:Interactive workshop on writing children's books: early reader novels, middle grade novels, and young adult novels. What constitutes a good idea? Finding and developing our characters. Putting those characters to work solving a child-sized problem. There will be small-group work to set up conflict and possible plot arcs using characters developed in this workshop. We will talk about the shape of a children's novel, and discuss word counts.
- Writing children's picture books
- Group Size:Interactive workshop on writing the picture book, one of the most challenging fictional genres to write. We will discuss finding ideas that work in this genre (as contrasted to a short story). We'll work on finding and developing characters with a strong, authentic narrative voice. We'll discuss putting those characters to work solving a child-sized problem. We'll also discuss the importance of precise word choices - which must be as active, and evocative, as in crafting a poem.
Audience Age Groups
- Secondary School (10-12)
- Middle School (6-9)
- Elementary School (K-5)