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Alison Lohans
Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Middle (Grades 6-9)
Elementary (Grades K - 5)
Adults

Alison Lohans

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.


Workshops Offered

Basics of fiction writing
Group Size: 8-15
Ages:
Year: 0
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: 8-15
Ages:
Year: 0
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: 8-15
Ages:
Year: 0
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.

Publications

Timefall

Five Rivers Publishing, 2018

No Place for Kids

Heritage House, 2014

Leaving Mr. Humphries

Your Nickel\'s Worth Publishing, 2013

Crossings

Bundoran Press, 2012

Stop That Pup!

Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2012

The Break

Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2012

Dog Alert

Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2011

Picturing Alyssa

Dundurn, 2011

Collapse of the Veil

Bundoran Press, 2010

Doppelganger

Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2010

Germy Johnson's Piano War

aemWORKS Publishing, 2010

Don't Think Twice (new edition)

Your Nickel\'s Worth Publishing, 2009

Germy Johnson's Secret Plan (new edition)

aemWORKS Publishing, 2008

River Rat

Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2008

This Land We Call Home

Pearson Education (NZ) Ltd., 2007

Old, Tired Dog

Heinemann Education (NZ) Ltd., 2006

The Raspberry Room

Orca, 2006

Tunings

B-) Print Editions, 2005

Waiting for the Sun

Red Deer Press, 2001

No Place for Kids

Roussan, 1999

Skateboard Kids

Roussan, 1999

Sundog Rescue

Annick Press, 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

Writing Groups

  • CANSCAIP SK Horizons
  • Children's Writers Round Robin

Genres

Fiction
  • Children's Literature—Picture Books
  • Children's Writing—Young Adult
  • Children's—Middle Years
  • Speculative—Fantasy

Services

Editing
  • Copyediting
  • Developmental/Project Editing
  • Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing)
  • Proofreading
  • Substantive/Structural Editing
Genre Writing
  • Children’s Writing
Journalism
  • Reviews
Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Special Events
Teaching/Instruction
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Writer-in-Residence
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