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

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 Alison has published thirty books for young people and adults, one poetry chapbook, and numerous short pieces in many genres with numerous Canadian and international presses. Her books range from picture books to early reader chapter books, middle grade fiction, young adult, "crossover" YA-adult novels, and romance novels. 2023 new releases include her new early-reader chapter book Tyler Evans the Great with Your Nickel's Worth Publishing (illustrated by Gretchen Ehrsam) and in the same genre, Germy Johnson's Stolen Skateboard (illustrated by Sandra Norman), which was initially publied in 1999 by a press that soon after went bankrupt. This all-new edition has been massively revised to fit with the other books in Alison's Germy Johnson series. 2022 brought the release of Alison's second romance novel, Strong as a Pharaoh, also with BWL Publishing. 2021 brought a number of short, literary fiction publications, appearing in Grain; in apart: a year of pandemic poetry and prose; and a genre flash-fiction story published in the anthology Ink.  Coming in 2024 is Alison's sixth picture book, The Wind in Amanda's Cello (working title) with Shadowpaw Press. 

Among Alison's older titles, her latest picture book The 1-Dogpower Garden Team (YNWP, 2021); won a Silver Medal in the Moonbeam Awards, and was first runner-up in the Animals/Pets category of the Next Generation Indie Book Award, as well as being a finalist for the Saskatchewan Book Awards. The first edition of Timefall (Five Rivers Publishing, 2018) was a finalist for the 2019 Prix Aurora Award, Young Adult novel category. This Land We Call Home (Pearson Education New Zealand, 2007. now reprinted many times by Pearson Australia) won the 2008 SaskEnergy Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Leaving Mr. Humphries (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2013) and Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn, 2011) 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 for the 2015 Shining Willow Award.

Alison has given more than a thousand readings and workshops across Canada. She regularly does manuscript evaluations, and occasionally teaches writing as well. She's done some editing for Coteau Books, and for Radiant Press, as well as private-contract editing. Alison 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, and has mentored many now-successful writers, some of whom have won awards for their books. Alison loves to travel, and finds that visiting new places often generates new book ideas. In her spare time, Alison enjoys playing several different instruments, and singing, in local music groups. Alison Lohans lives in Regina with her dogs Sebastian and Sassy, and her two budgies.

Workshops Offered

Basics of fiction writing
Group Size: 8-15
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
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
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.


Germy Johnson's Stolen Skateboard

Alison Lohans Books / Kindle Direct Publishing, 2023, Publication

Tyler Evans the Great

Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2023, Publication

Strong as a Pharaoh

BWL (Books We Love Publishing), 2022, Publication

Canine Cupid

BWL (Books We Love Publishing), 2021, Publication

The 1-Dogpower Garden Team

Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2021, Publication

Timefall, 2nd edition

Alison Lohans Books, through Kindle Direct Publishing, 2020, Publication


Five Rivers Publishing, 2018,

No Place for Kids

Heritage House, 2014,

Leaving Mr. Humphries

Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2013, Publication


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,


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,


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
  • The Saskatchewan Romance Writers Regina


  • Children's Literature—Picture Books
  • Children's Writing—Young Adult
  • Children's—Middle Years
  • Literary
  • Romance
  • Speculative—Fantasy
  • Speculative—Science Fiction
  • Speculative—Supernatural
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Children's
  • General


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