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Dianne Young
Audience Age Groups
Elementary (Grades K - 5)

Dianne Young

Dianne has always lived in Saskatchewan. She was born in Regina and lived in Pilot Butte, Meadow Lake, Prince Albert, Creighton, Saskatoon and Martensville. She has worked as a server in a fast-food restaurant, as a pot-washer in a care home, as a labourer in a meat-packing plant (where she met her husband), as a research technician in Neuropsychiatric Research, and as an Educational Assistant. She retired in June 2016, after becoming a widow in 2014.

Dianne began writing in 1986 and has had eight books published so far - six for children and two for adults. She has belonged to the same writing group - The Children's Writers' Round Robin - since 1990, and has learned a lot from these wonderful women..

Her latest children's book is Grampa, Will You Tell Me a Story?, illustrated by the creator of the Pickles comic strip, Brian Crane. Nelson asks Earl for a story, and Earl comes up with a whopper of a tale that will keep you guessing and laughing.

Her latest book for adults is 60 THINGS: A Year To Remember, To celebrate turning 60, Dianne decided to spend the year doing 60 things she'd never done before. This is the story of her adventures--shaving her head, skydiving, visiting a nudist camp, and 57 other ingruiging first-evers.

Workshops Offered

Writing Grief Letters
Group Size: 2-15
Ages: Adults

If you could send a letter back in time to your newly-widowed self, what would you say? This emotional workshop can get you started, with examples from Dear Me: The Widow Letters. It does not matter how long ago you were widowed, or the circumstances. This letter is a chance to look back at what you didn't know then, and how far you have come now.

Writing Picture Books
Group Size: 2-15
Ages: Adults

A great picture book involves good storytelling with a limited number of words. Dianne will talk about standard formats, plot and dialogue, relatable characters, use of rhyme, illustration, and more. She will also discuss how important it is to read picture books if you want to write them.


60 THINGS: A Year To Remember

Dianne Young, 2020,

Dear Me: The Widow Letters

DriverWorks Ink, 2018,

Grampa, Will You Tell Me a Story?

Baobab Press, 2018,

Dear Flyary

Kids Can Press, 2012,

Honey Trouble

aemWorks, 2009,

A World of Difference

Whitecap Books, 1999,

Purple Hair? I Don't Care!

Fitzhenry & Whiteside (Kane Miller, USA), 1994,

The Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse Band

Tree Frog Press, 1990,


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Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal

Writing Groups

  • CANSCAIP SK Horizons
  • Children's Writers Round Robin


Electronic Media
  • Blogs
  • Children's Literature—Picture Books
  • Humour
  • Inspirational
  • Memoir
  • Children's
  • Humourous and/or Nonsense


Genre Writing
  • Poetry
Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Professional Development Workshops
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