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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.
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.
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.
Dianne Young, 2020
DriverWorks Ink, 2018
Baobab Press, 2018
Kids Can Press, 2012
Whitecap Books, 1999
Fitzhenry & Whiteside (Kane Miller, USA), 1994
Tree Frog Press, 1990