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Dianne Young

Photo: Amanda Andre 2018

I am, in alphabetical order, fifty-eight years old, a mother, a retired educational assistant, a widow, a writer and a yodeller. I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, albeit in many different communities. I now live in Martensville, which is a small city just north of Saskatoon.

I have been writing for children for over 25 years. My first book, The Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse Band, was published in 1990. My fifth book was published in March 2012. I was really excited about it because I first wrote that story 19 years ago! I am a member of CANSCAIP, SCBWI, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, CCBC, TWUC, and two writing groups for children’s writers.

I love reading and writing (except about myself) and learning new things. I am easy-going and have a good sense of humour.

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The Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse Band. Tree Frog Press, 1990
Purple Hair? I Don't Care!. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1994
A World of Difference. Whitecap Books, 1999
Honey Trouble. aemWorks, 2009
Dear Flyary. Kids Can Press, 2012


Saskatchewan Book of the Year - Children's Literature for Dear Flyary, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

My presentations are approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on
the age of the kids and their “sittability”. I start by reading one of
my books, then talk about how books are made—from the author to the
publisher to the printer to the bookstore. I have visuals to show the
colour separation process the printer uses. That wows them everytime! If
there’s time I will then read a story that I’ve written that hasn’t
been published yet, and finish up with questions.

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Picture Books
Audience size:
up to 60
Workshop Description:

Northern OAC WITS:
One session:
$$175 + mileage and accommodation if needed
Two sessions:
$$300 + mileage and accommodation if needed
Three sessions:
$$475 + mileage and accommodation if needed
Four sessions:
$$600 + mileage and accommodation if needed
GST not applicable