Member Profile

Lois Peterson

Photo: EE Henry 2009

Born in the UK, Lois Peterson was raised in England, at a Cornish boarding school, and in Iraq. She came to Vancouver in 1971 via Paris, London and New York, where she raised a daughter, Holly, and worked for more than 30 years in a public library.

Meanwhile, her short stories, articles and essays were published internationally in journals, newspapers and anthologies, and she taught writing to continuing education students, seniors, kids and prision inmates, out of which came her book 101-and more-Writing Exercises to get You Started & Keep You Going.

In 2007 she began writing for children, and her first young reader was published in October 2008. A second is scheduled for spring 2010 publication.

A popular workshop instructor, Lois Peterson is a regular presenter at the Surrey International Writers Conference and other events. She also conducts storytelling workshops for children and seniors.

In her 'other life' she works part-time as a Development Officer for Crescent Beach Community Services at Camp Alexandra in South Surrey, BC.

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Meeting Miss 405. Orca Book Publishers, 2008
101-and more-Writing Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going. Metta Publishing, 2006
The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw. Orca Book Publishers (Young Reader), 2010
Silver Rain. Orca, 2010
Beyond Repair. Orca, 2011


Special Achievement Award for Surrey International Writers Conference, 1999
Chocolate Lily WINNER for Meeting Miss 405, 2010
Nomination for the OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award for MEETING MISS 405, 2010
SYRCA Diamond Lily nomination for MEETING MISS 405, 2010
Nomination for OLA Silver Birch Express for The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw, 2011
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Readings. Discussion about the power and purpose of story. The writing process. The publishing world.

Presentation Length:
45-90 minutes
Children's fiction, creative writing, storytelling
Audience size:
Workshop Description:

Writing workshops for all ages. Storytelling workshops, partly based on the model created by Jack Zipes.

Northern OAC WITS:
GST not applicable