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Lois Peterson

Lois Peterson

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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. In BC she raised a daughter, Holly, and worked for 40 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. Since then she has published seven more books for readers between the ages of six and 14.

A popular workshop instructor, Lois Peterson is a regular presenter at the Surrey International Writers Conference and other events. She has served as Writer in Residence, teaching historical fiction to Grade 7 students at York House School in Vancouver, and to the youth Learning Programs in Surrey. She also conducts storytelling workshops for children and seniors. 

After retiring from public library work, she worked as Executive Director of a homeless shelter in Nanaimo, BC, and subsequently wrote SHELTER- HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY - Oct. 2021, Orca Book Publishers. 

Lois lives in Nanaimo, and travels, reads, paints and spends time with family.



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
The Paper House. Orca
Disconnect. Orca


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 / / The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw / The Paper House, 2010
SYRCA Diamond Lily nomination for Meeting Miss 405 / The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw / The Paper House, 2010, 2012, 2014
Nomiation for the Horny Toad Award (Texas) for The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

To Begin at the Beginning



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


A duscussion of the origins of story.
My own beginnings as a writer/storyteller.
Origins and information about my books.
Presentations usually include a told creation story, which for older groups I use as a model to explain the common structure for storytelling - character development, goals and obstacles, along with repeated elements and refrains.