Available for virtual visits in : New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island & Saskatchewan

Home Province: British Columbia

Craft: Author

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction/Non-Fiction

Target Audience: Ages 9 -16

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00



Virtual Writing Workshop Information:

I am always happy to consult with teachers to adapt my presentations to reflect their own curriculum priorities.

Facts vs. Opinions (Grades 4 to 7)

  • I will use the example of researching my book SHELTER – HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY to explore where and how people get their ideas and opinions, and how to figure out what facts are true.
  • Using three specific scenarios, I will share ways to interpret facts, and explore different opinions that might arise from them.
  • I will use some of my own writing to convey how my own values and opinions are represented in my fiction and discuss how kids’ interests and values (and those of teachers and other adults in their lives) might drive their reading choices. (A very subtle introduction to the concept of ‘theme’ in fiction).
  • Outcomes Participants will gain some specific tools for evaluating information and have a greater understanding about how their views of the world arise from what they know and what they feel is important.
  • Built into the presentation will be interactive activities and/or a chance for students to submit questions in advance.

Workshop Two: (High School Grades 8 to 12)

Just the Facts, Ma’am – Researching SHELTER – HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY and the work-in-progress MAKING AND CREATING

  • The presentation will provide students with examples of research strategies that take them beyond Google, some of which I used in my book SHELTER, and of the MG nf book MAKING AND CREATING, currently in development.
  • I will review a ten-point list of research resources and tips for making the most of them.
  • I will ‘brainstorm’ a new topic – through student suggestions provided in advance – to demonstrate how I would approach it and the steps I would take to learn more about it – using a visual tool as a framework.
  • Outcomes : Students will learn new strategies for researching both school topics and subjects of interest to them and learn the value of sound, verifiable information in the acquisition of knowledge.
  • Built into the presentation will be interactive activities and/or a chance for students to submit questions/topics/scenarios in advance.

Book List

Shelter – Homelessness in Our Community, Orca Book Publishers, 2021 ( Middle Grade Non-Fiction)

Three Good Things (Orca Book Publishers, 2015)  (Middle School Hi-Lo 10 to 14-year olds)

The Paper House, Orca Book Publishers, 2012, (Young Reader for 8 to 11-year olds)

Disconnect Orca Book Publishers, 2012 (Teen Hi-Lo)

The Wrong Bus, Orca Book Publishers – Early chapter book 2011

Beyond Repair, Orca Book Publishers, 2011 (Teen Hi-lo)

Silver Rain, Orca Book Publishers, 2010 (Middle-grade novel )

The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw, Orca Book Publishers, 2010, (Young Reader for 8 to 11-year olds)

Meeting Miss 405, Orca Book Publishers- chapter book 2008


Lois Peterson is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction for children, and numerous short stories, essays and articles for adults, a storyteller and creative writing teacher. She worked at a public library for more than 35 years and for two and a half years before retirement was employed as executive director of a homeless shelter. Lois lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia where she reads, writes, paints, hikes, travels, and volunteers with community organizations.