Frieda Wishinsky (Keynote Speaker)
Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over sixty trade and educational books. She writes in a variety of genres: picture books, novels and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into many languages and her picture book, Please, Louise! (Groundwood) won the 2008 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She is the author of the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures (Owlkids). Frieda’s latest books are Avis Dolphin (Groundwood) and Colossal Canada (Scholastic). Frieda loves sharing the writing process with students at all levels. http://friedawishinsky.com/
Ted Staunton is the author of many books for young people, from long-time picture book Puddleman, to the young adult novel Who I’m Not, winner of the CCBC John Spray Mystery award in 2014. His most recent book, Coda, is part of the popular SEVEN series. Over the years he’s also performed and led workshops everywhere from Inuvik to Addis Ababa. When not writing, Ted plays music in the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band and in 2014 toured the prairies on the Home Routes folk music trail. Born very young, Ted is now older and lives with his family in Port Hope, Ontario. http://www.tedstauntonbooks.com/
Alison Lohans is an award-winning, internationally-published author who has been writing since childhood. She decided at age 12 that she wanted to write YA fiction, and to date has 9 young adult books to her credit, as well as 17 additional books in four other categories of young people’s fiction. In her YA novels Alison has worked intensively in realistic fiction (both contemporary and historical) as well as exploring the realm of fantasy with her Passage Through Time Series (Collapse of the Veil, and Crossings). Her historical novel This Land We Call Home won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA fiction. In recent years Alison has turned to self-publishing in addition to her work with commercial and educational publishers. Alison Lohans lives in Regina, and is one of the founding members of the CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons Conference. http://books4kids.ca/alison-lohans/ and https://alisonlohans.wordpress.com/
Dakota McFadzean is the author of Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On (Conundrum Press, 2013) and Don’t Get Eaten by Anything: A Collection of “The Dailies” (Conundrum Press, 2015). His work has appeared in Mad Magazine, The Best American Comics, Funny or Die, and Prairie Dog. He also co-edits a comics anthology called Irene with American cartoonists Andy Warner and d.w. and currently works as a storyboard artist for DreamWorks Animation TV. http://dakotamcfadzean.com/
Gillian Richardson is a former Saskatchewan resident now living in BC. She has published 18 books for children that include nonfiction, juvenile novels and picture books. She has written educational books for Scholastic and Weigl Publishers, and her nonfiction books with Annick Press (Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds and 10 Plants that Shook the World) have earned multiple awards. Her work includes numerous short stories and articles for children’s magazines such as Cricket and KNOW. As an instructor for The Institute of Children’s Literature (2002-2015), she taught adults through correspondence courses in writing for children. She writes reviews of children’s books for CM magazine.
Anne Shone is a Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada. She has worked in book publishing for close to twenty years, concentrating on children’s books for the last fifteen. In that time, she has worked with many of Canada’s top children’s book authors and illustrators. Anne edits in all genres, including picture books (recent highlights include Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend by Ruth Ohi, Goodnight, Canada, by Andrea Beck, and The Duck Says by Troy Wilson, illustrated by Mike Boldt); novels (The Opposite of Geek by Ria Voros, and Vikki VanSickle’s Love Is a Four Letter Word); and myriad non-fiction titles, including the recently released Colossal Canada: 100 Epic Facts and Feats by Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky. http://www.scholastic.ca/
Heather Nickel is the founder and operator of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing in Regina SK, a company that helps authors to self-publish their books. YNWP publishes 15-20 books a year. It was established in 1998, and has been a member of SaskBooks since 1999. Heather holds a B.A. in English from the University of Saskatchewan (1989), and attends industry-related seminars and workshops hosted by SaskBooks, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Editors’ Association of Canada, Saskatchewan branch. She has served on the SaskBooks board since 2007 and is its current president.