Meet Our Members: Alice Kuipers


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Bestselling author Alice Kuipers has published five award-winning YA novels internationally, most recently, Me and Me, described by Bif Naked as mesmerizing. Her two picture books feature twins Violet and Victor, and she has an upcoming chapter book series with Chronicle Press. She is writing a memoir about teenager Carley Allison with Kids Can Press. She has had stories produced for CBC and essays published in Bristol Review of Books and Easy Living magazine. She blogged for Today’s Parent, and The Huffington Post. Alice’s work is published in 34 countries. She has four children.

Join her free writing course here.


Describe your workspace.

Right now, I’m working in Citizen’s Cafe in downtown Saskatoon. I work anywhere I have a laptop and headphones.

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Describe a typical workday.

Not enough writing, a lot of emails, fun with the children, exhaustion from the children, lots of reading.




List three of your most favourite things in your workspace and why they are meaningful.

Coffee. To keep me going. My phone. To stay connected. A message on my laptop that reads: I Love You, Mumm.


Do you have any rituals in your work habits?

No rituals–I just work whenever I get a moment.

What do you listen to while you work?

Spotify playlists.

fabulous-fairy-taleWhat is your drink and/or snack of choice while you’re working?

Coffee and herbal teas.

How do you develop your story ideas? Do you use an outline, let the muse lead you, or another technique?

I try to outline, and I end up deleting a lot of words that I could have saved myself writing if I’d stuck to my outline.

If you were forced to share your workspace but could share it with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?

With my partner, Yann. He’s sitting right next to me now.


What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve heard or received?

To read. Every good writer I’ve ever listened to says it–and it’s very true.



Thanks to Jennifer Chambliss Bertman for the use of her Creative Spaces interview questions.

Alice Kuipers: A Writing Life – Maximizing Your Writing Time While Finding the Joy in Your Work

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers

Come and hear award-winning author Alice Kuipers talk about “A Writing Life: Maximizing your Writing Time while Finding the Joy in your Work.”

Alice gave this talk live on her Facebook Fan Page ( on June 19, 2017. But in case you missed it, it is still available on Facebook, as well as on YouTube on the Sask CANSCAIP channel!


Here’s a summary:

Become the productive writer you want to be. Join bestselling, award-winning author Alice Kuipers for this practical talk on managing a writing life. Alice shares her tips and tricks to help you select your best ideas, focus your time and hone your writing process. Alice has published seven books for children and young adults, with three more books coming out in the next two years. She teaches both online and in person, and she has four children, so she knows exactly what it’s like to manage a creative yet busy life.

Sign up to her newsletter  and receive free access to her online writing course Freeflow: A Writing Journey.

Who:  Bestselling author Alice Kuipers was born in London. She moved to Canada in 2003. Her first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, won several awards. Since then, she has published three further award-winning YA novels internationally, with the fourth, The Death of Us, a CLA shortlisted title. Me (and) Me, her fifth YA novel, is described by Bif Naked as mesmerising. Her picture book Violet and Victor Write the Best Ever Bookworm Book was selected as an Amazon best pick and Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale was a Winter Indie 2015 Selection. She has an upcoming chapter book series with Chronicle Press.

Alice’s work has been published in 34 countries and her first novel made into plays in London, Paris and Tokyo.

Learn more about Alice, find her writing tips and hints, and access her free, online writing course at .


Many thanks to the Saskatchewan Writers Guild for sponsoring this talk with a Writing Group Grant.