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A former teacher, Lois Donovan is the author of two Young Adult, time-travel historical novels, The Journal, and Winds of L’Acadie, both of which feature significant stories from Canada’s past. Her current work in progress, This Girl, That Song, One Summer, is a contemporary teen novel repped by Stacey Kondla of The Right Factory.

In addition to reading and writing, Lois enjoys sharing her passion for Canada’s stories, and her love of writing at schools, conferences and conventions. When she is not reading or writing she enjoys nature walks with her two Shelties. Lois lives in Calgary with her husband, daughter and fur kids. Visit her at www.loisdonovan.com or check out her Lois Donovan author page on Facebook.

Lois Donovan is available for in-person sessions in the Calgary area and online sessions anywhere in Alberta in 2023-24.


Caution: Writers At Work – In this session students learn where to find ideas, how to recognize when an idea is story worthy, and how to turn this idea into a compelling story.

Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary – Students discover the magic ingredients to transform everyday, ordinary situations into extraordinary scenes for their stories.

Online sessions include behind the scenes look at the writing of Winds of L’Acadie and/or The Journal including writing process and my time-travelling experience (research) as I wrote the books. Historical presentations that fit in with the deportations of the Acadians or the history of the Women As Persons Case are also possibilities.

These sessions are also available in video format with a Q & A virtual follow-up session.

Q & A meet-and-greet virtual sessions are available for classes that have read one of her novels in class.


In-person half day (up to 2 hours): $225

In-person full day (up to 4 hours): $350

Virtual session: $75 for up to 60 minutes


Winds of L’Acadie, Ronsdale Press 2007. Golden Eagle Book Award, runner-up,  Hackmatack Reader’s Choice Award, chosen as a Canadian Childrens Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2008. Middle grade novel for ages 9-15.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Sarah travels back in time via her grandfather’s special Mi’kmaq quill box only to discover it is 1755 and the Acadian deportation is imminent. Can she help her Acadian friends escape, or will she be stuck there as well when the transport ships arrive? Themes of family, friends, and identity are woven into this accurately portrayed story from Canada’s past.

The Journal, Ronsdale Press 2015 #1 on The Calgary Herald bestsellers list. Middle grade novel for ages 9-12

Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kami discovers a journal in her grandparents’ old house and is transported via newspaper clippings to 1929, where she meets the famous Emily Murphy just as she is fighting the Persons Case.  Themes of family, betrayal, friendship, racism and identity, and women’s rights are woven into this story from Canada’s past.