Middle School Authors
DIANA WIELER was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1961. She moved to Calgary as a teenager and, after high school, took the Television, Stage and Radio Arts Program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Working in radio in Calgary, and then for a newspaper in Saskatoon proved to be valuable training for a writing career, which she now pursues full time.
Diana first published short stories: A Dog On His Own, (storybook, Prairie Publishing Company), To the Mountains by Morning, published in a grade three reader (Nelson Canada) and winner of the CBC Literary Competition in 1984; The Boy Who Walked Backwards, (Coteau Books), published in the anthology Prairie Jungle and awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award in 1985; The Finder, (Houghton Mifflin) and The Scream, published in The Canadian Children's Annual.
Her most recent books include Last Chance Summer, (Western Producer, Prairie Books), winner of the Ebel Memorial Award; Bad Boy, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature in 1989, the Ruth Schwartz Foundation Award for Excellence, the Canadian Library Association for Young Adult Book of the Year in 1990 and also optioned for Canadian film rights; RanVan the Defender, which won the Mr. Christie's Book Award, RanVan: A Worthy Opponent, RanVan: Magic Nation, winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People, 1997, and Drive, winner of the McNally Roibinson Book of the Year for Young People, 1998, were all published by Groundwood Books.
Diana is at work on another novel, and maintains a website at www.makersgallery.com/wieler which includes mini writing workshops.
Diana returned to Winnipeg in 1990, where she lives with her husband and son, Ben.