Mary Lou Dickinson

Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Mary Lou Dickinson has been writing since she was a young child. Her grandmother, who had a column in a Toronto newspaper, paid $5 to publish one of the budding writer’s poems. This hooked a young, impressionable child who was trying to decide between being the first woman RCMP officer or an early female pilot to pursue the path of writing instead.

The author grew up in northern Quebec and migrated to Toronto via Montreal and Michigan. She studied Arts at McGill University and Library Science at University of Toronto before discovering workshops and residencies in creative writing. She has participated in such opportunities at:

  • York University. Glendon Campus. Writing Workshop. Summer 1973.
  • Banff Centre for the Arts. Writing Studio. Spring 1992.
  • Maritime Writers Workshop. Summer 1997.
  • Humber School for Writers. Summer 2006.

She participated in the Moosemeat Writers Group for over ten years and now works with two smaller writing groups for discussion and critique.

Dickinson also worked in information centres and consulted around the collection and organization of information and resources. When she retired from the regular work force it was after twenty years as a telephone crisis counsellor in the area of violence against women.