Lois Sanders, DMA, Minister of Music, has served as a University Professor of
Music, missionary to Brazil, and author. She has been Minister of Music in churches
in Kansas, New Jersey, and Florida. She is active in several musical groups in
this area, regularly performing in concerts. She has performed in and directed
several operas and theatrical productions. As an author, she has written religious
curricula, children's stories, short stories and books, winning several awards
for her work. She maintains a music studio and offers courses and private instruction
in voice. In 2005, she and her husband, Tom, served a missionary tour in China,
teaching English as a Second Language.
Mary Lois received her bachelor's
and master's degrees in music from Baylor University. She earned her Doctor of
Musical Arts (DMA) in Voice and Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Lois is active in the writing community in The Villages, Florida, and edits The
Creative Writers' Notebook (www.courtjesterpublications.com),
and the anthology created from the winning entries from their annual short story
contest. She is a four-year alumnus of the St. George Island Writers' Retreat.
She has twice taught dynamic workshops on how to edit writing.
to a recent Court Jester Publications website release, "November 2009: The
Florida Writers Association (FWA) has announced that two of CWNs own have
won prestigious Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLAs). Frank Ridge, of the Villages,
won Second Place for Unpublished Flash Fiction and Honorable Mention for Published
Short Story. Mary Lois Sanders, Managing Editor, won Second Place for Unpublished
Young Adult fiction.
is a statewide nonprofit trade association with some 1,000 members. Ms. Sanders
and Mr. Ridges awards were announced at the awards ceremony at FWAs
recent three-day annual conference at the Lake Mary Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
The conference attracted nearly 300 member-attendees and offered a mix of workshops
and opportunities to network with a faculty of agents, acquisition editors, publishers,
and industry professionals from across the United States. The ceremony was the
conferences crowning event." Congratulations,
Genre: Childrens historical fiction.
Current writing goal(s): Complete new
Works in Progress: "Timothy Michael O'Hara, Virginia
Published works: Articles & short stories in children's mags:
"Calliope," "Cobblestone," "Boy's Life;" Bible study
curriculum for kids.