Dorris Heffron was born in Noranda, Quebec. She earned an Honours B.A., M.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Queen's University, Canada. Heffron lived in Oxford, England from 1968-1980 where she was a tutor for Oxford University and The Open University giving courses in Literature. While there, she wrote three novels about teenagers which are regarded as pioneers in the genre of young adult fiction. They were translated and put on highschool courses in Europe, Japan and Canada. She taught creative writing at the University of Malaysia, travelled extensively in Europe and Asia, and resided while writing and teaching, in Holland, France and Cape Breton Island. Heffron returned to Toronto in 1980. She has served on the National Council of The Writers' Union, the Board of Directors of PEN Canada, The Writers Trust of Canada, the Toronto Arts Council and the Board of Directors of the Native Men's Residence. She was writer-in-residence at Wainfleet Public Library and is current chair of the nominating committee for The Writers' Union of Canada.