Quirky, energetic and passionate: I love to talk to audiences of all ages.
I love to get out and share my love for books, reading and writing, and would love to be invited to come and speak at your school, festival or writers group. I also love to speak to adults on a wide range of topics including following your dreams, belonging, impostor syndrome and more.
Stop Press: During the Covid-19 Pandemic, I am available to visit your school, library, or student cohort virtually, using Zoom, Webex, Skype or other platform. I am able to adapt any of the below sessions, or tailor something to your needs.
Sally Murphy is my idol and she’s the author who inspired me to write books when I was in year 3 in Victoria” Taylah, 6W, Penrith PS
I am an experienced teacher and speaker, with loads of enthusiasm and energy, and am able to run sessions including:
- Meet the author
- Readings of my work
- Writing workshops for all ages
- Poetry workshops
- Talks to book discussion groups
- Talks about book reviewing.
- Addresses about children’s and Australian literature
- Virtual school visits.
I can work with children of all ages – from early childhood, to year 12 and beyond.
Workshop/Presentation Ideas (or I can tailor to your needs)
Meet the Author
Tailored to the age of the audience, these sessions include a combination of reading from one or more of my books, and talking about the writer’s life – where ideas come from, how they are shaped into stories, and the steps in producing a book. Questions are encouraged, and sessions are usually very interactive.
Sometimes I Cry
For middle primary through to secondary students, Sally talks about the tougher topics she deals with in her verse novels and historical picture books, and why she feels they are important.
You Can Write Poetry
Tailored to the age group, a hands on writing workshop where participants are enabled to write free verse poetry. Suitable for primary, secondary or adult participants.
But I Don’t Know What to Write!
For any age group, lots of ideas to get started, and how to keep going. The aim of this workshop is for participants to just write – and they will.
For classes who have studied one of her works, Sally will tailor a discussion around themes and issues that have arisen during their reading, giving readers a chance to have their questions answered.
Whole Day Writing Workshop (NEW)
Want to build your students’ writing skills in an in-depth experience? Drawing on one or more of her books, Sally will structure a day of activities to your chosen area of writing,including poetry, narrative, character development, plotting and more.
Combining creative writing with speaking skills, and exploring social justice and themes of belonging, this workshop uses poetry activities to connect students with classmates, the community and the wider world.
What if you got a card in the mail from a stranger? How would you react? This workshop uses a greeting card as a starting point for plotting a story with YOU as the main character. Suitable for 7-11 year olds.
Do Not Forget Australia
2018 marked the 100th Anniversary of a battle in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux, a battle which forged a friendship between France and Australia. Sally Murphy’s picture book, Do Not Forget Australia tells the story of this friendship in an accessible form. She is available to visit schools,libraries and festivals to share the story in a session tailored to the age of the audience.
Feedback from a satisfied teacher:
“I was fortunate enough during school to attend a session much like this one with the now famous Roald Dahl. He was incredibly dynamic and he went on to become such a figure head in children’s literature. From what I’ve seen of your presentation today and your well rounded body of work – I believe that you will be the next Roald Dahl. Thank you so much for this opportunity” (Cannington Library, 2014)
For Writers Festivals, Conferences, and Functions of Any Type
I love to talk and to inspire, and am comfortable speaking to audiences of all sizes. I can speak to groups of all ages and backgrounds, can act as an MC, take part in panel discussions and present workshops.
- overcoming imposter syndrome
- belonging – wherever you are
- writing and getting published
- getting kids to read
- the lessons we can learn from literature
- following dreams
- staying sane as a mother
- written and spoken communication skills.
- the challenges of settling in to country towns
- and more
Themes Covered in My Works Include:
- Coping with change
I am happy to discuss your needs and create a programme that suits your needs.
Contact me to find out more.