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 writings, and would love to be invited to come and speak at your school, festival or writers group.
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 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.
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)
And a report on a recent visit to a local school: here.
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.
- 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.