New South Wales

Wai Ping Chim

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Preferred audience: children aged 6 to 10 and adults

Wai has written a number of books for young primary readers, including Chook Chook: Mei's Secret Pets and spent 18 months teaching English to children in Japan. Born in New York to immigrant parents who didn't speak much English, Wai is deeply interested in exploring other cultures and speaking to audiences young and old.

She has also spent over 5 years working in online marketing, across a range of digital technology and social media channels.

Wai can speak to young audiences about exploring other cultures as well as present age-appropriate writing exercises and workshops (eg 'Writing Action Sequences' and 'Introducing Onomatopoeia'). She can also speak to adult audiences on social media and online marketing, such as 'How to Promote Yourself Online'.

Melaina Faranda

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Preferred audience: primary to secondary students

Author, English teacher, and compulsive storyteller, Melaina Faranda has written 29 young adult and children’s books (published in Australia and internationally), worked in hundreds of schools, and has the almost supernatural ability of getting the most reading-averse kids to turn off their mobiles, totally engage and beg for her return.

A versatile speaker, Melaina can specifically tailor creative writing and self-editing workshops to your primary or secondary curriculum and staff development needs.

Popular workshops include 'How to Write a Story Without Having to Think', 'Making Bad Writing Better and Good Writing Great', 'Generating Great Stories for the HSC', 'Enrichment Writing', and 'Duelling with Dragons'. 

She’ll be happy to work with you to deliver to your students what they need most.

Michelle Heeter

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Preferred audience: teenagers and adults

Michelle has a master’s degree in English and has been a technical writer and a copywriter throughout her career.

She has also sold many short stories to women’s magazines, including That's Life's 'Fast Fiction' and Family Circle.

Riggs Crossing was her first novel, published in 2012 by Ford Street.

Michelle talks to teenagers and adults about making a career out of writing, writing for different genres, and how to overcome writer’s block.



Charlotte Calder

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Preferred audience: students of all ages and adults

Charlotte has written a number of successful novels for children and young adults. Her titles include The Ghost at the Point, Stuck!, Settling Storms, Cupid Painted Blind, Surviving Amber and Paper Alice. Her latest book is The 12th Dog illustrated by Tom Jellett.

Charlotte enjoys giving fun, interactive talks to all ages, tailoring the content and delivery appropriately.

The key word here is interactive! Charlotte engages her audience, leading to a really collaborative, absorbing experience.

The learning comes from sharing snippets of stories and writing produced by the participants in a relaxed, accepting and creative atmosphere.


Jess Black

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Preferred audience: kindergarten to year 6

Jess Black is the author of the popular children's series, Keeper of the Crystals, and has co-written several others including the Bindi Wildlife Adventures series and the Kaboom Kid series with David Warner.

Her first picture books, Moon Dance and The Bold Australian Girl, are being launched in 2016.

Jess regularly presents in schools on a range of topics including the stages of narrative, story planning, the creation of characters and setting, and her own writing process. She also runs creative writing workshops.

Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film with Honours in Theatre Directing.


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