New South Wales

Gaye Chapman

Photo of illustrator Gaye ChapmanPreferred audience: senior secondary, young adult and adult

Gaye Chapman is a visual artist of international standing, and a multi award-winning author/illustrator of 14 globally published children's books. She has recently illustrated Incredibilia by Libby Hathorn and published Sweet Green with Little Hare Books.

Gaye has over two decades of experience as a public speaker and facilitating art and writing workshops at libraries, galleries, festivals, conferences, writers’ groups and schools across Australia.

Gaye’s dynamic, experimental and fun workshops explore creativity, how it works and how we perceive the world. Her passion is for exploring the use of drama as a teaching tool, combined with ‘right-left brain exercises’, inspiring us to explore our own potential through unconventional methods that are simple, inclusive and easy to understand.

She lives in Sydney and is available to travel.

Cathy Lane

Photo of author Cathy Lane

Preferred audience: year 1 to year 12

Cathy has written and/or illustrated six picture books including Butterfly Kisses and Knock Knock Who’s There?, written by Mary Small. Recently she redesigned and illustrated Butterfly Kisses as a picture book app for the iPad.

She has worked part time as specialist primary art teacher and design teacher at TAFE. She has presented four solo art exhibitions of her work.

During Cathy’s workshops she will explain the stages of writing and illustrating a picture book and picture book app, from early concept to the published book/app. She demonstrates the process of character design. With class participation she creates a pastel illustration of an imaginary character. The school gets to keep this illustration. The students then design and create their own imaginary character.


Candida Baker

Photo of author and illustrator Candida Baker

Preferred target audience: all ages

Candida is the author of the critically acclaimed Yacker – Australian Writers Talk About Their Work Series; two novels, Women and Horses and The Hidden; a prize-winning book of short stories, The Powerful Owl; and three children’s books, including Belinda the Ninja Ballerina, (illustrated by Mitch Vane).

Candida started her career in the theatre, and she brings a high level of energy and interaction to her workshops and talks for all ages.  An engaging speaker, Candida – whose interests also include photography and natural horsemanship – is adept at encouraging people’s creativity through their writing.

She believes writing (and life) should be joyful and fun.

Candida lives in Northern New South Wales and is available to travel.

DC Green

Photo of author DC GreenPreferred audience: tailored workshops/talks to suit all age groups from kindergarten to year 10

DC Green has won multiple awards, had thousands of articles published in over 50 countries and, as a surf journalist, has roamed the world’s greatest surf spots with Kelly Slater.

DC’s five funny fantasy books motivate even the most reluctant of readers.

Every year, he performs over 100 school shows around Australia.

DC’s school shows are interactive, informative, inspiring and feature the world’s worst rap! Packed with great writing tips, his hilarious performances have been hailed as ‘bizarre, egotistical, enthralling, funny and not to be missed’.


Paul Stafford

Paul StaffordPreferred audience: kindergarten-year 12, reluctant/disengaged boys in year 3-4

Paul specialises in writing workshops for Stage 3-4 reluctant/disengaged boys, with 15 years experience in schools across Australia. He is the author of comedy-horror series Horror High, non-fiction You’re History, Mate! and Ned Kelly's Helmet.

Paul’s writing workshops scaffold the creative process from A-Z using students’ ideas to write narratives, modeling & demystifying the process, and instilling in students a strong sense of creative confidence to own and develop their original ideas. The model is fun, easily replicated and inclusive, ensuring boys are no longer the hurdle to positive class involvement in writing.

Workshops in persuasive text & script writing (short films/school plays) are also available.

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