Royce Bond

Photo of author Royce BondPreferred audience: years 6-12, teachers

Royce Bond is an award-winning teacher and author. He loves to create different worlds in his stories where the reader is invited to join in the adventures.

He has conducted writing and creative workshops and teacher in-service throughout Central Queensland, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

His workshops and talks for students are about planning and building a fantasy world; descriptive writing within a story; and how to enthuse children to write.

His workshops for teachers are about using drama to create insight into narrative writing; creating a writing atmosphere in a classroom using the internet and unusual props; creation of individual student magazines; motivational storytelling, even up to grade 12; and the use of questioning skills to develop deep thinking skills (based on Royce's books).

Emily Craven

Photo of author Emily CravenPreferred audience: secondary students, adults.

Emily is an author of fantasy and YA fiction. Her latest novel, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cainis set in Facebook.

She’s the Digital Producer at If:Book Australia and has run workshops for adults and teens on marketing, ebooks and creating transmedia events for the ASA (Australian Society of Authors), the World Fantasy Convention and the National Young Writers’ Festival.

Emily can conduct lectures, talks, or full and half-day workshops for adults and teens on ebook creation and marketing; online book marketing; building an author platform; building and using a social media platform; crowd-funding; blogging; the incorporation of transmedia and interactivity in storytelling; and the potential for social media and mixed-format books to tell relevant, modern day stories for teens.

Dimity Powell

Photo of author Dimity PowellPreferred audience: primary aged students, years 5-12, adults

Dimity writes picture books, chapter books and short stories for children. Her work has been published in the School Magazine and online, and has either won or been shortlisted in numerous writing competitions. PS Who Stole Santa’s Mail? is her debut junior novel. To read, write and inspire are Dimity’s main passions in life.

Her 35 – 60 minute workshops involve and include: why writing is important & how to get kids to write more; idea creation and development; character development – examining what works, why, and how; picture Books – the elements of the art form; story creation and structure – the elements of a good read; and 'Tool Time' – tools, tricks and tips authors use to build a story and sell it. All presentations include an interactive writing exercise (the fun bit!) and/or book readings.

Dimity also conducts seminars for librarians and writers' groups.

Kathryn Apel

Photo of author and poet Kathryn ApelPreferred audience: all ages

Kathryn is a children’s author/poet who writes too much. Her goal is to find the perfect word for every situation. Sometimes that’s tricky! Kat co-ordinates the worldwide January Month of Poetry for kids and adults. Her picture book, This is the Mud!, has been read on PlaySchool.

Kathryn engages children and adults with her passion for story and wordplay. She offers assorted poetry workshops for rhymed/unrhymed poetry, using her stunning photographs as inspiration. Kat also employs props and pictures in an interactive session from plan to picture book.

A classroom teacher/literacy co-ordinator, Kat has an extensive genre toolkit. Kathryn’s classroom workshops are also excellent professional development opportunities for teachers.

Michelle Worthington

Preferred audience: prep to middle school studentsMICHELLE W

Michelle is an internationally published award-winning author of over ten empowering picture books for children of all ages. Her goal is to inspire all children to believe in themselves and encourage reluctant readers to fall in love with books. Two-time winner of the International Book Award for Children’s Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the US Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children’s Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in picture books.

Michelle conducts author visits at primary and special schools, libraries and bookstore storytelling sessions. She also hosts publishing workshops for adults wanting to learn more about writing for children.

Her many books include The Bedtime Band, Yellow Dress Day, The Pink Pirate and Glitch.



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