Gary Crew

Photo of author Gary CrewPreferred audience: adults

Dr Gary Crew is one of Australia’s most awarded authors for youth, winning the Australian Children’s Book of the Year four times; twice for his novels, twice for his illustrated books.

Gary has previously published Finding Home, In the Beech Forest and Voicing the Dead with Ford Street.

He is Associate Professor, Creative Writing, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland.

Gary is available for talks at conferences and teacher/librarian inservice.



Charmaine Clancy

Photo of author Charmaine ClancyPreferred audience: year 5 to high school and adults

Charmaine is a high school English teacher and writing workshop presenter. Her published works include My Zombie Dog, Dognapped? and Undead Kev.

Her workshop style is fun, enthusiastic and high energy, and can be tailored to suit children, teens or adults.

Her workshops are always quite interactive as she encourages audience participation, writing prompts and exercises. Some popular topics include: how to write scary stories; zooming in – adding detail to description; how to write funny; capturing story ideas, and many more.

Charmaine's workshops are suitable for schools, libraries and writing groups.


JR Poulter

Photo of author JR PoulterPreferred audience: all ages

JR writes diverse, award-winning fiction, poetry, articles for children and educational materials, including junior novels, chapter books and picture books.

Under the pseudonym JR McRae, she writes novels, short stories, YA novels and award-winning poetry.

JR is an experienced presenter/workshop convenor with all ages, a former reference librarian, and she once worked in a circus.

JR tailors workshops and presentations to suit the needs of individual groups, and includes interactive exercises and dramatic readings. Her presentations focus on story writing; creating drama and humour; fleshing-out characters; showing, not telling; generating ideas; workshopping poetry from lyrical to dramatic free verse; and drama workshops.

Josie Montano

Photo of author Josie MontanoPreferred audience: lower primary through to adult writers

From age nine, Josie shelved homemade books in the school library. She received her first rejection letter from Golden Books at age thirteen.

Decades later, Josie has fifteen published books on those shelves, including Wogaluccis,Chickenpox Yuck, Pop Starlets, Snot Funny,The Bubble, CBC shortlisted Little Penguin and more.

Josie is able to cater to class requirements with an author talk, workshop or masterclass.

Subjects can also be applied to the curriculum. For example, she can focus on penguins, Australian history, multi-culturism, and differing writing genres and topics such as planning, ideas, research, humour, picture books, chapter books, fiction, non-fiction and YA.

Pamela Rushby

Photo of author Pamela RushbyPreferred audience: middle – upper primary, high school, adults

Pamela Rushby was born in Queensland more years ago than she cares to divulge. She has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher, and as a producer of educational television, audio and multimedia. She now writes full-time for children and young adults.

Pam is passionately interested in children's books and television, ancient history and Middle Eastern food.

Pam presents workshops and talks for young people and adults. Talks for young people include how her novels were researched and written and how to write your name in hieroglyphs – and other Egyptian activities. Talks for adults include how to write killer first sentences, how to pitch (effectively!) to publishers, how to write a first page that will keep readers hooked, and those pesky synopses: a formula for writing and selling synopses.

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