Karen Tyrrell

Photo of author Karen TyrrellPreferred audience: prep – year 8 (book talks), years 4 – 9 (writing workshops), years 10 – 12 and adults (advanced workshops)

Karen is an award-winning author, senior school teacher, and survivor of bullying. She writes picture books and junior fiction for children about wellness, resilience and personal development.

Her published works include STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember empower kids to live their strongest, and are aligned with Kids Matter: Australian curriculum.

Her interactive story-telling sessions always include costumes, wigs, audience interaction and humour. As a speaker, she talks about well-being, bully prevention and coping skills to inform and empower teachers and students. Karen also runs and coaches dynamic creative writing workshops for kids and adults.

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.

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