Deryn Mansell

Phhoto of author Deryn MansellPreferred audience: years 5-12

While working and studying in Indonesia, Deryn drew on her in-country experiences and historical research to write Tiger Stone, a mystery adventure set in fourteenth-century Java. Tiger Stone was selected for the International Youth Library’s 2015 White Ravens Catalogue.

Deryn is also a journalist and former editor of Inside Indonesia’s bilingual education supplement.

Deryn’s fiction writing presentations show how learning about different cultures and studying other languages can give a writer special storytelling powers.

In her magazine writing workshops, participants learn writing, editing and design skills as they tell their own stories to a target audience through the medium of a self-published mini-magazine.

Cheree Peters

Photo of author Cheree PetersPreferred audience: young writers, ages 12-18

Ever since her cousin introduced her to the world of reading when she was ten, Cheree hasn’t been without a book to read. With stories and ideas always in her head, she decided to pursue her passion with a degree in creative writing.

A love of sports has kept her busy in between her writing frenzies.

Cheree talks about her various writing processes and how she turns her ideas into works of fiction, by focusing on the techniques she uses to develop an idea and build on a concept.

Cheree also workshops a specific technique so that participants can have an example of how to build on a concept.

Cheree's first YA novel is Time Catcher, due to be released in April 2016.

Renee Treml

 Photo of author and illustrator Renee TremlPreferred audience: primary school and art students of any age

Renee writes and illustrates books for young children. Her titles include One Very Tired Wombat (shortlisted for the 2013 CBCA Crichton Award), The Great Garden Mystery and Once I Heard a Little Wombat.

Renee’s illustrations have been featured in galleries, magazines, fine art prints and stationery.  

Renee’s workshops and talks are tailored and adjusted to best suite the age group and the needs of each class.

Topics previously covered include: character development (writing and illustrating); the parts of a story; what makes a mystery; and illustration techniques (digital or traditional).

Lucy Wise

Photo of singer/songwriter Lucy WisePreferred audience: ages 11 through to adult

Singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her masterful storytelling, intricate ukulele and guitar playing and soulful voice. Drawing inspiration from her background in Appalachian and Celtic folk music, Lucy’s songs traverse the landscapes of memory, travel, and human relationships to place.

Lucy has released four albums. Her current release is A Painting of the Universe.

Workshops include the interactive 'Storytelling through songwriting'; songs can be a powerful way to tell stories, and can begin from the smallest idea. Responding to our surroundings using brainstorming techniques and improvisation, Lucy will guide the group through writing a song together.


Michael Hyde

Photo of author Michael HydePreferred audience: primary and secondary students

Michael Hyde has been writing for over 30 years, mainly for adolescents and YA. All along the Watchtower is his memoir of his life in the sixties. His other titles include Footy Dreaming, Tyger Tyger, Hey Joe and Max.

After 25 years as an English teacher, Michael now lectures in writing and literature at Victoria University and conducts writing workshops across Australia.

Michael gives both short and long talks that focus on writing in general, his writing life, and the evolution of his novels. Writing workshops cover memoir, sports, life writing, description and imagery, characterisation, dialogue, story development, and drafting. Exercises are delivered in digestible portions for those already engaged as well as the disengaged.

Engagement, rather than ‘motivation’ is Michael’s driving force.

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