Justin D'Ath

Justin DathPreferred audience: mid-upper primary and lower secondary students

Justin was born in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since 1971. He has written 50 books for children and young adults.

His 12-book Extreme Adventure series has been translated into 7 languages and made into a popular TV series. His YA novel Pool, was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Awards. He has written six CBCA Notable Books and gained five Yabba/Koala Award nominations. His latest book is Three.

For 12 years Justin taught in and co-ordinated the Professional Writing and Editing program at Bendigo TAFE. Now, he spends all his time writing, visiting schools and libraries, speaking at festivals and running writing workshops. Justin lives in Queenscliff, Victoria.

Sean McMullen

Photo of author Sean McMullenPreferred audience: all ages

Sean McMullen is an internationally published Australian SF and fantasy author. He lives in Melbourne, has published over a dozen books, and has a doctorate in medieval fantasy literature. He has won several awards for his novels, stories and articles.

Aside from writing, Sean works in computing and is an instructor at the Melbourne University karate club. Before he began writing, Sean spent several years in student reviews and theatre, was lead singer in three bands, and spent two years in the Victorian State Opera. He has given numerous workshops on writing in Australia and America, and is an experienced speaker in writing techniques.

Sean does both half day workshops and one hour talks on writing SF and fantasy, and specialises in developing innovations, plots and worlds. He has a particular interest in using history in fiction; ideas used in his own novels include a Roman time machine powered by human labour, and a wind-powered submarine.

Sherryl Clark

Photo of author Sherryl ClarkPreferred audience: primary and secondary students

Sherryl has published more than 40 books, from picture books to novels. Her verse novel, Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!), was a CBCA Honour Book in 2008, and many of her titles have been notable books for the CBCA book awards.

Other titles include One Perfect Pirouette and Now I Am Bigger. She writes both fiction and poetry, and loves to research. She teaches fiction writing and writing for children and YA at Victoria University TAFE, and as well as her own website, she also has a site dedicated to poetry for children.

Sherryl has done visits and workshops in schools from Melbourne to beyond the Black Stump, as well as Hong Kong and Tucson! She is available for both talks and workshops, and is also keen to visit non-metro schools via Skype or internet conferencing.

George Ivanoff

photo of author George IvanoffPreferred audience: primary and secondary students and adults

George is an author and stay-at-home dad, living in Melbourne. He is the author of the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures and the Gamers trilogy. He has books on the reading lists for both the VIC and NSW Premiers' Reading Challenges, and has won a YABBA and two Chronos awards. George has also written over 80 books for the education market, as well as many stories for magazines and anthologies. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who.

As well as presentations on his books, process and inspiration, George runs workshops on various aspects of writing including getting started, creating characters, world building, and story structure. He’s also happy to tailor a presentation or workshop to your specific needs.



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