Western Australia

Den Scheer

Photo of Den ScheerPreferred audience: ages 8+

Den L. Scheer grew up on an isolated farm near Grass Patch, WA, before moving to Northam when 8 years old. Graduating from St Hildas ASG in 2010, she now studies Fine Art at Curtin University. Her works of writing have been published since 2008, and from 2008-2010 she won several Young Australian Artist of the Year Awards.

Her debut picture book In the Beech Forest (Gary Crew) was released in May 2012.

Den teaches a number of aspects of art including: art theory focussing on using working lines and shapes, perspective, light and shadow, and utilising tone in black and white drawings; the basics of monoprinting and dry point etching as drawing media; painting with watercolour; animal and human anatomy; the process of designing a picture utilising photo references; and imaginative vs. observational drawing.


Cristy Burne

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Preferred audience: grades 3 to 7; high schools on request.

Cristy Burne is a science writer and author of the Takeshita Demons series. Takeshita Demons won the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award for multicultural writing and was part of the Booked Up program in 2010.

Cristy has edited CSIRO’s Scientriffic (now Double Helix) magazine, performed with the Questacon Science Circus and worked at CERN, Switzerland, home of the LHC atom-smasher.

Cristy is an enthusiastic and inspiring presenter, sharing her journey from the seed of an idea through to the finished products.

Inspired by Japanese monsters and mythology, Cristy’s presentations are like her books: fast, funny and stimulating.

 


Teena Raffa-Mulligan

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Preferred audience: pre-school to adult, but specialises in lower to middle primary 

Teena Raffa-Mulligan is the author of more than a dozen children’s books and her short fiction and poetry for children and adults has been published in magazines and anthologies. Her writing life has also included a long career as a journalist and editor.

Teena is an experienced, enthusiastic presenter who enjoys sharing her passion for books and writing with all age groups, big and small. Her informal ‘Meet the Author’ talks cover the writing process from idea to publication and include a ‘story starter’ group activity designed to show how simple it can be to come up with an idea. For K-3 presentations, Teena uses finger puppets to create a story with the children, and dresses up as a character from one of her books to show that writers can go anywhere, do anything and be anyone in their imagination.

Workshops for older students and adults address a range of topics and can be tailored to suit requirements. 


Sally Murphy

Photo of author Sally MurphyPreferred audience: all ages

Sally Murphy writes verse novels, picture books, and poetry and fiction for children. She also writes teaching resources for adults, and hundreds of book reviews for her website aussiereviews.com.

Sally’s thirty published books include the award-winning Pearl Verses the World andToppling. She has also published the picture book The Floatingest Frog.

An experienced teacher, Sally is able to present to children of all age levels, in groups big or small. She can run writing and poetry workshops as well as 'Meet the Author' sessions.

She can also present adult writing workshops and professional development for teachers.


Mark Greenwood

Photo of author Mark GreenwoodPreferred audience: students of all ages

Mark is an author with a passion for history and legends. He has twice received the West Australian Premier’s Award, for The Legend of Moondyne Joe and The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef. Simpson and His Donkey was an honor book in the Children’s Book Council Information Book Awards and was selected as a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

Mark’s presentations and workshops provide ideas and strategies to inspire and enhance creative writing, from simple rhyming through to the extensive research involved in creating historical fiction.

Through inspiring stories from our past, students become involved in the process of writing: from the origins and inspirations of an idea (and the ‘journeys of discovery’ that help balance creative interpretation with historical authenticity), to the stages involved in the development of a storyline and publication.

Mark enjoys working with students of all ages, inspiring and developing their natural curiosity about books and writing.


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