I’m currently offering the following three live workshops and one author talk. With a bit of notice, I am also happy to tailor a workshop to your requirements.
Whispers in the Dark: how to build your own fantasy world
Particularly suitable for children interested in fantasy and/or children interested in writing, but also works well for a general class.
Year 3 – adult, preferred max 30 students. Length: 60 – 90 minutes.
Someone else’s shoes
When you write a story, you can be anyone you like. A warrior princess. An alien. A chook. This workshop guides children through the process of writing themselves into someone else’s shoes. Or paws. Or claws.
Year 3 – 6, preferred max 35 students. Length: 60 – 90 minutes.
A workshop for keen writers, exploring aspects of the writing craft.
Years 3 – 12, preferred max 35 students. Length: 60 – 120 minutes.
Mystery, magic and minchwiggins
Lian Tanner spills behind-the-scenes secrets about writing her newest book, Spellhound: The Dragons of Hallow. She will share her best tips and tricks and answer all of your questions, including: What are five guaranteed ways to have fun writing stories? And (the really burning question) should dragons be allowed in schools?
Filled with interactive storytelling and audience participation, this session will inspire both teachers and children.
Years 3 – 6, preferred max 150. Length: 50 minutes plus question time
Feedback on workshops/talks:
Our teachers all thought your sessions were great and especially liked how they tied in with the narrative units they were working on with their classes. You definitely inspired our students!
Wendy Holdsworth, Westerway Primary School, Tasmania
The boys all clamoured to borrow your back catalogue as well as the current series, once the session was over. The whole year level was buzzing after the visit, with many students coming to me at lunch the next day with more plot twists.
Sue Osborne, Head of Library Services, Haileybury College, Victoria
You truly inspired all the students in your writing workshop. The process you took them through was wonderful and what you shared about your own process as a writer, your tips and advice, were so informative and affirming.
Nadine Frick, The Friends’ School, Hobart
I’m currently offering live online talks and workshops, as well as pre-recorded sessions tailored to your school, with answers to student questions sent in beforehand. Given that I live in Tasmania, it’s a good solution to the distance problem.
For mainland Australian schools/festivals/libraries wanting to enquire about an in-the-flesh or online visit, please contact:
For all other matters, including Tasmanian and international live and virtual visits, you can contact me through my literary agent, Margaret Connolly:
Phone: 02 9449 6342
OR my Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin:
83 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia 2065
OR message me via my author facebook page.
OR leave a message on my blog. It won’t appear until I’ve approved it, so if you don’t want it made public, just say so.
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