New South Wales

Georgie Donaghey

Preferred age group: 6 -12 year-olds plus workshops for adultsGeorgie

Words and Pictures – take a peek into the world of authors and illustrators and see how words and pictures come together to tell a story, then have a go at creating your own picture book!

Fun, creative exercises to stimulate discussion with the group and individual activities to help children fully explore their writing aspirations.

Adults Workshop – A Roadmap to the Children’s Writing Industry

Finding your way in the children’s book industry is tricky. Without the right guidance, you’re likely to take many wrong turns. A Roadmap to the Children’s Writing Industry will address your many questions and answer those you didn’t know you had.

Designed for adults, this course will educate and equip you with the tools needed to take your journey to the next level.

The 3-hour workshop is for adults from 18 years of age.

Georgie’s involvement with the children’s writing industry is extensive as a past President of the CBCA Sutherland Branch and founder of Creative Kids Tales, an industry-recognised website designed to assist Australian children’s authors both emerging and established. She even took her love of writing to the airwaves with The Author’s Shelf via Community Radio.

Georgie is the author of the picture books Lulu, released by Wombat Books, Clover’s Big Ideas, published by Little Pink Dog Books, and In the Shadow of an Elephant, due for release in 2019. Besides publication in Heat Anthology, she is also the publisher of The Creative Kids Tales Short Story Collections.

Gabrielle Reid

Preferred audience:  Secondary (school years 7-12)GABRIELLE REID

Gabrielle is the author of young adult novel The Things We Can’t Undo and a variety of short stories published in literary journals and websites. Gabrielle has a Bachelor of Arts with Diploma of Education, as well as a Master of Creative Writing, and has previously worked as a high school English teacher.

Gabrielle offers different workshop options focused around plot, character or editing early drafts. These can be run in different combinations and are always tailored to suit the age range of the students attending and any timetabling constraints. Her presentations are a mix of speaking to a group, activities in small groups, and individual activities. Gabrielle is particularly passionate about supporting young writers in rural and regional areas.

Sue Whiting

Photo of author Sue WhitingPreferred audience: kindergarten through to year 10 and adults

Sue Whiting is a children’s book editor and award-winning author who has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA.

Her published works include the best-selling The Firefighters, illustrated by Donna Rawlins. Her latest book is Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson.

A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue is a highly experienced speaker. She loves sharing her passion for reading, writing, story and storytelling with people of all ages.

Sue presents writing workshops and author talks that are interactive, entertaining, inspiring and informative.

Harry Laing

Photo of Harry LaingPreferred audience: years 2-10

Harry Laing is a poet, comic performer and creative writing teacher with over 20 years’ experience in schools. His book of poems for 6-12-year-olds, Shoctopus, came out in 2015 and is proving a hit with both kids and teachers.

Harry brings energy and a huge sense of fun to his school workshops and performances. His delight in language will inspire kids with their own writing and teachers will come away from his workshops with lots of new ideas.

Harry is happy both to present workshops for primary and secondary students and perform his poems for large numbers of children (up to 400.) He’s also an experienced leader of PD sessions for teachers.


Dawn Meredith

Photo of author Dawn MeredithPreferred audience: middle primary to lower secondary

Dawn writes for children and young adults, fiction and non-fiction. Formerly a high school art/English teacher, she has been a Specialist Literacy Teacher for over 20 years.

Dawn loves the quirky and the heroic, often writes about animal companions and has a small robot collection.

She has conducted writing workshops for children and adults all over Australia, focusing upon whatever the client needs, for both primary and secondary students.

Dawn specialises in encouraging reluctant writers. Kids and adults alike always come away excited and keen to further develop what they started.


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