Victoria

Stef Hodgson

Photo of presenter Stef HodgsonPreferred audience: high school students and adults

Work with prominent national charities has seen Stef featured on TV, radio, in newspapers, magazines and a Youtube video that received more than 30,000 views. Her experiences with medical conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a hair loss disease called alopecia, have forged the belief that challenges in life are merely opportunities in disguise.

With a skill for spinning personal experiences into insights, Stef explores self-esteem and overcoming adversity with a powerful honesty. Her workshops and talks aim to inspire people with her story, engage them with wellbeing information and create a practical toolbox of skills for participants to take away with them.

Stef teaches modern skills for a modern world.

 


Sunshine Herbert

Preferred Audience: All primary, even early secondary and adults.Sunshine Herbert

Sunshine is a fantastical, whimsy inspired artist. Inspired by people and the world around her.

She is a self-taught artist and illustrator and her collection of illustrated children’s books is steadily growing. She’s becoming obsessed with character development in her art and allowing her little people to live their own lives.

Character Illustration Workshops

Sunshine has three workshop plans for different ages. Learning outcome: To develop and Illustrate a character. She likes to use practical, hands on activities, which gets everyone involved.

Students do not need to be good drawers to participate in her workshops. Each class goes for 60 mins, but can be shortened.

Sunshine is also interested in developing workshops for kids with special needs.

Rachel Nightingale

Target audience: Upper primary (grade 5 upwards) and high school.RACHEL LE

Rachel is the author of Harlequin’s Riddle, a YA fantasy published by Odyssey Books. Her books explore the power of creativity and imagination. She has run creative writing workshops for the Bendigo Writers Festival and devised three week-long programs as part of the Inspiring Stories program in Chennai, India.

Rachel is passionate about getting kids to ignite their imaginations. She can explore how to find and develop story ideas, how to make a character’s life complicated and how to build an exciting story. Rachel can also talk about her books and will happily tailor a workshop to your needs.

 

Elizabeth Fensham

Preferred audiences: school groups (primary and secondary), writers groups, book clubs, librarians, Probus and other organisationsElizabeth FenshamLO RES

Elizabeth is the award-winning author of nine novels for children and young adults. Titles include: Helicopter Man, The Invisible Hero, Matty Forever and My Dog Doesn’t Like Me. As a writer and one-time teacher, Elizabeth has presented to adults and children at writers festivals and other events in Australia and internationally.

Workshops and talks:

Target audiences: school groups (Primary and Secondary); writers groups; book clubs; librarians; Probus and other organisations

Writing workshops cover:

Editing

Getting ideas

Poetry writing

Key elements of good prose writing

Using models to write creatively

Key areas for Language, Literature and Literacy – Australian National Curriculum

Essay writing

Topics for talks:

A writer’s Journey – from six-year-old nobody to getting published

The stories behind stories

Australian National Curriculum: Values Education

Mental health.

Jeannette Rowe

Photo of author/illlustrator Jeanette RowePreferred audience: all ages

Jeannette is one of Australia’s best selling preschool authors and illustrators. She has sold over four million books worldwide, and is published throughout Australia and 25 other countries. Her books are available online in 15 different languages.

Jeannette’s work as a writer has grown from a strong educational base and her illustrations are warm, bright and funny. Currently Play Group Victoria’s Literacy Ambassador, Jeannette is passionate about promoting young children’s literacy development and encourages reading to children everyday. Jeannette considers BookPlay to be vital for all preschoolers.

She holds workshops and presentations for preschoolers through to parents and teachers. Topics include story writing, the gift of reading, literacy, encouraging reluctant readers, getting published and how to make a book.


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