SCBWI Sydney—School Visits: What You Need to Know

Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/Apr/2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location
Woollahra Library, Sydney
451 New South Head Rd - Double Bay, NSW 2028


Author/Illustrator visits to schools can be fun and rewarding, as well as a perfect way to meet your audience, promote your work, increase your profile and earn extra money to enable you to keep creating. However, schools are not after a book promotion or a lecture. Presentations need to be stimulating and engaging, leaving students, teachers and librarians with inspiration and insights into reading, the process of creating books, and even creating their own works.

Join us for a practical afternoon where we talk about school visits…the good, the bad and the ugly, but most importantly, the essentials of what you need to know to create a successful and satisfying visit for yourself and the school. Five creators, who together have visited thousands of schools over many years, will give a demonstration of what they do during their presentations and reveal the secrets of their success.

 

Program (draft)

1-1.15pm—School Visits: What You Need to Know presented by Deb Abela

1.15-2pm—Presentations for Younger Kids (15 minutes each)

Mesmerising the Little Mites—How to Present Picture Books with Sue Whiting
Illustrating Picture Books with Sarah Davis
A Recipe for Magic: Planning a Fantasy Story with Jodie Wells-Slowgrove

2-2.30pm—Afternoon Tea and Networking

2.30-2.45pm—When Things Go Bad presented by Sue Whiting

2.45-3.15pm—Middle Grade and Beyond (15 minutes each)

Capturing Those Middle Graders with Deb Abela
Engaging Teens with Story with Susanne Gervay

3.15-3.30pm—Q&A

 

Tickets

CLICK HERE to Book at TryBooking
SCBWI members $25 • Non-members $35

 

A Bit of Homework…

This PETAA manual is a great resource for school visits. Your homework is to read it before you arrive…. it might spark some questions and prepare you for the afternoon!

 

 

 


Presenters

 

Deborah Abela, Dip Teach, BA (Comm)
Children’s Author, Speaker, Teacher

Deborah has always been short and a bit of a coward, which is why she has written over 25 books about spies, ghosts, flooded cities and surviving Hitler’s bombing raids during WW2. Her crankiness about climate change led to the novels, Grimsdon and New City, and her own family’s survival in WW2 inspired Teresa A New Australian, about one very brave girl who migrates to Australia after her own country lay in ruins. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, were inspired by her love of words and her first picture book is, Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. Deb’s won awards for her work and is a proud ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. www.deborahabela.com

 

Susanne Gervay OAM, M.A, M.Ed, BA
Children’s and Young Adult Author, Speaker, Teacher

Susanne is committed to the children book community, literacy and story that enrich kids’ lives. Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award for her body of works by the International Literacy Association, she seeks to engage young people in complex issues from diversity, inclusion to blending families.   An Award winning author, her books include the I Am Jack books that have become rite-of-passage on school bullying, adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre, touring Australian and US theatres. Susanne writes for all ages from picture books to young adult books, including ‘Butterflies’ which is recognized as outstanding literature on youth disability.  Her picture books include Ships in the Field, Gracie and Josh and Elephants Have Wings. Her work is endorsed by Room to Read, NSW Cancer Council, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Life Education Australia, Variety the Children’s Charity, many anti school-bullying organizations. She’s proud to be the Regional Adviser of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read, Australia Day Ambassador, former Chair of the Board of the NSW Writers’ Centre and has taken on many ambassadorial roles in the children’s book community. www.sgervay.com

 

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is an author and editor who lives and works in a small coastal village south of Sydney. Sue has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling The Firefighters, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea. Her new middle grade novel, Missing, will be released in March and her picture book Beware the Deep, Dark Forest, illustrated by Annie White, in October.

Sue loves sharing her passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages. Join her on her adventures in story at www.suewhiting.com.