PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS


1. Let Your Kindness Shine

(Yrs 1-4) (45mins to 1 hr)

  • Join Ling Li on her quest to show her wisdom.
  • An enlightening workshop that will help children fill the world with compassion.
  • Based on the picture book “Ling Li’s Lantern” by Steve Heron
  • (Illustrated by Benjamin Johnston)
  • Wisdom without compassion is like a lantern without a flame.
  • 15 mins extension – lantern decorating (extra $2 per child)

2. Grow Your Writing Wings

(Years 4-6) (1 to 1.5 hr)

• Introduction to the author ‘Steve Heron’.
• An emotional literary escapade based on the book ‘MAXIMUS’.
• Helping middle-grade children not be alone with their feelings.
• Exploring emotions through descriptive writing. (Show don’t tell)
Sometimes you need a special friend to give you wings …


3. Nursery Crimes, Slimes and Nursery Wrongs – The (F) Art of Writing Funny Stuff 

  • Yrs 4-7 (1hr) 
  • What do Kids find funny?
  • Understanding and using literary devices for writing humor.
  • An hilarious workshop that will split kids’ sides and help them to write creative funny stuff. 

4. “WOW” Workshop

Wilberforce Oswald Wordbender’s Astounding Athenaeum of Weird, Wacky, Wonderful and Whimsical Words.

(Yrs 5 to 8) (3 hours)

• Writing will never be so much fun. Laugh until your sides split.
• Write like you have never written before.
• This extended workshop includes: Literary devices, Alliteration, Rhymes, Wordology, Poetry, Haiku, Cinquain, Puns, Jokes, Tongue Twisters, Nonsense Words and more, in a creative and fun exposition of buffoonery and writery brilliance.


5. Stuff Sucks – Conquering the Unvanquished Truths

(Years 4-6) (1 to 1.5 hr)

• A short exploration of ‘Freak the Mighty’ – by Rodman Philbrick.
• Readings and references from ‘MAXIMUS’.
• Expressing the tough stuff through writing.
• Journaling, poetry and conquering the unvanquished truths.


6. ANZAC RESPECT

– (Years 4-6) (1 hr)

(Term 1 and early term 2 only)

An interactive presentation based on the Anzac references in Maximus.
• Unpacking Mitch’s Anzac Project Swag
• Anzac Respect Poetry and Anzac Day memories
• Writing about heroes and symbols of Anzac
• Some short readings from the Maximus
I have permission from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to use the word Anzac.


7. Don’t Press My Buttons

PP to Yr 3) (1 hour)

An investigation of feelings based on the (yet to be published) book ‘Don’t Press My Buttons’.
Branson discovers his BREATHE button and decides to be the boss of his feelings.
Explores principles of emotional intelligence, body language and self-regulation.
These concepts are crafted in a fun way that children can embrace.
Includes singing, writing, and button pressing.


NEW in 2021

I have two new books coming out in August (TBC) – both will have associated workshops.

  • 1000 Snapshots – Middle-Grade novel – the second book in the Bayside Blues series (The first being Maximus) – A story about hope, grief, friendships and pre-adolescence. (Published by Playtime Books – Shawline Publishing Group)
  • Where Ya Goin’? – Picture book – Echidna’s rollicking pilgrimage with a rickety old bus and a big bag of marshmallows. A story about mateship, inclusion, humor, mallows and surprises.

Available for whole week residencies.


Staff PD, parent talks and adult workshops

  • A Children’s Book is a Compass – talk/workshop (30 mins to 1 hr)
  • Ling Li’s Lantern – The Journey of a picture book from idea to publication (45m – 1 hr)
  • Writing Dashing Dialogue Adult writing workshop on the art of dialogue (1.5 hrs)
  • Writing What’s Real and Unreal in Kids Books (1.5 hrs)
    • Writing realistic fiction and unreal kids picture books
  • Descriptive Writing and Show Don’t Tell Workshop for adults (1.5 hrs)
    • (Adult version of Grow Your Writing Wings Workshop)
  • Balancing the Power – Beyond Bullyproofing (1.5 hrs)
    • The Art of Social Confidence in Children
  • Agro and Emo – Helping kids on the emotional rollercoaster (1.5 hrs)
    • Practical Emotional Intelligence with children
  • Helping Kids solve Fights and Restore Relationships (1.5 hrs)
    • The BUZ Hopscotch method of conflict resolution and restorative justice
  • Parent or Teacher Presentation on the Socio-Emotional Learning in Maximus (1.5 hrs)
    • & the Five Nutrients for Social & Emotional Wellbeing

Please contact me for special packages and to negotiate author fees

  • Contact Steve to make a booking: CONTACT LINK
  • Fees based on ASA (Australian Association of Authors) schedule.
  • Member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), CBCA WA, ASA and Writing WA
  • Working With Children Check No: 115445
  • ABN 54 701 702 317
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Australian Curriculum Links