TOBIAS MADDEN

Writer/Editor/Independent Publisher

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Tobias is the Editor of Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories, due for national release in March 2019. Originally from Ballarat, Victoria, Tobias worked for ten years as a performer, touring Australia and New Zealand with musicals such as Mary Poppins, CATS, and Guys and Dolls. In recent times, he rekindled his childhood passion for writing and shifted his attention to the world of publishing.

 

Underdog is Tobias’s first commercial undertaking as an editor. He hopes it will grow into a platform for unpublished #LoveOzYA writers to showcase their work and have their voices heard.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Inspiration Bootcamp

Tobias will provide some 'inspiration elements' (e.g. image, song, sound) and will request that the students find a couple of stimuli in their own homes (eg. something from the pantry, an article of clothing). Participants will then use these elements as inspiration for some very short pieces of flash fiction, and then develop one of these options into a longer piece of writing. There would be some time for the students to share their work at the end of the session.

LIZ ANELLI

Illustrator

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Liz Anelli has illustrated over 20 picture books and bases her school sessions on their inventive visual narrative. When she makes books she collages drawing, painting, printmaking and scraps of packaging, tickets, and patterns into some pretty complicated digital scenes. Her non-fiction and fiction children’s books have been much shortlisted and awarded. She also makes illustrated maps.

 

Liz moved from England in 2012 to live in sunny Newcastle where it is much nicer to sketch outside – drawing is her favourite pastime. Liz is a Board Director of ASA, an Ambassador for Books in Homes and reviews picture books for CBCA. She is represented by Fiona Kensole of The Transatlantic Agency, USA. New titles for publication in 2020 are "Dry to Dry" (a second Nature Story Series title) and "The Biscuit Maker" (Walker Books).

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Inky Printy Fun

Get a head start on creating your own comics and picture books. Inventing and drawing characters, backgrounds and page-turn-ability is tricky if you think you can't draw. Simple printmaking with rubber stamps and found objects makes this so much easier and more fun. Characters invent themselves just by experimenting with different shapes and then they start to tell their own stories. Liz will demonstrate and facilitate students in using mono-print and collage to create characters, story and atmosphere.

CLICKVIEW TEAM

ALICE DONALDSON,
AILING TAY, IRENE MACIAS

Animators

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ClickView is the world’s leading producer of educational videos.

Their team of educators produce content here in Australia from Primary, Secondary right through to Further and Higher Education. Video is no longer a passive viewing experience. Interactive videos engage students in active learning, allowing educators to assess students formatively and target their teaching. Learn from some of ClickViews animators at LitFest2444 2019.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Get GIFy With It

Students will learn the fundamental principles of animation and design, tips for creating an effective creative workflow, and the tools required to bring their own animations to life.  

CRISTY BURNE

Writer

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Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing runaway cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for STEM and STEAM, loves learning through doing, and aims to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers.

 

Cristy Burne is a past editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine for kids, was a regular contributor to Crinkling News and Double Helix mag for kids/teens, and has worked as a travelling performer in the Shell Questacon Science Circus. She still writes for…loads of places.

Cristy has worked as a science writer at CERN in Switzerland, Fermilab in the US, Scitech in Perth and even a year in Japan at a biotech patent law firm. She has a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology, plus a Grad Dip in Science Communication, and a Masters in Professional Communication.

Her books are published in three languages. Her latest book is To The Lighthouse, out with Fremantle Press in 2017. Off The Track and Zeroes and Ones are published in 2018. Visit www.cristyburne.com for more information.

 

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WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Using Science to Inspire Creative Writing

Science, creativity, and other ways to write victory
from the jaws of defeat.

HAYLEY LAWRENCE

Writer

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Hayley Lawrence’s debut YA novel Inside the Tiger was published by Penguin Random House in 2018 to critical acclaim, shortlisting for the Vogel Prize, longlisting for the Davitt Crime Awards, receiving two Varuna Writers’ House Residencies, and being a CBCA Notable Book in 2019. Inside the Tiger is the story of a private school who writes to an Australian death row prisoner in Thailand and falls for him, destroying them both. Hayley wrote the novel after spending five years writing to and visiting a death row prisoner in Thailand. Previously a lawyer, the stories of the people Hayley came into contact with continue to haunt her writing and make her ask questions about the nature of humanity. Hayley’s second YA novel Ruby Tuesday is being published by Penguin Random House in September 2020. Hayley lives in Port Macquarie and gives regular creative writing talks and workshops to local schools. She has presented at Litfest2444, been a recipient of a Residential Mentorship with the Byron Writers’ Festival, and in 2020 will be presenting at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival as well as the KSP Writers’ Centre in Perth.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Driving Creativity, Conflict and Character

An interactive workshop where we play with powerful story driving tools. We're going to unlock the creative flow in students' brains, interrogate a character of their own making, set a stage for conflict and then let that character fight. Students will learn how to tap into creative flow when they're in a funk, how to build a three dimensional character and most importantly, have fun with that character on the page. 

ELENI HALE

Writer

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Eleni Hale’s debut, Stone Girl, was published through Penguin Random House (May, 2018). It has received accolades including winner Readings Book Prize YA, shortlisting for the NSW Premier’s Ethel Turner Prize and longlisted for the Davitt Crime Awards. It tells the story of one girl’s journey through institutional care.

Eleni was previously a reporter at the Herald Sun, a communications strategist and has written for many print and online news publications. Her short story "Fig" was published as part of the ABC’s ‘In their Branches’ project and she has received three Varuna awards. She lives in Melbourne and is currently working on her second book.

 

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WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

The Secret Ingredients to a Riveting Story

Want to write a short story or a novel? Do you have an idea but aren't quite sure how to make it come to life? Is something missing and you don't know what it is? This fun and practical workshop will be filled with writing games and exercises to teach you the secrets authors rely upon to write their books. Discover how to navigate the complex terrain of story-writing and capture your reader's imagination.

JESS O'CALLAGHAN

Producer/Writer/Editor

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Jess O'Callaghan is a producer and writer for Audiocraft, as well as Audiocraft's Festival Manager. Most recently she’s worked on podcasts including Creative Responders and Lumina, as well as projects for Audible. She was the founding producer of ABC politics podcast The Party Room, and was series producer for ABC investigative audio program Background Briefing.

Jess was also Executive Producer of FBi Radio’s All the Best, and produced independent podcasts The Rereaders and the Meanjin Podcast. She has more than ten years experience working in commercial, community and public radio.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Blanket-fort podcasting:
Making audio stories at home  

How can you use stuff you already have at home to make a podcast, and online resources to edit it? We'll show you how to record your stories and share them online with this hands-on intro to DIY podcast-making.  

FLEUR KILPATRICK

Playwright/Director/Lecturer

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Fleur Kilpatrick is an award-winning playwright and director with practice focused on environmental sustainability and care. She holds a postgraduate Diploma of Directing and a Masters in Playwriting from the VCAM. She is a lecturer at Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance and the co-founder of Lonely Company, working to support emerging playwrights create sustainable careers.

 

Fleur’s plays have won the 2018 Max Afford Playwrights Award (Whale), 2016 Jill Blewett Award (Blessed, Poppy Seed Festival) and 2015 Melbourne Fringe’s Emerging Playwright Award (The City They Burned, Melbourne Fringe, Brisbane Festival).

In 2019, her new play Whale premiered at Northcote Townhall, her production of "Slaughterhouse Five"(which she directed and adapted) returned for a season at Theatre Works and her opera, "Daphne" will premier with Co Opera, SA. In 2018, she made her mainstage debut with her play Terrestrial at State Theatre Company of South Australia and LZA Theatre in Sydney gave her 2013 play Yours the Face. 

Fleur has worked in high schools, directing productions and teaching playwriting since 2005. This work has included a six-week residency in the Surat Basin teaching playwriting and a mentor for thirteen-year-old playwrights through Riverlands Youth Theatre. She appears fortnightly on 3RRRs Smart Arts with Richard Watts and was the co-host of the podcast Contact Mic with Sarah Walker until 2018.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Words to be Spoken: Writing for Performance

The key thing I want to impart to students is what a flexible and evolving medium playwriting is: a medium that is about collaboration and the live experience. To do this, we’ll look at some really creative ways of writing plays – people writing plays that look like live action games, like poetry, like choose-your-own-adventure books – and do a number of writing exercises that focus on form supporting or contrasting the content. For example ‘write a love letter as a multiple choice questionnaire’ or ‘tell the story of finding a dead body as a series of step by step instructions’. We will look at the basic structure of a narrative and do an exercise on how we write a synopsis to ensure that each moment of the plot is necessary and leads onto to the next. The workshop will also discuss the difference between spoken and written language and how we might approximate spoken language in our writing for theatre. We’ll look at some bad dialogue I’ve written for the purpose of this exercise and workshop how we could make it better.

Teaching this content to young people is very close to my heart. I am dyslexic and came to playwriting as a teenager because the possibilities it presented for creativity of form (and sometimes even spelling) made me feel welcome. I love showing students what a playful and creative mode of writing this can be.

FLEUR FERRIS

Writer

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Fleur Ferris spent sixteen years working in Police and Ambulance Services in Victoria and South Australia before her debut, "Risk", was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2015. Risk was nominated and won numerous awards, was published internationally and became an Australian Top 10 Bestseller. "Risk" was adapted to stage by a secondary school in Sweden and that adaptation, Risk: the play, is licensed and available to schools and drama clubs. Fleur’s second book, Black, came out in 2016 and quickly became Australia’s number one bestselling YA “new release” of 2016 and was optioned for film. Wreck, Fleur’s third crime thriller for young adults, was released in 2017. "Found", another action thriller, will be released in July, 2018.
 

Fleur has recently undertaken studies in screenwriting, is co-writing the screenplay adaptation of Black and is working on her next novel which will be released in July 2019.  

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Drawing from Real Life to Create Fiction

This workshop shows how an author draws from real life experiences to create thrilling fiction. Fleur shows how she has turned some of the scariest and most exciting events of her life into fast-paced, engaging fiction. This session covers setting, character, pace and plot, and students should take away a completed (first draft) short story.

 

Thanks to our 2019 Presenters

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

KENNY CHAN

Teacher

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Kenny Chan is part of ‘Drawing With Us’, an artist group based in Melbourne Australia. Since 2003,
they have been conducting manga drawing classes for schools and public libraries in Victoria and occasionally interstate. 
They have also produced a small number of self published comic books, and the occasional commissioned work.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Introduction to Comic Storytelling

In this workshop, students will learn some basic comic panelling and visual storytelling techniques. At the end of the day they would have a completed sketch of a comic page.

EMMA ROSE SMITH

Writer/Poet/Creative Educator

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Emma Rose Smith is a writer, editor, educator and arts organiser living on Gadigal-Wangal land (Sydney). She produces Poetry Object at Red Room Poetry, directs Unspoken Words Storytelling (artist collective and festival), and co-produces Word in Hand (poetry night).         

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Poetry Object: telling stories through 'things'

What stories are held by your special or curious objects; your talismans? Hold them to your ear: what are they whispering to you? Where have they been, what have they seen? During this workshop you'll create a new poem inspired by your own special object! From heirlooms to newly-minted pieces, from handcrafted to sharp technology; your object contains a story that needs to be told. After the workshop, we encourage you to submit your poems to Poetry Object, Australasia’s largest free poetry writing competition for young people and teachers. Created by Red Room Poetry, the project ignites imaginations by inviting young writers to create, publish and submit poems inspired by special objects. In 2018, hundreds of schools joined Red Room for the journey with free learning resources and over $10,000 in prizes. Emma Rose Smith is the current coordinator of Poetry Object.

KIRLI SAUNDERS

Poet/Author/Educator
Cultural Consultant

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Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley was selected for Bologna Book Fair and is published internationally. Her second picture book Our Dreaming will be released by Scholastic in July 2019, Happy Ever After will follow in February 2020. Kirli’s First Poetry Collection, Kindred is to be released by Magabala in 2019, it was Highly Commended in the 2018 Black&Write! prize. Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Kirli’s poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and has embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Breaking Boundaries and Visual Literacies

Join Kirli Saunders (author, poet and motorcyclist) as she explores the breaking of boundaries through visual literacies and storytelling. Consider the role of the visual in adding meaning to text, and the intersections of poetry and fiction. Kirli’s debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley, follows a girl as she adventures with her newly unearthed 'freedom machine'. It has been showcased at the Bologna Book Fair and performed wih an orchestra and live illustrations at Fremantle Writers' Centre
for the ‘Sound of Picture Books’

HAYLEY LAWRENCE

Lawyer/Writer

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Hayley started her first novel at eighteen and in her early twenties, her mother funded a John Marsden writers' retreat which changed my life. It was there that I found my clan. The place I fitted in this crazy, busy world. People who understood characters who walked onto your page and chattered incessantly in your thoughts.

Her most recent novel, published in September 2018, Inside the Tiger won a Litlink Residency in 2016, a PIP Fellowship in 2017 at Varuna, the Writers’ Centre  and was shortlisted for the Australian’s Vogel award in 2017. She is currently working on a new novel ‘Corridor of the wild dogs’.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

The Art of Writing Gripping Stories

The Art of Writing Gripping Stories is a half day workshop that teaches students everything they need to know about writing stories that will hook a reader and maintain their interest. The workshop will examine the three act structure of a plot, which can be applied to novels, short stories, and writing for film/stage. We'll look at how to grab a reader's attention with your opener, how to sustain interest through the middle of your story using conflict, and finally, how to give your readers a satisfying ending. The aim of the workshop is for students to leave with either a completed short story, or a work-in-progress for longer length works, together with a solid idea of plot, structure and resolution.

FIONA SOLLEY

Art Teacher/Artist

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Fiona Solley is an Australian based designer,
textile artist and educator who love of textiles has
led her to create her own patterns and designs, combining delicate watercolours, bold colours and hand drawn illustrations.

 

Fiona was lucky enough to discover her creativity at an early age and has been able to pursue these passions ever since. Now living in a beautiful part of the world, the east coast of Australia, Fiona finds herself surrounded by inspiration.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Mono Printing Journal Workshop

The workshop is about students experimenting with monoprinting and nature to create their own journal/diary.

FAYROZE LUTTA

Urban Planner

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Fayroze is a writer and designer, whose creative expression takes many forms including zine maker, poet, designer, artist and urban planner, and aspiring architect. Her artwork (predominantly paper-based) ranges from drawing, ASCII art, zines, and photography utilising gold leaf and foil in addition to experimental book binding techniques and specialist creative and unique Japanese techniques.

 

Her writing describes the socio & psycho spatial politics, displacement and serious issues, and her experience of living in the ever-invaded city of Sydney. Fayroze’s writing styles vary from poetry, essay, literary journals, anthologies, and scholarly journals about architecture, alienation, anomie and love in Sydney.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Poetry Zine Making

Poet and literary ‘expert’ Lewis-Alan Trathen guides you through creating a poem for print. Once the writing is ready, renowned zine-maker Fayroze Lutta carries you through
the creative techniques of layout, binding, use of a long arm stapler and pagination behind making zines. By the end
you will have created a collaborative zine with the rest of
the workshop!

LANCE BALCHIN

Author

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Lance Balchin grew up in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood and now lives in Brisbane. He comes from a background of art, fashion and skateboard photography and has taught adults in these areas for fifteen years. Having always enjoyed story telling, Lance draws on literature, history and science in his writing. He started using Photoshop in 1991 and a quarter of a century later has developed a comprehensive understanding of it as a creative tool in both portrait photography and illustration.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Making Mechanica

1 - 3 hour sessions using Photoshop to create Mechanica from pre-prepared 'parts'.

MICHAEL WILKIE

Film-maker

Michael Wilkie knows all about film production. He was awarded Young Australian Citizen of the Year in 2012, Lowepro Asia Pacific Ambassador, International Loupe Award and was shortlisted in the World Photography organisation– Photographer, amongst others. Michael is returning to #LitFest2444 this year. His workshop’s in previous years have been very popular with great hands on experience.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Documentary Film-Making

In this hands on workshop students will learn from one of
the industries best as they capture the sights and sounds of LitFest2444 using all the latest equipment. This full day workshop will be documenting #LitFest2444 2019.

EMILIE ZOEY BAKER

Poet

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Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning Australian poet, educator, slam nerd and spoken-word performer who has toured North America, Europe and Asia as a guest of international festivals such as Montréal’s Festival Voix d’Amériques, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali  (2010, 13/14/15) and Ottawa’s VERSEfest. She was also the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s poetry slam Slam!Review in which she competed as the first-ever Australian entrant among contestants from ten countries. At home, she performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and has appeared at the Sydney Opera House and TEDx Melbourne.

Emilie has been teaching slam and performance poetry to teenagers, little kids, old people and kids that aren't quite kids and are not yet teenagers for over 5 years. I was Education officer at Australian Poetry for 2 years and there I started Out Loud the first ever Victorian teen team slam which happens as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

ekphrasis

"ekphrasis: writing poetry inspired from artworks."

MICHAEL HEARLE

Creative Content Director/Author

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M.J.Hearle was born in Port Macquarie.
Addicted to stories from a young age, it was somewhat inevitable that he turned to dealing
them himself. His first novel, Winter’s Shadow, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2011. Winter’s Light followed in 2012 and Claudette in the Shadows in 2013. M.J. Hearle lives with his wife, Greta, son, Bailey, and daughter, India, in Glebe, Sydney.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Writing Suspense: How to grab your
reader by the throat and not let go!

Using classic examples of horror literature and Michael’s
own work he’ll guide the class through the 'do's' and 'don'ts' of crafting scenes of suspense. The students will have an opportunity to use these techniques to write their own
scary scene.

ISOBELLE CARMODY

Author

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Isobelle began the first of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a journalism cadetship. The first book was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to and went on to be short-listed in the Older Readers section of the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award for older readers. The series and her short stories have established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.

She has written many award winning short stories
and books for young people since then.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Telling Stories with Pictures

Having illustrated "The Legend of Little Fur" and
"The Kingdom of the Lost" series, as well as collaborating with other illustrators to create numerous picture books,
in this session Isobelle will explore the use of visuals
in storytelling.

ALLANAH HUNT

PhD Student and Mentee

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A PhD student working on a Marvel novel, writer and musician. Winner of the inaugural Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship. The mentorship is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The purpose of the program is to support the writer as they develop their manuscript and seek publication. Allanah will embark on a year-long mentorship with Indigenous writer Tara June Winch, who will provide feedback on the work in progress and general advice on writing and developing a career.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Let's talk about how we feel: using fan fiction
to tap into feeling and inform writing

A presentation/workshop on fan fiction and how it can be used to tap into emotions of the writer and how we can use those emotions to inform our own writing experience. Learning something through a novel by feeling is a transformative experience and Allanah will work with
young writers and readers on that subject.

RACHEL WATTS

Writer/Tutor

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An award winning journalist and a writer in Perth, Western Australia. Watts has a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication and has had work published in Westerly, Island, Kill Your Darlings and Tincture Journal among others. Her novella Survival was released in 2018.

 

As well as writing, Watts works as a tutor of high school students and teaching workshops on
writing craft.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

What if?: Creative writing thought experiments

One of the best ways to generate imaginative and original writing is to complete a question that starts with what if? It can help you generate an amazing plot, but it can also be
the challenge you need to try new things and experiment in
your writing.


Join writer Rachel Watts to consider some imaginary scenarios, with some new techniques and styles to explore, and the chance to develop your own writing in a risk-free environment. Read masters of the craft for examples of characterisation, plot, description and audience and use what you learn to add depth, pacing, or detail to your writing. Asking what if can send you on a journey to some fantastical creative places and can bring you right back home again in stories that are creative, courageous
and authentic.

SARAH BLUNDELL

Primary Teacher

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Sarah studied a Bachelor of Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield. She has been teaching for over 17 years in numerous schools throughout Australia and is currently teaching at St. Joseph’s Primary Port Macquarie.

 

In her spare time she really enjoys fishing, bike riding with her kids and Sarah loves to play hockey.

 

Sarah has a passion for future-focused learning and trying to prepare students across all curriculum areas to thrive in a rapidly changing world. She really enjoys using Stop Motion Animation with her students to create amazing stories.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Frame by Frame Stop Motion Animation

This workshop will offer an introduction to stop motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts needed to create your own stop motion animation story

CLICKVIEW TEAM

ALICE DONALDSON,
AILING TAY, IRENE MACIAS

Animators

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ClickView is the world’s leading producer of educational videos.

Their team of educators produce content here in Australia from Primary, Secondary right through to Further and Higher Education. Video is no longer a passive viewing experience. Interactive videos engage students in active learning, allowing educators to assess students formatively and target their teaching. Learn from some of ClickViews animators at LitFest2444 2019.

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WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Making GIFStory

Students learn the fundamentals of frame by frame animation by creating their own animated GIF. The workshop includes insight into animation theory, the creative process, and strategies for an effective workflow.

JOHN THIERING

Artist

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John Thiering is a visual and performing artist. His art practice ranges from live SAND ART performance to PAINTING. The exciting new medium of sand art allows John to combine his drawing skills, his passion for telling stories, and his talent as a live entertainer. John has been drawing and painting since he can remember. He attended Art School in the mid-1980s and had his first solo exhibition in Sydney in 1987. He has had regular exhibitions since then in Sydney, Newcastle and on the NSW North Coast.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Sand Art

Students will explore the discipline of sand art.


This will include:
*  basic story-telling techniques
*  skills to create images in sand on a light box
*  storyboarding


The workshop will be 3 hours in duration It will culminate in a 10-15 minute sand art performance. Students will have the experience of working in a creative collaboration

JENNA O'CONNELL

Educator/Careers Coach/
Director of The Optimistic Educator

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Jenna thrives on creativity, curiosity and play, and gets her ‘excited legs’ on about the positive impact these activities can have on wellbeing, academic achievement and career success. Jenna loves asking the big questions and getting lost in conversations about the problems of the world and how we can
fix them.

Jenna’s background sees an amalgam of over 15 years in the corporate and education sectors across roles such as coach, consultant, facilitator, and teacher. As a K-12 Educator and Career Consultant, Jenna is most passionate about helping young people to discover what makes them tick, and revels in opportunities that expose students to unique ways of learning.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

The Storytelling Mystery Box

Who says stories need to be written in words?? We’ll be pushing literary boundaries and filling the room with creative burstiness as we experiment with weird and wonderful storytelling platforms (potentially inventing our very own!) before launching into the main event - a mystery box challenge like you’ve never seen before! You’ll be presented with your own unique box filled with intriguing “ingredients” you’ll use to cook up your very own creative, storytelling masterpiece. You’ll need to pack your bravery, curiosity and creativity for this unique workshop, and be prepared to let your imagination run wild!

TIM MADDREN

MAT BROOKER, STEPH MADDREN

Director-Got Ya Back Productions

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Got Ya Back Productions are proud producers of addictive theatre, adventurous pop up cinema and exciting must see performances, based on Port Macquarie.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

MIxology-mixing words, mixing artforms

We will present excerpts from our theatrical production BANJO. Banjo is an amalgam of the music of COLDPLAY, Contemporary Dance and the spoken word of A.B 'Banjo' Paterson. Three performers from the production will
perform excerpts and then talk about the process of making each excerpt.


The full production itself brilliantly intertwines the themes common in both Paterson's and Coldplay's works whilst tracking the major turning points in A.B Paterson’s life. This national story is told through live music, dance and literature.

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NICOLE CURBY

Audio Producer

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Nicole is an audio producer and oral historian with a passion for exploring the world through stories and soaking up the magic of the human voice. In 2016-2017 she was based in Jakarta, working on the regional radio current affairs program, Asia Calling. Before moving to Indonesia, Nicole worked with Way Back When historians on a range of community and oral history projects and was also involved in one of the country’s oldest and most legendary community radio stations 3CR, where I produced and presented national current affairs programs. These days, Nicole is recording oral histories with Aboriginal elders across New South Wales, through a ‘preservation of evidence’ project run by NTSCORP, the state’s Native Title service provider.

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WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Make a Podcast

Participants will learn the skills to create an audio short story. If you love listening to podcasts, this session will help you understand the magic behind how they're made. Come with a short story idea - fiction or non fiction - and be ready to bring it to life in sound. Learn how to write for radio, present your story, and add sound effects and music. The workshop will be in three X one hour sessions across the day, and limited to 18-20 participants.

 
 
 

WILLHEMINA WAHLIN

Lecturer/Graphic Design,
Charles Sturt University

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Willhemina is a Graphic Design lecturer at CSU in
Port Macquarie. Willhemina’s background in activism, theatre, journalism and the music industry are all brought into her design practice. She is passionate about the power of visual storytelling and about education in visual literacy. She has worked as a journalist, editor, copywriter and graphic designer in Australia and Japan, and since 2009 she has been the Creative Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice, a not for profit organisation based in New York that uses visual storytelling for social justice and human rights.

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Visual Storytelling: Simple devices to get you started

Images are a powerful and creative part of storytelling in today's world. In this workshop, students will work in groups to collaboratively devise, plan and create a story that incorporates images in a significant way. Groups will start by devising their own theme, then work together to develop their characters and plot, create a rough storyboard, and then take a series of images to tell their story. These, together with written content, will be brought together into a story telling app. Students will present their stories at the end of the day.

 

SARAH AYOUB

Journalist/Author

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Sarah Ayoub is a  freelance journalist and author based in Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Marie-Claire, ELLE, Sunday Life, Girlfriend, Cosmopolitan, House & Garden, Sunday Style, Yen, CLEO and more, and she has spoken at numerous industry events including the Sydney Writer’s Festival, Emerging Writer’s Festival, Children’s and Young Adult’s Writer’s Festival, Children’s Book Council of Australia Conference and more.

Her novels Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee are contemporary stories of identity, belonging and discovery. She regularly speaks at schools and writer’s festivals about identity and self-worth in YA fiction, and is passionate about empowering young people to see the value in their own personal stories.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

A Rebellion-The Stella Prize

Students will reimagine works from the literary canon to explore the position of power in how we read and tell stories. This session will also focus on creative writing strategies.

 

KIRSTY EAGAR

Author/Speaker

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Kirsty Eagar was born and raised under the big skies of Capricornia in Queensland. She grew up riding horses, went to a small country school where shoes were optional, and was always allowed to read at the dinner table. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks at the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Bank of England in London, before resigning to pursue a life where she could write and surf. Her Young Adult novels have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, the Western Australia Premier’s Awards and the Gold Inky. She lives on Sydney’s northern beaches with her family.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Crafting Sparks into Stories

Guess what? You are a natural born storyteller. Let’s take that talent and turn it into words. This workshop gives you the tools to craft a creative response to any writing situation. You’ll have fun turning stereotypes into characters worth caring about. You’ll generate ideas in the face of deadlines, write a compelling scene and become a Director of Structure. Students with an interest in writing will benefit from learning a professional writer’s process. Those who are new to writing will gain confidence in their storytelling ability.

 

STACEY MORGAN

Entrepreneur/Educator/

Business Owner

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Stacey grew up in Wauchope, attended Wauchope High and MacKillop Senior College, graduating in 1999. She danced professionally internationally and here in Australia before graduating university with a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Dance and a Bachelor of Education in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology. She has since then gone on to study her Masters in Arts Education through Deakin University. Stacey commenced her study in community radio broadcasting in 1994 and hosted her own shows on 2 WAY FM from 1994 - 2000. Stacey commenced working for the Austereo network in 2001, which lead her to hosting the Star FM breakfast show from 2009 until 2012.

 

Stacey is now the Director of Morgan Media, a podcast media network. She is the host of Ask a Dancer, a podcast for aspiring dancers on iTunes and the co-host and producer of Miss Bossy Boots, a podcast inspiring leadership for Women in Business. Her passion for radio (and listening to the sound of her own voice) inspires Stacey to stay on the cutting edge of podcasting and content creation and she looks forward to sharing this with the students of Litfest2444 in 2019.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Podcasting Like a Pro

An interactive insight into creating your own podcast. Build your personal brand, create content and get published, all whilst still in your pyjamas!

 

KANEANA MAY

Writer/Author/Screenwriter

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Kaneana grew up on the Mid North Coast of NSW, moved away to explore, graduated uni with honours in screenwriting. She then went on to work in television including roles as a scrip

t assistant on All Saints, a storyliner on Headland, and a script writer on Home & Away. Now she is focusing her attention on writing both contemporary women’s fiction and teen/young adult fiction.

Kaneana’s short story ‘Living Rose’ was selected as one of twelve to be published in the Underdog Anthology. The book celebrates Young Adult literature and is part of the #LoveOzYA movement. Her debut novel, “The One” will be published in July 2019 by Harlequin.

 

Kaneana is married with three children and in her spare time she likes to write, read Young Adult, New Adult and Contemporary Women’s Fiction and she is also a huge fan of Australian Drama on TV.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

#LoveOzYA Short Story Workshop

Led by Tobias Madden (editor and publisher of Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories, due for release in March 2019) and local writer, Kaneana May (Underdog contributor), students will learn the essential techniques for writing young adult short stories. This will include brainstorming, plotting, outlining, WRITING, self-editing and providing feedback for others. They will leave the workshop with the beginning of a short story that they can complete at home

 

LEWIS-ALAN TRATHEN

Poet/Educator

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Lewis-Alan is a poet and educator from Sydney, Australia. They are a two-time state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam and have featured at numerous slams and festivals around Australia, including Ruckus Slam, Enough Said, Newtown Festival and the Subsonic Music Festival. Lewis-Alan has also appeared on 2SER and Bondi Radio.

 

Lewis-Alan’s works raise issues of body and afterlife, gender and myth, illness and empowerment. Surreal and lurid images and grammatical ambiguity create verse Rabbit Poetry Journal described as “perversely magnificent”.

 

Lewis-Alan has coordinated poetry workshops for both children and adults, independently and in conjunction with government and non-profit bodies. In 2017 Lewis-Alan was shortlisted for the Burns Bay Bookery Youth Prize. Their poems have appeared in Voiceworks, Pressure Gauge, and Rabbit Poetry Journal. They are leaving (their bedroom) one word at a time.

Join Lewis-Alan’s two events; Haiku Typing Pool and Poetry Zine Making with renowned zine-maker, Fayroze Lutta.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Poetry Zine Making

Poet and literary ‘expert’ Lewis-Alan Trathen guides you through creating a poem for print. Once the writing is ready, renowned zine-maker Fayroze Lutta carries you through

the creative techniques of layout, binding, use of a long arm stapler and pagination behind making zines. By the end you will have created a collaborative zine with the rest of the workshop!

 

ANNA PRIESTLAND

Researcher/Writer

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If you love true crime podcasts then you've probably listened to some of Anna's work.  Formerly the writer for the Australian hit podcast Casefile , Anna is now an independent writer and producer as well a contributing writer for the true crime podcasts They Walk Among Us (UK) and The Vanished (USA). Anna's work has been downloaded millions of times, reaching a global audience. 

 

Anna's approach to choosing cases varies and often depends on the production itself. Whether she is extensively researching a historical case, has been contacted by a family or a police department, she remains focused on crafting a story with the utmost of respect. She often travels across the world to meet with families and detectives and people involved to get the story right. Anna has also recently taken her approach to true crime research into other genres of podcasting, partnering with The History Channel UK to produce a history podcast; The Letters of Love in WW2  (Launching June 6).

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Rise of the True Crime Podcast

Community Presentation June 5th.

Panel session, Q & A and light refreshments.

 

RUBY JONES

Investigative Journalist

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Ruby Jones is an award-winning broadcast and digital journalist, filing daily news, investigations and features for the ABC. Her stories have appeared on the ABC’s flagship TV current affairs programs 7.30 and Lateline. She has worked as the news host of Triple J’s breakfast program, and for the ABC’s national reporting team.

 

In 2015 Ruby was awarded  Marchbanks young journalist of the year. Ruby is an Investigative journalist currently with Unravel True Crime. Ruby's work was showcased in the "Barrenjoey Road" series of the Unravel Podcast.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

The Rise of Investigative Journalism
and the True Crime Podcast

Community Presentation June 5th.

Panel session, Q & A and light refreshments.

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