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 He hopes it will grow into a platform for unpublished #LoveOzYA writers to showcase their work and have their voices heard.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.

Participants will make a GIF during the workshop so if you like animation this FREE workshop is for you. 

 

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.  

 

MICHAEL HEARLE

Writer

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M.J. Hearle was born in Port Macquarie, a small coastal town on the Mid-North coast of Australia. 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.

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WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Campfire Tales for the Digital Age

Using the popular CreepyPasta story 'Candle Cove' as an example, I'd like to take students through the creation of a scary 'campfire tale' through digital communication methods like Reddit, Email, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

JENNA O'CONNELL

Educator/Writer

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Jenna is a K-12 educator, careers coach, and the Co-Director of The Posify Group. She thrives on creativity, curiosity and play, knowing the positive impact these qualities have on wellbeing, academic achievement, and career success. Jenna is obsessed with helping people to discover their unique magic and experiment with ways to share it with the world so that, together, we can all drive positive change.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Fun and Fast Workouts to Stretch
Your Creative Muscles 

Did you know that creativity is like a muscle? The more you use it, the stronger it becomes! In this fun and fast-paced interactive workshop, we'll be exploring a range of warm-ups, games and activities that professional storytellers and creatives use to keep creatively fit and on their storytelling A-game. You'll learn how to bust brainstorming blocks, crush creative cramps, and duck-dive through difficulties as you stretch your creative muscles to head towards your creative potential. And the best bit? There's no experience necessary!

 

HOLDEN SHEPPARD

Writer/Author

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Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. At eighteen, he left home, abandoning a career as a fairly average earthmoving labourer to move to Perth and pursue his passion for writing.

 

The gamble paid off. Holden’s debut YA novel INVISIBLE BOYS was published by Fremantle Press in October 2019. INVISIBLE BOYS won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award, the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award and the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award.

​Holden’s novella POSTER BOY won the 2018 Novella Project competition and was published in Griffith Review in October 2018. His true story "Fight, Deny, Delete" was published in the Margaret River Press anthology Bright Lights, No City in 2019. 

Holden's short fiction has been published in page seventeen and Indigo Journal, and he has also written for Ten Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder.  He graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program in 2013 and won a prestigious ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2015.

Holden currently serves as the Deputy Chair of WritingWA, and as an ambassador for Lifeline WA.

He is represented by agent Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency. A lifelong misfit, Holden has always been a walking contradiction: a gym junkie who has played Pokemon competitively; a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock; and a bogan who learned to speak French. He believes the best writing comes straight from the heart: unabashed, unfettered and unafraid.

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WORKSHOP PRESENTATION

Tell It Like It Is: Writing from Real Life

In this one-hour workshop, award-winning Young Adult author Holden Sheppard will talk about the process of writing stories drawn from real life experiences. Students will experiment with a range of possible events from a timeline, then craft a short piece either depicting a true tale or adapting a grain of truth into a fictionalised account. Discussion will ensue about the implications - ethically and stylistically - for both options.

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