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An experienced writer, and a new author, Kellie is available to come and speak to your class, school, library patrons, festival visitors and other guests on numerous topics. Sessions can cover book readings and interactive activities; workshops with specific exercises; and talks on a writer's life, publishing, storytelling techniques and more. Contact Kellie today for further information and/or to make an enquiry.
Kellie can speak about a variety of topics, to many different ages, from young children up to adults.
Her picture book Cloud Conductor, addresses themes of creativity and dealing with challenging times. It also ties in to curriculum studies on the natural environment, weather patterns, the seasons, clouds and more. The book is geared towards young readers, aged around 5 to 8 years. Kellie can perform a reading, answer a Q&A, and direct a craft activity for students in prep or Grades 1 or 2.
In addition, Kellie can speak to students in any year, or to adults where appropriate, about the following topics (45-60 minute talks and 60-90 minute workshops are available):
- Imagination, and where ideas come from
- How we can use creativity to help ourselves and others
- Weather patterns, the seasons, clouds
- Story Conductor - elements of story
- Making of a picture book
- Fun with language
- Using the five senses in writing
- The roles of authors, illustrators, and publishers
- A writer's life
- Writing effective story beginnings and endings
- The many forms of storytelling and ways stories can be shared
- Revision, revision, revision
Would you prefer Kellie to speak about another, specific topic? Or perhaps you'd like to engage her for day-long programs or immersive residencies? That's no problem, just get in touch to make a request and learn more about Kellie's fee structure.
Kellie is also part of the Greenleaf Press team, and can visit your location with two other picture book creators to hold a KinderFest event. KinderFests are 2 hour miniature literary festivals for very young children, designed to entertain young ones and educate them on the importance of reading and having books in their lives.
KinderFests are perfect for daycare centres, preschools, kindergartens, Pre-Prep and Prep, and for events such as Grandparent and Special Friend Days, Book Week, Library Week, Open Days, Numeracy & Literacy Week and the like.
During the KinderFest session, Kellie and two other authors or illustrators will read their stories, sing some songs, conduct question time and run a simple craft or drawing activity. This will be followed by book sales and signings, so kids can take home their own, personally-signed book on the day. Please contact Greenleaf Press directly for more information and to organise one of these events.