Speaking and Teaching
The Writers Centre is often approached by schools, government departments, businesses and organisation, and writing groups for access to teachers and speakers for creative writing workshops, professional development courses and talks.
By employing the teacher/speaker through the Writers Centre, that person is automatically covered by the Writers Centre's indemnity insurance. The Writers Centre can also provide a meeting space for the group or class to meet in, and assist with photocopying and other resource preparation.
Speakers and teachers currently on the IAW register are:
Jenny is an experienced teacher who is confident delivering tutorials, workshops and lectures to all age levels. She is a strong presenter who can speak authoritatively on the tools of creative writing, the various aspects of writing fiction and non-fiction and the role of research. The techniques involved in writing strong dialogue and developing engaging characters are of particular interest to her.
Colin has taught to a wide range of students on a very wide selection of subjects.
Dr Philippa (Pippa) Carron is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, facilitator and writing coach and consultant. With a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (2002), she has had considerable experience over 12 years delivering hundreds of writing skills courses to thousands of public servants and private sector employees.
Charlotte is a very experienced teacher who has worked successfully with all age groups. Areas of expertise are grammar, style, editing and literature.
Evan Croker is a passionate storyteller. Having told stories with film, theatre, radio and novels, he is able to explain the pros and cons of the different mediums from the writer’s point‐of‐view.
Hal is a versatile published writer with over 20 years’ experience. An award-winning playwright, poet, screenwriter, workshop presenter, creative writing tutor and editor. Has a lot to offer students and emerging writers, with experience in developing and delivering writing workshops to a very diverse range of people.
- Hal's qualifications and bio (.pdf)
Joanne Mary McCarron
"I enjoy using my voice and like public speaking—as the Barrister in a mock trial presentation as part of my law degree at the University of Canberra; reading a chapter from my current speculative fiction manuscript at the Writers Who are Friends Writers Who Are Hauntings Residency at Varuna; as a (volunteer) reader for The Fox on the Fairway for the Canberra Repertory Theatre."
Simon Mitchell writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and often a little bit quirky. An accomplished presenter, Simon visits countless primary schools and libraries to talk about his books and writing. He has been a guest of some of Australia’s best-known literature festivals, including the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Somerset Celebration of Literature.
Lizz is passionate about poetry. She engages a wide range of audiences through talks, readings and a bit of humour, and can generally take any topic or theme and bend a poetry talk/reading around it.
Gillian is an experienced teacher and speaker, with many years varied experience. Has worked with a broad range of ages and writing levels, from adults through to children as young as eight, and with groups ranging from three to three hundred.
Katie is a highly experienced and confident public speaker. She has had four books published both here and overseas; three adult fantasy and one humorous children's fantasy.
Mark has written leading books on the writing craft. Draws on a wide reach of reading and learning, on a great breadth of work experience, and on a writing practice sustained for nearly twenty years now across a number of genres (in particular poetry, lyric nonfiction, nature writing, and functional prose)
Denise is a qualified writing professional who loves sharing information, and helping people to learn new things. Helping people is the driving force behind all of her books—whether it's learning information by 'osmosis' when solving puzzles (they're a great way to sneak facts into an unsuspecting brain!), helping people learn how to solve those dastardly cryptic crosswords, or helping patients struggling with difficult health conditions.