Teacher Professional Development Seminar


Samantha Wheeler + Nova Weetman + Danielle Binks

Heritage Collections Learning Room, slq

Word Play / Workshop

WP021

#Performances


#About the event


#Artists

Samantha Wheeler

Samantha Wheeler

Samantha Wheeler studied agriculture, worked with dairy farmers and taught science, until writing her first story for middle grade readers, inspired by koalas. Her books, which include Smooch & Rose, Mister Cassowary, Turtle Trackers, Devils in Danger and Everything I’ve Never Said, have been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, the Readings Children’s Book Prize, and the Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. Samantha is now completing a PhD at the University of Queensland, investigating the creative devices which might best encourage young people to care for our environment.

Nova Weetman

Nova Weetman

Nova Weetman is a widely published writer of fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. She has published seventeen novels for children about friendship, class, identity and belonging, and her books have been shortlisted for many awards and published internationally. Her recent essays on aspects of grief and loss have been published in The Guardian and The Age, leading to her appearing on Radio National’s Conversations. Nova has also published short fiction in Island, Mslexia, Kill Your Darlings and Overland, and worked as a screenwriter for television and film.

Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer and literary agent with Jacinta di Mase Management. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+). The Year the Maps Changed, Danielle’s bestselling middle-grade novel, was a 2021 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book. And her 2021 YA novel The Monster of Her Age won in the Young Adult category of the 2022 Indie Book Awards. Her new middle grade novel out in 2023 is Six Summers of Tash & Leopold. Danielle is also teaching Fiction & Young Adult Writing in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University.



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