WINNERS of the River City Writers Conference

cover picThe inaugural River City Writers Conference went off with an eXplosion of energy! I was so proud to be part of this electric experience as an award winning author presenter, sharing my personal story of my survival from bullying, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental illness, inspiring me to write ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and the self-help sequel ME & HIM:A Guide to Recovery. I shared my memoir writing tips and how to Get Published.


Karen Tyrrell sharing ME & HER:A Memoir of Madness + ME & HIM:A Guide to Recovery

Fellow author Helene Young, Nas Dean editor and Anthony Puttee publishing adviser shared their inspirational knowledge of writing, editing and publishing.

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Helene Young Romance suspense author

The room filled with delegates, writers, publishers and editors was on-fire with their passion for getting out stories that entertain or change peoples lives. The incredible Delia Strange launched her sci-fi fantasy novel Femme AND she won first place in the Flash Fiction competition. BIG Congrats!!! … Talented writer Peta Fitzpatrick shared second place with Lorraine Sim and another gentleman.

Mentors:  Lynne Stringer editor from Wombat Books, Richard Andrew independent editor and Elaine Ouston publisher met with delegates offering positive feedback and support. Everyone came away with practical doable action plans on how to amp up their craft of writing and Get Published.

I would like to thank the unstoppable Raelene Purtill for organizing River City Writers Conference with such conviction. Her amazing assistant Denise Covey who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.


Karen Tyrrell, Raelene Purtill, Denise Covey, Charmaine Clancy, Nas Dean

Sharing my TOP Writing Tips  to Accelerate your Publishing Success

1. Write what your Passionate about, it will shine through your writing.

2. Create an pro-active Author Platform, and become the expert in your field.

3. NEVER, ever give up!  Write every single day. Keep writing and submitting.

What were my Highlights?

I met online friends face-to-face, hearing their their personal journeys and triumphs. My heart warmed,  understanding their passion to get their stories out to the world.

Please watch out for these dedicated up-and-coming writers:

Martina McGrath … Noeleen Eliza Bowen … Karen Fowles  … Lilly Hope Lucario.

If you’re inspired too, please leave a comment below >>>

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Inspiring Logan Women Event

10154438_532824160167798_8680763489054605557_nINSPIRING Logan Women  presents four women sharing their powerful stories. Women who have walked a difficult path gaining valuable insight and personal strength from their experiences.

I, Karen Tyrrell will reveal my personal story as a victim of parent-teacher bullying and subsequent mental illness. And how I recovered to become an award winning resilience author of four books …

ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and ME & HIM: a Guide to Recovery raise understanding of mental illness, mental health, recovery and wellness.  Bailey Beats the Blah (ages 4-8) boosts kids coping skills to overcome sad days and worry thoughts. STOP the Bully (9-12) empowers kids with bully prevention skills.

???????????????????????????????Host, Jane Sleight-Leach organized Inspiring Logan Women event to benefit the Life 2 Project, to break the cycle of domestic violence.

Check out Inspiring Women Presenters!

CANDICE SKJONNEMAND: Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Finalist on THE VOICE 2014 … She‘ll sing her sweet dulcet tones for us.candiceTIARNIE VIDLER: Creator of the online community Guided From Within, Workshop Facilitator working with crystals, astrology, numerology, meditation and quantum energy among many other modalities, lover of life.

Tiarnie-Vidler-300x300SYLVIA MORRIS:  Former corporate high flyer turned Creative Writer with a spiritual enlightenment edge through short stories, poetry and inspired verse.

WE will stand before you with honesty and courage. Be prepared to break out tissues for the lows and in the next breath laugh along with the highs.

Comedian Maree Quinn will MC and auction off special donated items including my resilience books.

WHEN: 28th August 6-9pm

Inspiring Australia is a fast growing, not for profit national movement set to inspire over 5,000 Australians providing over $500,000 to over 100 local community causes, making a real difference.

The beneficiary of Inspiring Logan Women event is Life 2 Project breaking the cycle of domestic violence.Life-2-Project-logoRSVP to this Facebook page HERE

BUY tickets HERE 

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WINNER Roses are Blue Book Giveaway

Roses-are-BlueThanks to all the participants in the Roses are Blue book Giveaway.
Roses are Blue: children’s verse novel written by award winning author Sally Murphy.

Read  my REVIEW plus Interviews and  Blog Tour HERE

Announcing the WINNER

Drum roll…

AND the winner is Kaye Baillie

I’ll be in contact with you soon to request your address for posting.

Thanks for supporting Roses are Blue

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Create a Children’s Novel FREE Workshop

Free-Workshop-logoWant to write and publish a children’s novel?
Join me, author teacher Karen Tyrrell as I share my secrets in creating and publishing a successful children’s novel. I’ll share tips on crafting unforgettable characters and a story line hooking in the reader.

PLUS I’ll reveal my secrets on how I wrote and published bully prevention junior novel STOP the Bully and resilience picture book Bailey Beats the Blah  with 5 STAR reviews  from teachers, school counselors, reviewers and mental health CEOs on Amazon and Goodreads.


Eleven year old Brian is hiding something …

His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school. And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day.

Can Brian  STOP the Bully without revealing his shameful secret?

Download FREE Teacher resources and kids activities HERE

Please come along to my other  events HERE

At the workshop, I’ll divulge my writing tips gained from over twenty years’ teaching experience with schools, libraries and Gifted & Talented Classes.

FREE Workshop

WHERE: TLC Lounge Hyperdome library
Mandew St, Shailer Park … Brisbane

WHEN: Tuesday 19th August 6 – 7.30 pm

Cupcakes by Charmaine Daly @ Lets Create Cakes … Coffee and Tea provided.
RSVP  Phone 07 3412 4120 … Seats are going quickly

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Please LET me know :)

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Roses Are Blue REVIEW + Book Giveaway

Roses-are-BlueRoses Are Blue
by Sally Murphy, illustrated by Gabriel Evans
ISBN: 9781922244376

What if your  Mum was different from everyone else’s?
I mean embarrassingly different…

Amber Rose’s enchanted world has come to an end.  First her mother is injured in a tragic accident.  She’s not the same anymore.

Amber and her family are struggling to cope with all the changes: A new home, a new school and new friends.  And now Amber must make the decision of her life.

Award-winning author Sally Murphy delivers a heart-warming story dealing with grief, tragedy, and change … But resilience, the importance of family and hope suddenly shines through in the darkness.

Roses are Blue delivers a powerfully written verse novel for  primary school children, perfect for reading out aloud. Sensitively illustrated by newcomer Gabriel Evans in ink and charcoal to make Roses are Blue a graphic illustrated novel.

Superbly written in short striking sentences for children to read and empathize with Amber …

I have not got used to my new mum.
Even though I love her
(I absolutely love her),
I miss my happy,
smiling mum.

I highly recommend Roses Are Blue for children, families, teachers, librarians and school counselors.

                      Tuesday, July 22nd Karen Tyrrell

Wednesday, July 23 Alphabet Soup

Thursday, July 24 Kids’ Book Review

Friday, July 25 Write and read with Dale

Saturday, July 26 Diva Booknerd

Sunday, July 27 Children’s Books Daily

Monday, July 28 Boomerang Books Blog

Tuesday, July 29 Australian Children’s Poetry

Wednesday, July 30 Sally Murphy

@SallyMurphy | Sally on Facebook |

Book Giveaway

I’m giving away a FREE print copy of Roses are Blue. Please comment below on why you’d like to win. Closes July 31st. Winner announced August 1st. … Good luck :)

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River City Writers Conference Aug 16

988402_431495753663026_945076776_nYIPEE! I’ve been invited to present a Memoir Workshop at River City Writers Conference Brisbane on August 16, sharing all my publishing secrets.
River City Writer’s Conference is Brisbane MOST innovative conference jam-packed with actionable writing and publishing advice.

Check Out the Presenters…

Key Note speaker is award-winning author Helene Young, who shares her writing and publishing knowledge which helped her books rocket to #1. Author of Half Moon Bay, Shatter Lies and Border Watch and MORE.

Helene Young

Helene Young

Anthony Puttee, publishing adviser will reveal BEST ways to publish your book, disclosing latest industry trends.

Anthony Puttee

Nas Dean, editor extra-ordinare with share all your editing secrets to make your manuscript SHINE

Nas Dean

Nas Dean

Delia Strange will launch ‘FEMME’, her sci-fi sacred femme novel in the lunch break.


Delia Strange

I, Karen Tyrrell award-winning author will share how to write and publish a memoir or novel that connects with your readers… ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness (2012) and ME & HIM: A Guide to Recovery (2013) scored *5 STAR reviews, revealing my triumph over parent-teacher harassment and mental illness. Kid’s resilience books: Bailey Beats the Blah picture book (2013) and STOP the Bully empowers children with  bully prevention skills to boost self-esteem.


Karen Tyrrell

Check out these AMAZING opportunities for writers…
FLASH FICTION Competition … FREE to enter

Submit 500-800 words on ‘The Brisbane River’.
WIN a QWC voucher and appraisal from Morris Publishing. Closes SOON

FREE CRITIQUING of your Writing
Bring along up to 1000 words for critique. Place them in our treasure box.

Browse the image, visual and sensory prompts to help make those creative juices flow.  Arrive early to spend time before the Conference commences.


Meet editors and publishers on the day. Prepare your pitch, have some pages from your manuscript ready.
If you would like to meet for twenty minutes with an editor or publisher … Please email Raelene: ASAP > Spaces Going fast > Register HERE

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River City Writers Conference

George William Hotel … 325 George St Brisbane (near Roma Street Transit Station)
Saturday 16th August 8.00 am
Only $140 for a FULL day of workshops, keynote speakers, publishing and editing advice … FREE Lunch

Spaces Going fast >> Register HERE

LIKE River City Writing Conference Facebook Page HERE

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WINNERS of the CYA Conference

cyaI celebrated the ultimate event in my Writer’s year …

The Australian CYA Conference at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane. It’s a one-day action-packed adventure holiday for writers. Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

I shared this amazing day with my writing buddies and colleagues, participating in writing courses, scribbling down blueprints for my next writing projects, revitalizing my creative brain to the MAX.

Who WON first place in the CYA Conference Competitions?

Picture Book Preschool …Ramona Davey
Picture Book Primary School … Madeleine Askew
Picture Book Non Fiction …Catherine Oehlman
Younger Chapter Books … Anna Quinlon
Older Chapter Books … Kerry McDonald
Young Adult … Elisabeth Kasmer
Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Middle Grade Novel .. Arun Pradhu & Matthew Davidson
Illustrations …Vicky Pratt
Published Author … Kerri Lane

What WINNING ideas did the Author Presenters teach me?

Pamela Rushby shared how to structure a Story using #9 questions …                                                        Isabelle  Caromody revealed how “Scents and Sensiblity”strengthens your novels using emotions & 5 Senses Wendy Orr  divulged how to build characters from the inside OUT, by really knowing everything about them. The Editor Panel shared what they look for in a “perfect” manuscript: something unique and unforgettable, written with PASSION.

photo 4YAY… I Won Too!

I Presented my  publishing success/es on the CYA Success Story Panel

Bailey Beats the Blah Picture book

Bailey hates his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH!
How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA?

STOP the Bully junior Novel

Eleven year old Brian is hiding something. His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school. And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day. Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?

Success Panel Co-Winners

BIG Congrats to Write Links Buddies: Caylie Jeffery and Samantha Wheeler: Read Write Links Successes  HERE

Congrats to writely friends Stella Tarakson, Kathryn Apel and Cassandra Webb. They all SHARED their truly inspirational and surprising journeys on what inspired them AND how they became published.

Who were the REAL Winners?

WE who attended were able to embrace the wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration from TOP publishers, agents, illustrators, editors, authors and web designers. CYA Conference delegates partook of a unique opportunity, that could shape OUR writing lives and craft US into the writers WE could be.

Only if WE believed!

What was YOUR favourite experience at CYA?

How were YOU inspired?

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Books From Our Backyard 2013

ppl 4WOOHOO!  Queensland Writers Centre announced their latest Book catalogue Books From Our Backyard 2013 … I’m celebrating!!

Bailey Beats the Blah: resilience picture book and ME & HIM: A Guide to Recovery: wellness memoir are published within their pages…

Bailey Beats the Blah  (2013) empowers kids to over come SAD days and WORRY thoughts with coping skills. …

“Bailey HATES his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends.His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH!

How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA? 5 STAR Reviews  HERE


DSC03494ME & HIM: A Guide to Recovery (2013) *5 STARS… Carers Guide to recovery, wellness and happiness.

How to recover from anxiety & depression and STAY WELL

PART 1: Stop panic attacks, stress less, sleep better, develop a wellness plan

PART 2:  Sequel to ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness from Carer’s perspective, revealing NEW secrets   5 STAR Reviews  HERE

Books From Our Backyard — Filled with a year’s worth of books published by Queensland authors, is our biggest yet, with over 250 collections, novels, memoirs and stories listed inside. Books from our Backyard 2011

Queensland Writers Centre invited me to celebrate the launch of Books From Our Backyard 2013  with catalogue authors...  

AUTHORS include: Charmaine Clancy, June Perkins, Robin Adolphs, Janice Gallen, Michelle Worthington, Candice Lemon Scott,

Stephanie Azri, Chris Collins, Kelly Hart, Sheryl Gwyther, Peter Carnavas, Samantha Wheeler, Michael Gerard Bauer, Christine Bongers and MORE

Event: Launch Books From Our Backyard 2013.

When: Tuesday 1 July, 6 – 7.30 pm

Where: Poinciana Lounge, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane.

Can’t wait to see all my writing buddies there!

Will you be going?

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How to Balance Your Health

I was totally Exhausted … mentally, emotionally and physically!

4013933-695561-life-balance-signpost-shows-family-career-health-and-friendsWHY? … For a month, I’ve thrown myself into a relentless schedule of events surrounding the launch of my children’s resilience novel STOP the Bully.

Writing, blogging and editing almost every day. Delivering and promoting two book launches, a 15 day Blog Tour, seminars, author visits, school sessions and appointments with book shops.

To cope with all these events I worked twelve-hour days, sacrificing sleep and my health. The beginnings of Health problems were rearing their ugly heads.
I was plummeting down the chasm of Burnout!

Thankfully, I took a day off, reflecting on… how can I restore my optimum health?

Tapping into my intuition, I worked out how I could rectify the imbalance to my health, balancing Mind Body Spirit.
I’ve started a new healthy plan, to re-establish routines that I’d let slip …

How can I HEAL myself?

SUPER #8 Secrets to Balance Your Health…10-daily-habits-for-health

1.    Listen to your body: be self-aware of what you need physically, mentally and emotionally to be the healthiest you can be.

2.    Take time out for ME time.  Give yourself permission for ME time. Enjoy at least one FUN activity each day.

3.    Embrace Mind Body and Spirit. Relax … rejuvenate … meditate.

4.    Exercise daily to builds muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Consider yoga, stretching, brisk walking, bike riding and swimming.

5.    Ensure you get enough restful sleep. Cut back on your work hours.

6.    Watch your stress levels. Learn to say NO. (VIP for you.)

7.    Eat a healthy diet loaded with fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses and whole-grains.

happy_healthy_woman8.    Monitor your moods. Be self-aware and mindful of any changes. Seek help from your doctor.

In my role as mental health advocate, I, Karen Tyrrell wish to spread positive mental health messages.

And do my best to lead by example.

Have you ever neglected your Health, or worked long hours?

How did you balance your health?
Which of my Health secrets resonates with you?

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From bullying to a book

Albert-and-Logan-NewsNEWSFLASH: Albert & Logan News published a story on my journey from bullied teacher to author of STOP the Bully, empowering children’s book

KAREN Tyrrell knows all too well the consequences of bullying.
Karen Tyrrell has drawn on her own life experiences write the book STOP the Bully.

getimage.aspxThe Logan teacher was once the victim – bullied by parents at the school where she taught.

Ms Tyrrell said she was bullied to breaking point, triggering mental illness … but also a passion to empower others subjected to bullying.

“Now I’m an award-winning author of four books, mental health advocate and anti-bullying campaigner, launching my empowering junior novel STOP the Bully,” Ms Tyrrell said.

Bullying is a huge problem in schools.

“My mission is to empower kids to assert themselves with anti- bullying solutions, restoring their self-confidence.”

Ms Tyrrell said the book was about 11-year-old Brian, who was hiding something.

“His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family,” she said.
“Brian hates his new school.
“And now a violent bully attacks him every day.

“Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his shameful secret?

ktyrrell-stopbully-cover-webpromo-3Dbook (2)READ the story at Albert & Logan News P17 HERE

A launch will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 10am

at the Logan North Library, 2 Sports Drive, Underwood.

Ring 3412 4140 RSVP … HERE

Buy a copy of STOP the Bully in print or eBook HERE

Read MORE about  STOP the Bully at Logan North launch HERE

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