Author Talks + School Visits

Karen Tyrrell BEST  457 KBI, Karen Tyrrell, present FUN, interactive Creative Writing workshops and author talks to Brisbane schools, libraries, writing groups and clubs.

I present an imaginative Creative Writing workshop called Build a Spaceship where children write the first chapter of their novel choosing their characters, story theme and “movie-like” setting using visualization techniques.

On Building a Spaceship: Creative Writing workshop…

‘Thanks so much for bringing your talents to Mabel Park SHS for our Year 9s. I admit I was a little anxious embarking on creative writing activities for some of the low-achievers, but delighted when I saw the result. Your motivating, inclusive style and high-yield activities really had the students at all abilities working hard, creating stories and experimenting with their imagination. Congratulations. I’m sure the students can now approach creative and imaginative written tasks with a sense of confidence and achievement. “– Chris Norrie, Mabel Park SHS

You can book me for a writing workshop or talk by contacting my agent at Creative Net

I’m an award-winning author-teacher, interactive story teller and dynamic creative writing workshop presenter for kids and adults. My published works include STOP the Bully (8-12) and Bailey Beats the Blah (4-8), all with an empowering message of resilience. My books are aligned with Kids Matter: Australian curriculum.

Preferred Audience: Prep – Year 3 (book talks), Years 4 – 9 (writing workshops), Years 10 -12 to adults (advanced workshops).

My FUN story telling sessions include interactive chants, costumes or puppets, following up with kid’s activities. All kids receive goodies from Kids Helpline. My writing tasks help young people create vivid stories that come to life.


Some popular topics include:

  • Build a Spaceship (Or Build a castle, forest, darkness, museum, undersea, war. etc. Choose from a long list)
  • Choose your own Adventure
  • How to STOP the Bully
  • Life Skills for Year 11 high school.
  • How to write fast-paced stories which hook in the reader.
  • How to write the first page and/ or an elevator pitch.
  • How to write memoirs, picture books, junior novel

Available as:

30 min talk/activity presentation

1hr interactive workshop to gain story ideas and starts.

2hr intense workshop to create story ideas and a short story draft.

Or any time requested.


Workshops costs are calculated using the base rates determined by the Australian Authors Association. Their schedule of fees can be found here:

*Encouraging literacy and creative expression in children is something I feel quite passionate about. As such, I am sometimes willing to offer my time freely to schools with students at risk, or in need. It is also possible to reduce fees by organizing pre-orders of my books. If you’d love a school visit, speak to me, we can work something out for the kids.

Contact me at:

Or book by heading over to Creative Net:

Downloads: FREE teacher Resources HERE



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