Supercharge your Writing SUPER Guide

SuperchargeSUPERcharge your writing and publish your book. How?

Who wants to create page-turning stories and characters bursting with vibrant energy?

My name’s Karen Tyrrell, Brisbane survivor of bullying and PTSD. I’m passionate about self-empowerment and well-being. I’m now the award-winning author of eight empowering books, soon to be nine. I’d like to share my secrets to writing and publishing.


Why SUPERcharge your characters and story?

Readers want stories they can emotionally connect with. Stories that hook them in from the very first line. Intriguing stories with characters they deeply care about. Readers want to read emotionally, supercharged stories with HIGH stakes. Stories that bring them to tears or make them laugh.

Gripping stories that inspire, entertain or educate.

SUPERcharge your Writing Routines

  1. Write passionately about what you care about every single day.
  2. Create stories that drive you as a human being. Your intense passion and energy will connect with readers.

SUPERcharge your story

  1. Start your story at an intriguing pivotal turning point.
  2. Supercharge your story with emotions, tension and conflict.
  3. Make every scene as cinematic as possible with believable detail.
  4. Write in an intriguing way, posing questions that need to be answered. Hook us in as readers.
  5. Create a fast-paced story full of super-action about characters you really care about.
  6. Raise the stakes as high as you can.
  7. Show cinematic close-up detail at confronting scenes and interactions in your story.


SUPERcharge your characters

  1. Catapult your characters into absolute hell.
  2. Test your characters with brick-wall challenges.
  3. Makes us, the readers care deeply about your main character.
  4. Create characters who are likeable … or likeable rogues.

SUPERcharge your Writing Goals

  1. Visualize yourself completing your story or your book.
  2. Believe you will succeed … and you will.
  3. Set S.M.A.R.T. achievable goals for every day, every week, and long term goals for the month. And every 3 months.

My SUPERcharged memoirs 

My two memoirs, Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness  and Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery narrate a teacher’s recovery from parent-teacher bullying and PTSD.

SUPER hero books for kids

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I write books to empower kids to live strong. My action-packed stories burst with heart and humor.

STOP the Bully, Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin vs Lord TerraJo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids series), Bailey Beats the BLAH and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.



I’m announcing my ninth SUPER book next  Monday! … WHO wants to find out more?

How do you SUPER Charge your story and your characters?

What are you passionate about?

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Reviews Song Bird Superhero Super Deal

Reviews Song Bird SuperheroREVIEWS Song Bird Superhero SUPER Deal

I’m celebrating my riveting Reviews and interviews for Song Bird Superhero!

From teeniest girl to most respected magazine, check out book reviews for Song Bird Superhero.

Pinch Me! I can’t believe what they said about my empowering children’s fantasy adventure.


REVIEWS Song Bird Superhero

‘A sweet empowering story about being bullied and believing in yourself.

Can Rosie and her friend Amy, get super powers from singing, science and self-belief ?

An inspiring read by a great Australian author. ‘ — Disney Princess magazine


‘An imaginative tale that flies high.

Uplifting work about conquering bullies and staying true to oneself.’ — Kirkus Review


‘In a world where Super Girl and Wonder Woman are real, Rosella ‘Rosie’ Bird dreams of being able to fly.
Unfortunately, a series of dangerous engineering failures has left her parents less than supportive and with her bully neighbor Frank contriving to make her life miserable, Rosie feels attacked on all fronts.

Only her love of singing sustains her – and that is where the fun begins.’ — Buzz Words

Themes: friendship, bullies, self-esteem, resilience, disability, girl power, STEM science.

Fan Girl loves Song Bird Superhero

Fan Girl loves Song Bird Superhero

KID Reviews Song Bird Superhero

‘You HAVE to read this! I loved how the superhero had to discover her superpowers and learn how to use them, instead of just knowing straightaway.’ – 9 year-old

‘Real page turner’ – Charlotte: 11 year-old

I love the main character, Rosella Bird. I share many things, my love of science, my bold personality and even the occasional meanie at school.’Alison’s daughter

Mighty Girls love Song Bird

Mighty Girls love Song Bird Superhero

#12 Amazon Reviews HERE

#42 Goodreads Reviews 

Magazine Features

Touchstone magazine (disability) interviewed me about why I created Amy Hillcrest, science and engineering genius side-kick character who is wheelchair bound. HERE.

TOP Interviews for Song Bird

FROM Bullied teacher to Empowerment Author at Readilearn Zine

How to Write a Superhero Story Alison Stegert

SUPER DEAL … Special Offer

To celebrate my reviews, I offer Song Bird Superhero at a SUPER price AND Free postage anywhere in Australia. HERE.

Be Quick!  Seven days only and RRP will return back to normal.

Which Review OR Interview resonates with you the most?

WHY are superheroes important to us all?

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Inspirational Magazine Features Song Bird Superhero


Inspirational magazine, Touchstone features my book Song Bird Superhero.

Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell (that’s me) features twelve-year-old Amy with cerebral palsy. Amy is best friend and trusted side-kick of superhero Song Bird! Together they battle evil, adversity and bullying through singing, science and self-belief. Amy empowers herself using her mathematical and science brain, inventing new gadgets for her wheelchair to support Song Bird.


Which inspirational magazine interviewed me?

Inspirational magazine, Touchstone published by Cerebral Palsy League, CPL interviewed me about my inspiration behind Song Bird Superhero. Their motto is Choice, Passion, Life. My story Bringing Superheroes to Life headlines on the cover of Touchstone magazine, Autumn 2017.

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Why did Karen Tyrrell create a character with Cerebral Palsy?

I’m an award-winning Brisbane children’s author. I present story-telling, pantomimes and creative writing in schools. I’m an ex-school teacher and have taught many children with disabilities. One little boy I taught was the inspiration for my side-kick character, Amy. He loved designing things and was the Maths and Science genius of my class, he just happened to be in a wheelchair.

I’m a survivor of bullying which eventually resulted with a mental illness (I’ve been well for 10 years). I talk to children about disabilities, diversity and breaking stereotypes. I teach children how to become strong and resilient.

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Why is Reading so important?

 Reading develops the mind of children, improving their language skills, igniting their imaginations and helping them to learn about the world around them.

Here’s an excerpt from Song Bird Superhero!

Amy scooted around me. ‘Why don’t you practise flying in your costume?’

‘Great idea.’ I started singing ♫ ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ ♫ and suddenly I was floating up into the air. The rotors vibrated under my hands and feet, but I didn’t know how to steer them. I flapped my arms fast. I smashed against one wall and bounced off another, and another, like a human ping-pong ball.


Sing smooth, sing smooth, I told myself.

With a bit more practice, I was able to glide around the living room and into the family room with outstretched arms. I COULD DO IT! My heart sang. I’d never felt so free, so totally me.

Amy clapped and cheered. She opened the sliding door that led to the backyard. ‘Now go outside,’ she said. ‘Go on, I double-dare you.’

But what about Frank, the bully next door? I sucked in a deep breath and headed outside. I zoomed around the backyard, my body streamlined like a torpedo, hands by my side, feet together. I felt sensational as I flew around, creating my own wind.

The bushes behind the fence rustled. Frank yelled, screamed and stamped his feet.  ‘I’m going to get you.’

He knew!”

What other books have you written?

STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the BLAH, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra … Jo-Kin Battles the It.

I write books for kids on empowerment, self-confidence and being kind to others.

Song Bird 2 comes out SOON!

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Where can families buy Song Bird Superhero?

To celebrate this magazine feature,  I offer a signed copy of Song Bird Superhero at a special discount price with FREE postage in Australia from my website:

Simply click on the Pay Now button for the special discount. Available NOW.

For overseas friends, Song Bird is available on Amazon HERE …  Song Bird Superhero

Happy Reading … Karen Tyrrell 🙂

Do my superheroes, Rosie and Amy inspire you to live strong?

How can we empower Kids with disabilities?

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Sponsorship Funds for my Next Book

sponsored-sliderWOOHOO! I, Karen Tyrrell, won a sponsorship for an upcoming writing project for the community.

I’ve waited and waited for this news for over a month. I can’t believe I actually did it!

As an award winner author, teacher and speaker, I’m thrilled and proud to be sponsored to create an empowering children’s book. I’m very passionate about the subject matter and how it will support children and families.


What other Grants have I won?

I won three RADF grants.

One for the production of Alzheimer’s picture book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. Its endorsed by Alzheimer’s Australia, Arts Queensland and Logan City Council.

sponsorshipAnother grant for the editing of my award winning mental health recovery memoir, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness. Its about me, a bullied teacher and my recovery from bullying and PTSD.

And one to complete  Year of the Edit writing course at Queensland Writers Centre to maximize my writing skills.

I shared my experiences and knowledge by presenting seminars on Getting Grants at Logan Art Gallery, Moreton Bay Libraries and Write Links.

What does my Sponsorship mean?

An important organization will proudly sponsor my book with funds and their support to help me share it to the community. So far, I’ve achieved Stage #1 of my goal.

Now, I will take this sponsorship to apply for a grant for the remainder of the production  and marketing costs, Stage #2.

Who will benefit from my Project?

Children, families, teachers, migrants, refugees, schools, pre-schools and the community.


What’s your Project about?

It’s much too early to spill the beans. As soon as I receive the grant funds I will share all the details including my team of creative people and all project stakeholders. I promise!

Please WATCH THIS SPACE … and thank you 🙂

Thanks so everyone who supported my book this far. You know who you are. Hugs. xx

Can you please, please cross your fingers for me?

Who is excited as I am?

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Disney Princess Magazine Reviews Song Bird Superhero

 Disney Princess Reviews Song Bird SuperheroDisney Princess Magazine reviewed my empowering children’s book Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell.

(That’s me: kids empowerment author, speaker and school teacher!)

OMG! I can’t believe it!! Song Bird Superhero shares the magazine with all my favourite Disney characters: Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Belle and MORE.  I’m inspired by Walt Disney …

‘All our DREAMS can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’- Walt Disney.


WOOHOO!  Disney reviews Song Bird Superhero on the Princess Gems page where they shared “sparkly BOOK treasures.”

Princess Gems

There, Disney Princess reviewed books from well-loved children’s authors and illustrators. Three of these authors  happen to be my dear writer friends. 🙂

What is Song Bird Superhero about?

Song Bird Superhero empowers girls with the story of a bullied girl, Rosella Ava Bird who finds her superpowers from singing, science and believing in herself.

Song Bird Superhero is #1 in the Song Bird series.  #2 book is coming SOON!

 Disney Princess Reviews Song Bird Superhero

What did Disney say about Song Bird Superhero ?

A sweet empowering story about being bullied and believing in yourself. Science-mad Rosie is having a tough time – Her inventions keep crashing, she’s banned from the science fair and her nasty neighbor is bullying her.

Can her friend Amy, along with singing, science and self belief give her super powers?

An inspiring read by a great Australian author.  🙂

 Disney Princess Reviews Song Bird Superhero

Get your copy of Disney Princess ISS #88 for the full story …

Disney Princess magazine is jam-packed with entertaining and educational stories, puzzles, craft, cooking, games, quizzes and colouring-in activities. Plus reviews of books kids will LOVE.

Grab your copy at newsagents and supermarkets.

To celebrate, I offer Song Bird Superhero at SUPER discount!

Buy your copy of  Song Bird Superhero


I’m incredibly gob-smacked with this review and appearing in Disney Princess magazine with my fellow authors. It IS a dream come true !!

 What do you like about Song Bird’s review?

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Supanova Gold Coast Showcases Superhero books

Supanova Gold CoastSupanova Gold Coast will host Karen Tyrrells empowering Superhero books for kids. (That’s me.)

My empowering superhero books include Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra & Jo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids series).  Power packed with bully prevention, self-belief and perseverance messages.

 I’m so fired-up, I could explode into a zillion stars!

Supanova fans: Assemble your geek squad!

Supanova Gold Coast 2017 is coming! Jam-packed with scifi and fantasy superheroes from the screen and your imagination!

I’m SUPA excited to launch my empowering superhero books at Supanova Gold Coast.

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Song Bird at Supanova Brisbane 2016

 What’s SUPA about Song Bird Superhero?

Song Bird Superhero presents a female superhero for girls 6-12. Song Bird AKA Rosella Ava Bird battles Frank Furter, bully, evil child genius and mad scientist.

Song Bird inspires us to believe in ourselves … and fly high.

Karen Tyrrell and hubby Steve, will dress in cosplay. Me as Song Bird Superhero. Steve’s will cosplay a NEW character from Song Bird 2. TBA.

All Song Bird Superhero books will be signed with a certified Song Bird stamp.

Super Space Kids at Supanova

Super Space Kids at Supanova

 What’s SUPA about Jo-Kin, Super Space Kid?

Jo-Kin nerdy space hero AKA Joshua Atkins and the Super Space kids must save the galaxy from IT (in Jo-Kin Battles the It)

And they must save the galaxy from LORD TERRA (in Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra)

Can Jo-Kin defeat the IT and Lord Terra?

 MEET SUPA Stars at Supanova Gold Coast

Meet Sean Astin

Sean Astin starred as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His role epitomizes hope, determination and loyalty.

David Boreanaz starred as Angel in Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Marie Avgeropoulos starred as Octavia Blake in the  post-apocalyptic drama series The 100.


Supanova Gold Coast is FREE for kids under 12 accompanied by a paying adult.


HOW do you Book for Supanova Gold Coast?

Tickets for Supanova Gold Coast are on sale NOW!
Buy your tickets ONLINE.

Where will you find me at Supanova Gold Coast 21-23 April?

Go to Artists Alley at Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre,

Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218.

Fri 21 April 5-9 pm AND  Sat & Sun 10-6 pm

Follow Karen Tyrrell: Song Bird Superhero & Jo-Kin on social media




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Song Bird Superhero & Jo-Kin at SUPA prices

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SUPA OFFER = #1 Book for $15

                              #3 Books for $30  …  Supanova ONLY

WHO’s going to Supanova Gold Coast?

Please RSVP to my Facebook Event HERE

I can’t wait to meet you. 🙂

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Allison Paterson and her NEW book Shearing Time

3600_Allison-PAterson-WOIGMEET Allison Paterson and her NEW picture book Shearing Time

Allison Paterson writes as a children’s author, school librarian, and winner of a 2017 May Gibbs Fellowship. I met Allison at the recent Romancing the Stars event on the Sunshine Coast where we both were author STARS for the night.

On 1st March, Allison launched her picture book Shearing Time, illustrated by Shane McGrath.

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Shearing Time by Allison Paterson

Karen Tyrrell (that’s me) interviews Allison on How & Why she published Shearing Time

Q: Allison, tell me about yourself and why you write Australian history books for kids.

A: I grew up on a farm surrounded by sheep, dogs and chooks. I spent many years as a teacher librarian and I am now an author. My first book for children was the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front. It is the younger reader’s version of Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars, a true account of her ancestors’ service during WWI and based on a collection of over 500 letters my grandfather and his four brothers sent to their family. Then came Granny’s Place, a delightful picture book that explores the past and was inspired by my grandparents and childhood adventures on their farm.

Q. What is Shearing Time about?

A: Shearing Time is a companion tale to Granny’s Place and is loads of fun with cantankerous sheep, daring dogs, a shed of shearers that rumbles with the racket and a country kitchen that opens the door on the life of a country kid! It’s based on childhood memories of my favourite time of the year – Shearing Time – when the whole family worked together to get the job done!

Allison Paterson

Q. How did you publish Shearing Time?

A: Shearing Time is my fourth book published by the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing.

Q: Finally, can you share three of your publishing tips?

  • Persevere – believe in your work and surround yourself by people who believe in you.
  • My stories are set in the past and my reading choices are often historical fiction and non-fiction – write what you know and love to read yourself.
  • Plan, plan and plan – be organised!

Book Giveaway… Shearing Time by Allison Paterson WINNER BELOW

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Shearing Time by Allison Paterson

 Allison Paterson is giving away a FREE signed copy of Shearing Time.  Thanks for leaving a comment below on my website for a chance to win a print copy.

And the Winner is Jacqui Halpin 🙂

 THANKS for Commenting below for a chance to win … LIKE, Tweet, Google + Share on Facebook.


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Edit your Book 10 Steps to PERFECTION


Edit your Book: 10 STEPS to PERFECTION

YIPEE! Kai-ay!

I, Karen Tyrrell,  finished #9 critical steps in editing her action-packed children’s superhero novel, Song Bird 2.

This week, Song Bird 2 zoomed off to its crucial #10 step. Astute editing will transform it for publishing.

Why Edit your Book?

Editing polishes your writing until it sparkles and shines with the gloss of a professional. A polished piece of writing hooks a reader from the beginning, gripping them to the very last word. Thorough editing maximizes your chances of publishing. So your book rockets out to the world.

10 STEPS to Edit your Book

  1. Write the very BEST story you can. Create a page turning, intriguing story with compelling characters the reader really cares about. Hook the reader in on every page.
  2. Read your story out aloud to pick up any mistakes and flaws.

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Examine the overall structure of your story. Answer these questions.

**Does your story flow and make sense?

**First sentence: Is your first sentence powerful, hooking the reader in?

**First page: Does your first page anchor and orientate the Reader to the setting, the main character and the problem, hooking us even more? Does the first page set up the story and the conflict? VITAL: Do you care about the main character?

**Overall story arc: Does the story build up to a climax?

**Ending: Is the ending satisfying to the reader? Are all the questions answered and resolved?

**Are the story events sequenced logically? What’s missing from the story?

  1. Join a critique group, preferably one who meets face-to-face. Learn how to critique so you can critique writer’s manuscripts in exchange for yours. I recommend joining Write Links, if you write books for children.
  2. Submit your manuscript, in chapters to your critique group.
  3. Rewrite your manuscript several times, using positive feedback and suggestions from your Crit Buddies.
  4. Ask Beta readers (your most valued Crit Buddies) to read your entire manuscript and offer suggestions for improvement via comment boxes, concentrating on perfecting the structure. Rewrite again … and again.
  5. LINE EDIT your manuscript against a VIP list to improve each line

**Eliminate unnecessary modifiers which weaken your sentence i.e. possibly, simply, really, totally, very, supposedly, seriously, terribly, kind of, usually, extremely, almost, mostly, practically, probably, and quite.

Search for extraneous that’s and ands. Either delete or rephrase the sentence.

Eliminate all clichés. Replace with powerful prose or original metaphors and similes.

Replace repeated words and phrases with a different word for variety.

Check each sentence makes sense, taking the story forward. Delete unnecessary sentences.

Examine tenses and overall sentence structure is grammatically correct.

**Rewrite, rephrase, reconfigure. The more times you rewrite your sentences, the sharper they’ll become.

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  1. WORD EDIT your manuscript against this VIP list to improve the vocabulary.

Replace boring verbs e.g. get, give, sat, say, see, stood, use, want, walk with words and phrases that have energy

Swap lazy adjectives with better word picture and metaphors. e.g. easy, nice, interesting, wonderful, big, fine, bad, exciting, good, little, strange.

Delete adverbs ending in ly unless they change the way the verb behaves e.g. whispered loudly = OK but whispered softy = no-no.

Remove all unnecessary or overused words e.g. that, very, just, because, then etc

Amp every verb and noun to the MAX, to the strongest they can be.

Check spelling using spellcheck or a dictionary/ thesaurus

  1. Send your manuscript to the very best editor you can afford. I recommend a structural edit as well as a line edit to amp up your manuscript for SUPER success.

editingtypesHow did I, Karen Tyrrell edit my published books?

I joined a Brisbane face-to-face critique group for children’s writers Write Links. Each month I submit 2-3 chapters for critique and feedback. Then I rewrite them until they shine.

After 3 or 4 drafts, I sent my manuscript to three trusted Beta Readers … and followed ALL the steps above.

So far, I’ve successfully edited and published eight award-winning books to empower available from Amazon and book shops. I published Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird #1) in September 2016. Check out the reviews. HERE



Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird #1)

YIPPEE! This week I sent my action-packed children’s novel, Song Bird 2 to my professional editor (who’s ex-Penguin and ex-Scholastic) via Book Cover Cafe  for a final comprehensive edit.

I can’t wait to announce my new book title and cover. I’m bursting with excitement 🙂 🙂

How do you edit YOUR book? … What do you recommend?

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Memoir Masterclass Write & Publish

Write & Publish a Memoir orange purpleWrite & Publish a Memoir Masterclass

Want to write the story of your life?

Your own personal story to inspire the world?

Join me, Karen Tyrrell, award winning memoir author and writing teacher.

Memoir Workshop River City Writers Conference

Memoir Workshop River City Writers Conference

COME to Write & Publish a Memoir Masterclass

I share my step by step guide in writing and publishing a page-turning memoir.

I will guide you on how to write your memoir to hook in your reader.

I’ve published two successful memoirs.

Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness narrates a teacher’s survival from parent-teacher bullying and PTSD.

Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery shows how I came ‘back from insanity’ . It reveals the dreaded secrets my husband concealed from me.

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My memoirs won three awards, three literary grants and a mentorship with the Society of Editors.

Plus they won *5 STAR reviews.


Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness
‘Make a great movie! Very well edited book – Well done!’ – ABC Radio: Hewson

Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery is a practical framework of experience wrapped around an inspirational story of struggle and success.’
Richard Nelson, CEO Queensland Alliance Mental Health

What’s my Qualifications a Memoir Masterclass?

I’m an award-winning author, experienced teacher, writing tutor and workshop presenter. I presented Memoir workshops for Queensland Writers Centre at Brisbane City Libraries. And, I presented Memoir workshops at Toowoomba Writers Festival, River City Writers  Conference and Logan City Libraries. I’ve presented four Book Marketing Masterclasses in Brisbane.

Write & Publish a Memoir at Logan North Library

Write & Publish a Memoir at Logan North Library


Excellent presentation! Practical and realistic advice as to what steps are required to get published.     If I was you, I’d now add ‘Writing Coach’ to your title”Wendy Millgate: Editor Wendy & Words

Program: Write & Publish a Memoir Masterclass

  1. Step by step guide to Write & Publish a Memoir
  2. Interactive Memoir writing activities to improve memoir writing skills.
  3. Critiquing session:  Tips and strategies on how to critique a memoir.
  4. Critique the first page of your memoir in small groups, following guidelines.
  5. Create a memoir networking group to support and critique each other’s writing.

Memoir Masterclass

Write & Publish a Memoir Masterclass

WHERE:  Springwood Community Centre
Cnr Cinderella & Vanessa Blvd Springwood
WHEN: Saturday 25th March 9-1 pm
Morning tea & lunch provided

SEATS LIMITED:  20 seats only … Book Today

COST:  $49

BOOKINGS essential on PayPal button at the bottom of this blog.

Please RSVP to event: Write & Publish a Memoir on Facebook  HERE

Are you coming along to my Memoir Masterclass?

Please tell all your friends and networks
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Memoir Masterclass 2017

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School Connects with Authors for Literacy


School connects with Authors for literacy, naming class 5/6 Tyrrell after me, Karen Tyrrell author. I’m so buzzed and humbled that a primary school chose me to be part of a powerful strategy.

Principal of Fairvale Public School hopes class 5/6 Tyrrell will “fall in love” with me as an author, my books, my characters and my settings.

Anthony Pitt, principal wants to reinvent children’s love of books and authors, improve literacy levels and the number of books borrowed from the school library. He hopes to achieve this by connecting children directly with Australian authors.

Anthony and I enjoy a special connection already, with me having taught Anthony as his Kindergarten teacher. (Please don’t do the maths, lol) In 2014, he searched for me via Facebook.

In 2015, Anthony  presented interactive Author talks to Fairvale Public School wearing my Super Space Kids costume sharing my children’s books.

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Karen Tyrrell performing her author talk at Fairvale Public School

In 2016, I was key-note speaker at Anthony’s Sydney West Resilience & Well-Being Conference. I’m a survivor of parent teacher bullying and PTSD.  I presented the opening power-point talk, two interactive well-being workshops and spoke on the psychology panel.


Sydney  Resilience & Well-being Conference

In 2017, I will connect with Class 5/6 Tyrrell as their author. This poster, about me Karen Tyrrell author is displayed in their classroom. I love the Oz Author quote in the left corner “Putting Australian Talent in the Spotlight.”

5 6 TyrrellV2I interviewed Anthony Pitt on his initiative …

Q. How does your school connect with authors?

A. All our classes are named after an Australian author so children can study an author and their books in-depth. Where possible, classes may connect their author using social media.

Reason for authors: I want kids to fall in ‘love’ with authors; the characters and settings they create etc. I want kids to be able to talk about Aussie authors.

 Q. What literacy programs are in your school?

Literacy is a big part of the day in all our classrooms with 2 literacy programs at our school. We have L3 (Language, Learning and Literacy) in K-2 classrooms and Focus on Reading in 3-6 classrooms. Both literacy programs focus on understanding texts as a reader and understanding why the author chose a particular setting, character, ending etc.

Q. Who are the authors involved? … How did you select them?

We have 25 authors. I believe it is important to acknowledge home-grown talent, so all of our authors (well there’s a few exceptions) are Australian. We have a diverse group – many are well-known, some are fairly new and we have a few that have been writing books for a really long time. Our school librarian, Mrs Orwin, was of great assistance. She collated a list of authors and books available in the school library to borrow.

Authors include Jackie French, Leigh Hobbs, Shaun Tan, Roland Harvey, Emily Rodda, Sally Morgan, Paul Jennings, Colin Thiele, Anh Do, Bronwyn Bancroft and MANY more . 🙂


Anthony Pitt, Principal, me … and teacher David Kinniburgh who I taught as well.

Q. How will authors and students connect to improve literacy?

I think this will be up to each classroom teacher. I also think the children will really enjoy learning more about their author and the books they have written. Hopefully this gives the children are real purpose during reading and writing lessons.

Q. What do you hope to achieve?

That all children will connect with at least one Australian author. Wouldn’t it be great if by the end of 2017, 635 children have a connection with their chosen author?

More importantly, it might instill a new love of literature and encourage children to find out more about their author and many others too.

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In 2015, I met Class 4B and Miss Jojic in person and communicated on their web page.

What are the merits of this “school connection with authors” initiative?

 Would your school connect with Authors ?

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