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

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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.

Super Space Kid Captain Astra

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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Logan Artworkers Networking Event: How to Source funding

Grant FundingLogan Artworkers: come to a networking event. Find out how to source funding.

I, Karen Tyrrell author will speak on how I won three RADF grants for different projects.

I won a major RADF grant to publish my picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember . Harry is about a little boy who won’t give up helping his grandpa remember. It’s endorsed by Alzheimer’s Australia.

Karen Tyrrell with Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Karen Tyrrell with Harry Helps Grandpa Remember WINNER of a RADF grant.

 I share my grant funding tips and strategies using a Power point presentation.

If you are interested, apply for a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). This event will particularly interest you.

Logan Artworkers Networking Event: How to Source funding.

WHERE: Logan Art Gallery, Cnr Jacaranda & Wembly Rd, Logan Central.

WHEN: Saturday 11 February, 2pm to 4pm.

WHO: Anyone can attend. You don’t need to be a resident of Logan.

WHAT: Light refreshments will be served. Please book by Thursday 9 February.

BOOK either by or phone 3412 5519.

  • Find out what funding opportunities are available.
  • Give yourself the best chance of winning that grant.
RADF: Logan City Council and Arts Queensland

RADF: Logan City Council and Arts Queensland


Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support arts and culture in regional Queensland.

 WHO will come along on 11 February?

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Speed Date at Romancing the Stars

speed dateSpeed Date me, Karen Tyrrell award winning author, at Romancing the Stars gala event.

JOIN the razzle dazzle of Romancing the Stars and MEET me face-to-face. I’m presenting my children’s books, revealing my writing passion.

This is the MOST exciting night in my author diary this year! I’m gobsmacked I’m billed with Queensland’s TOP authors .. I get to meet Authors of my dreams.  🙂

Karen Tyrrell at Romancing the Stars 2016

Karen Tyrrell POP UP author at Romancing the Stars 2016

HEAR about my empowering children’s books Bailey Beats the BLAH  and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and STOP the Bully with logos of support from Kids Helpline and Arts Queensland.

 LEARN how kids can embrace their inner superhero with Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra  and Jo-Kin Battles the It.


I’m thrilled Book Links chose me to be one of their shining author stars…

MEET Queensland’s top authors and illustrators at three Romancing the Stars events this year!  Speed date Australia’s best, and South East Queensland local, children’s and YA authors and illustrators to discover what books they created!

Speed Date at Brisbane

DATE: Thursday 23rd February, 2017 …Starts 6.30pm.

VENUE: Nudgee College, D J Hanly Learning Centre Forecourt, 2199 Sandgate Rd, Boondall

COST: $25 Book Links members, $35 non-members

Discover what books our local authors and illustrators have been creating for children and young adults. Find out how to play Story Sports with Brian Falkner. Speed date 20 local stars and meet others informally. Great food and drinks. View and buy books and illustrations. Raffle and quiz competition.

MEET: Amanda Francey, Ann-Marie Finn, Ben Long, Brian Falkner, Cori Brooke, Dave Lowe, Glen Singleton, Johnathan Bentley, Kathleen Jennings, Karen Collum, Karen Foxlee, Lynette Noni, Megan Forward, Michael Gerard Bauer, Muza Ulasowski, Pamela Rushby, Rebecca Johnson, Richard Yaxley, Samantha Wheeler, Terry Whidborne

MC: Josie Montano

Bookings taken up to one week prior to event via Trybooking.

Speed date at Brisbane 2016

Speed date at Brisbane 2016

Speed date at Gold Coast

DATE:  Friday 17th February, 2017… Starts 6.30pm.

VENUE: All Saints Anglican School, Highfield Drive, Merrimac

COST: $25 Book Links members, $35 non-members

Discover what books our local authors and illustrators have been creating for children and young adults . Find out how to play Story Sports with Brian Falkner.

Speed date 20 local stars and meet others informally. Great food and drinks. View and buy books and illustrations. Raffle and quiz competition.

MEET: Andrew King, Angela Sunde, Brian Falkner, Candice Lemon-Scott, Chris Bongers, David Lovegrove, Dimity Powell, James Moloney, Kerry Brown, Kim Michelle Toft, Lachlan Creagh, Lance Balchin, Lucia Masciullo, Natalie Jane Prior, Nette Hilton, Nick Earls, Rebecca Johnson, Tamsin Ainslie, Terry Whidborne, Tristan Bancks

MC: Professor Francesca Falconette, Harry Potter enthusiast (Nadia Sunde)

Bookings taken up to one week prior to event via Trybooking.

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Speed date at Sunshine Coast

DATE:  Friday 24th February, 2017… Starts: 6.30pm.

VENUE: Immanuel Lutheran College, 126-142 Wises Road, Buderim

Discover what books our local authors and illustrators have been creating for children and young adults. Find out how to play Story Sports with Brian Falkner.

SPEED DATE 20 local stars. Great food and drinks. View and buy books and illustrations. Raffle and quiz competition.

MEET: Aleesah Darlison, Karen Foxlee, Peter Carnavas, Gregg Dreise, Paul O’Sullivan, Brian Falkner, Gary Crew, Elizabeth Kasmer, Elaine Ouston, Avril Sabine, Louise Guy, Michel Deverall, Paul Hamilton, Shannon Horsfall, Anil Tortop, Yvonne Mes, Helene Magisson, Mark David, *Karen Tyrrell, Allison Paterson

MC: Pat Flynn

Bookings taken up to one week prior to event via Trybooking.

Romancing the STARS event

WHO can you see at Romancing the STARS 2015?

I’d love to speed date you at Romancing the Stars, Sunshine Coast.

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Storytelling Tips to boost Author Events


Storytelling Tips to boost Author events

I LOVE presenting interactive storytelling sessions to children. Watching kids faces light up with delight is the MOST rewarding experience in the world. I’m thrilled to offer engaging storytelling events in schools, pre-schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals.

Meet child empowerment storyteller, Karen Tyrrell (me), author-teacher. I teach kids to live strong, building positive self-esteem and self-belief.

I re-enact my empowering picture books, Bailey Beats the BLAH  and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember with costumes, interaction and fun.

I present imaginative storytelling sessions for my junior novels too. Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, Jo-Kin Battles the It and STOP the Bully offer positive messages of bully prevention, teamwork and self-belief.


Storytelling Tips for Authors

  1. Send a quote for your storytelling session. Consider ASA rates. Work out payment details in advance. Or consider presenting free events in libraries to get your name out there.
  1. Book the session with clear aims on how to make your session captivating and memorable. Request what you need: ample space, a display table, a whiteboard.
  1. Advertise your event with flyers for a library or bookshop session. Create a pro-active Facebook event to invite attendees if it’s a public event.
  1. Work out your exact spiel including introduction, questions, chants, interaction, action, and humour. Ask kids to predict your story at the beginning and react to your story at the end.
  1. Practice speaking, acting and interacting. Dramatize story with voice inflections, whispers, pauses and actions, injecting with enthusiasm and energy. Practice your body language and movements.
  1. Pack your bag in advance including bookmarks, books, costumes, puppets, posters, your banner, a sign-up sheet and a bright cover for the display table.
  1. Wear bright clothing or a book character costume. Consider an eye-catching T-shirt or theme costume, a wig, a silly hat, and your name tag.
  1. Create your own props and ruler puppets to help kids retell the story with key points.
  1. Follow up the dramatic storytelling session with discussion and hands on activities which consolidate your story. Allow time for book signing. Download FREE teaching resources and Free KIDS activities HERE
  1. Finish on a positive note, by requesting feedback. Discuss the next visit with your next book.
Storytelling Tips

Storytelling Song Bird Superhero with William Stimpson School, Wetherill Park Library.

What do my stories teach children?

Bailey Beats the BLAH boosts self-esteem, emotional awareness and coping skills to overcome anxiety (worry thoughts) depression (sad days). And how to cope with change!

Song Bird Superhero and STOP the Bully teach bully prevention skills, self-belief and the power of humour.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember boosts kid’s relationships with grandparents and awareness of memory loss. Harry teaches kids memory skills and coping skills for brain health.


STOP the Bully at Beenleigh High school

I share very exciting news with you…

** Special Opportunity**

  1. Thank you universe... During 2017, I, Karen Tyrrell,  early childhood Teacher and author will be author-in-residence storyteller at a local pre-school, sharing my picture books Bailey Beats the BLAH and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember to three and four year olds.    I will also read 18 extra picture books by respected Australian children’s authors with appropriate texts and concepts for 3 & 4 year olds.
  2. If you want me to read and promote your picture book, please register your name and book for consideration in the comment boxes below. If your book is suitable, I will request you to post or lend it to me. I will submit each book and themes in advance to become part of their student learning program, promote each book, take photos etc. Please stay tuned for photos after each event. Do you have any questions?
  3. MORE NEWS … I’m now a team author member of Greenleaf Press, as child empowerment storyteller and speaker at schools.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember at Mad Hatters Bookshop.

How do YOU present YOUR storytelling sessions?

What storytelling tips would you like to share?

Tell me about your picture book and why it would be suitable for storytelling.

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Book Marketing Masterclass Jan 28

banner6bmmBook Marketing Masterclass Jan 28

Publish, promote and distribute your books to the world!

I’ll teach you how to market your books, and maximize your author income. I’ll guide you how to increase  your book sales and widen your book distribution.


Come to Book Marketing Masterclass Jan 28

Join award winning author teacher Karen Tyrrell as I share my marketing secrets. I’ll guide you every step of the way. I’ll teach you how to promote, sell and distribute your book to the world with a pro-active marketing plan.

My eight award winning books are available at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Riverbend, Mary Ryans, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple and many, many more.

Books avaialble at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans & MORE

Books available at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Riverbend, Mary Ryans & MORE

What topics are included in Book Marketing Masterclass Jan 28 ?

  1. Book marketing and author platform.
  2. Website SEO and  social media influence.
  3. Book launches, book reviews, blog tours, media releases.
  4. Book sales and book distribution to book shops, schools and libraries.
  5. Author income – How to Maximize your author income.

Who will present Book Marketing Masterclass Jan 28?

Karen Tyrrell is a Brisbane triple award winning author and publisher of eight books, key-note speaker, storyteller, pantomimer and workshop presenter.

Karen empowers adults with her resilience books:  ME & HER: A Memoir of MadnessMe & Him: A Guide to Recovery.


And children with: STOP the Bully   Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Book Marketing Masterclass

Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin Battles the It , Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra .

Book Marketing Masterclass 2017

Karen Tyrrell presents writing talks at Queensland Writers Centre,  Moreton Bay Libraries,  CYA Conference, Gold Coast Writers Festival, Brisbane City Libraries, Toowoomba Writers Festival, River City Writers Conference, Write Links, schools, libraries and festivals.

Karen talks on TV and radio.  She won three grants, three awards, a mentorship with Society of Editors  plus hundreds of *5 STAR reviews.  Find out more about Karen HERE

Testimonials on Book Marketing Masterclass

“Awesome masterclass, Karen. So pleased I was able to attend”– Muza Ulasowski

‘I really liked the detailed information given throughout the workshop. Not only about marketing. But also about creating distribution processes  for books.’– Kate-Lyn Kelsen

‘I liked the easy to understand explanations, comraderie and experiences shared.’ — Jennifer Lancaster.

Book Marketing Masterclass 28 Jan

WHEN: Saturday 28th  January 9 am to 12.30 pm.

WHERE:  Logan East Community Centre.

55 Cinderella Drive (Cnr Vanessa Blvd) Springwood.

Near Springwood Bus station, bus 555.

COST: $54 -$59 Includes a yummy morning tea, lunch, drinks and a FREE book marketing  booklet.

Early Bird discount if you book early.



HALF day Master class ONLY $54- $59

Let 2017 be the year you get your book out to the world!

Seats will Go FAST!

RSVP to the Facebook event HERE

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2017 How to Make it Your Year


2017 is going to be MY year!… I’m setting Achievable Goals for 2017: Guaranteed for success!

As a resilience author – teacher – speaker (Karen Tyrrell) I’m aiming HIGH determined to attain my goals and dreams! My passions for writing, speaking and resilience will drive me in 2017.

I’m creating my own luck and capitalizing on every opportunity presented to me.
With determination, I’m planning ahead every step of the way, setting realistic, achievable goals.


No Pie in the Sky dreams in 2017 for me

I’m focusing on my achievable goals and what I can accomplish and the practical steps to reach there. It’s time to reset my targets, as the New Year comes hurtling towards me.
My wish is to make 2017 my MOST memorable year, one to be proud of.

What’s your Main Goal in 2017?

Squeeze your eyes shut and visualize your Big Picture for 2016.
Which goal drives you the most? What do you want to achieve above everything else?


Concentrate on your main goal FIRST…

Now set practical mini-goals you can complete in three months or less.
Your brain will react to genuine personal goals that are S.M.A.R.T.

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Display your goals at eye level as a constant reminder and incentive … on a whiteboard or vision board above your computer … and/or on your fridge.

Aim High in 2017…

3 MONTH GOALS for Writing Success

  1. Write every day with passion and conviction … Everything else will follow.
  2. Rewrite & Redraft every writing project you’ve created to the HIGHEST publishing standard possible.
  3. Send away completed projects to writing competitions, critiquers, Beta readers or to editors.
  4. Follow up on VIP emails … Take advantage of every constructive opportunity presented to you
  5. Extend your writers platform, reaching out to your community: face-to-face and online.
  6. RESEARCH … RESEARCH … RESEARCH every writing project, every opportunity that ignites your interest. Understand how the publishing industry works from the inside out.
  7. Join a pro-active writing group or sign up to a writing course that will assist you achieve your goals.
  8. Network and Critique with writers who have a similar passion to you. Create pro-active partnerships.
  9. Be creative … envisage a brand new project that excites you.
  10. Tick off every success along the way!

I’m so proud of where I’m come from as a bullied teacher… Parents at my school harassed me to breaking point, triggering mental illness within me… Now I’m the recovered author of eight published resilience books … More Here

My Personal Goals for 2017

  1. Publish a new action-packed book for children in 2017 that will excite, entertain and empower kids to live strong. This is my MAIN goal and what drives me.
  2. Spread positive resilience messages via my published books at Digital Future Press. Share positive messages at my speaking events, writing workshops, author talks, storytelling, incorporating humor as a coping skill.


ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness

Me & HIM: A Guide to Recovery


STOP the Bully

Bailey Beats the Blah

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Jo-Kin Battles the It

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Song Bird Superhero

 3. Mentor writers to achieve their writing and publishing goals through my Book Marketing Masterclass on Jan 28 and writing workshops.

4. Share my books to a wider audience including MORE schools, MORE libraries, MORE bookshops and MORE networks.

5.Present MORE writing workshops and speaking events in 2017

6. Maintain my OPTIMUM happiness, health and life balance. This MUST be my #1 PRIORITY.



  1. Write every day: 365 days a year.
  2. List attainable goals that I CAN achieve for each day.
  3. Tick boxes [  ] on my diary page, a visual reminder of every SUCCESS.
  4. Congratulate myself on every success along the way.

Meanwhile, I’m setting all those positive Goals in Motion, aiming Sky High, ready for whatever the cosmic forces decide … Please Universe, be kind!

NEWS: I’ll be announcing exciting News in the next few weeks … Please stay tuned 🙂

Wishing you all a VERY happy, healthy and SUCCESSFUL 2017!

Thanks for your amazing friendship, support and encouragement in 2016.


HOW will you make 2017 YOUR year of success?

What are Your S.M.A.R.T Goals?

I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comment below.

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Giving Thanks for 2016

thankyouI’m celebrating 2016 …

I’m giving thanks to the universe and to everyone who helped me to achieve my writing dreams.

Without you and your kind support, I, Karen Tyrrell could not have achieved what I did.

In 2016, I expanded my goals, incorporating superheroes into my resilience messages to teach kids and families to connect with their inner superhero.

Giving Thanks for NEW Books

In May 2016, I launched my junior fiction, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, my hilarious space adventure with themes of perseverance and teamwork. Jo-Kin is set on Planet Dee-lish-us made entirely of food.

OUT MAY 14 Terra Book

In September, I launched Song Bird Superhero, a junior fiction celebrating the power of self-belief, singing and science. Song Bird celebrates diversity with Rosie’s side-kick, Amy Hillcrest overcoming her disability of Cerebral Palsy. In March 2017, a magazine is featuring a double spread on Song Bird.

Song Bird Superhero launch with Alison & Jacqui

Song Bird Superhero launch with Alison & Jacqui


 Giving thanks for NEW Venues

Throughout the year, I signed books at over 20 book shops including Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans around Brisbane and Sydney. Thanks to the shops who sell my books, some listed HERE

Books avaialble at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans & MORE

Books available at Amazon, Riverbend, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans, Apple & more.

Giving thanks for NEW Events

In 2016, I presented 6 Resilience & Well-being power point talks: to a Sydney West Teacher’s Conference, a CPA conference, a staff training, libraries and more.

I was key note speaker at Sydney Teachers conference on resilience

Key note speaker at a Sydney West Teachers conference on resilience.

resilience talk

I presented 6 Resilience & Well-Being power point talks in 2016

In 2016, I presented over 40 events: including Supanova, Comic Con, writing workshops, author talks, story-tellings, pantomimes or book signings at festivals, schools, libraries and pre-schools.

Gold Coast Writers Festival with Elaine, Angela, Candice, Me, Dimity & Robyn.

Gold Coast Writers Festival with Elaine, Angela, Candice, Me, Dimity & Robyn.

Karen Tyrrell

I presented 5 Bully Prevention talks based on my book STOP the Bully to schools in 2016


Book Marketing Masterclass ... next one 28 Jan 2017

Book Marketing Masterclass 2016 … next one 28 Jan 2017

 What was  the BEST thing about 2016?

 Meeting all the awesome writers, authors, creatives, teachers, colleagues, parents, children, friends I met face to face or online. I was thrilled to make a personal connection with you.

Special thanks to those who made 2016 AWESOME …

 Firstly I’d like to thank Steve Tyrrell for his creativity, insight,  and wide range of skills.

Working with him was so much FUN.

Steve reading Chapter 2 from Song Bird

Steve reading chapter 2, his ‘Guest Chapter’ in Song Bird Superhero.

Giving special thanks to…

In no particular order: Anthony, Penny, Trevor, Alison, Jacqui, Yvonne, Charmaine, Jillanne, Rebecca, Jenny, Jocelyn, Rachelle, Lucy, Megan, June, Justine, Chris, Aleesah, Romi, Jill, Di, Sam, Tammy, Barb, Montana, Belladonna, Cheryl, Lisa, Meg, Lea, Nicky, Norah, Robin, Lurline, Cenly, Sue, Vacen, Dimity, Angela, Candice,  Amanda, Ruth, Karen, Kim, Susan, Tyrion, Georgina, Kate, Claudia, Bel, Toni,  Jeanette, Raelene, Kate, Dannii, and many, many more xxx

HUGS to all my friends, readers, listeners, colleagues and supporters. Thanks so much xxx

giving thanksNEWSFLASH:  I’m announcing some exciting news in my next Blogs … Please stay tuned !!!!

HOW was the year 2016 for you?

What do you give thanks for?

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Meet Logan’s Talented Creatives Dec 11


Meet Logan Creatives – songwriters, artists, musicians, poets and authors. And its FREE!

Meet award winning author Karen Tyrrell (moi) 

I share the highs and lows of my writing and publishing career.  Once I was a bullied teacher who experienced a dramatic breakdown …   Now I’m a resilience author  of eight books which empower adults and kids to live strong .

I’m appearing at the Meet Logan’s talented creatives FREE event with incredible artists, musicians and poets.

★★★★★ Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness

Bullied school teacher is harassed and stalked by parents to breaking point … and Beyond. How does she claw her way back from insanity?


★★★★★ Song Bird Superhero

Children’s book, Song Bird Superhero focuses on bullying and humor. How does Rosella Ava Bird empower herself?

 Karen Tyrrell Raising Super Girls

Karen Tyrrell

Meet Logan Creatives Alison and Grant Strachan

Alison and Grant organized this innovative event as directors of Fringe Art & Culture.  This online group connects creatives to the people of Logan. Alison and Grant will share exciting news with us.

 Meet Logan

Alison & Grant Strachan

Meet Logan Creative: artist Peta Thompson

Peta will reveal the ins and outs of working and using social media to help with your business (creative or not). Peta is a mixed media artist, art teacher, designer and qualified art therapist.

Meet Logan

Peta Thompson

Meet Logan Creative: muso Shaun Diver

Shaun, a local muso just won **1st place** for his original song at the Goodna Jacaranda Festival! He will perform heartfelt lyrics and tunes to keep you entertained.


Shaun Diver

Meet local Creative: Artist OmiLee

Hear from local artist OmiLee as she lets us in on her experiences, her trials and errors emerging into an arts career. How  does she keep momentum as an artist?



Meet Logan Creative: poet Matt Langdon

Meet  Matt (Trucky) Langdon the bush poet. Hear the power of the spoken word as he shares some of his incredible bush poems.

Matt Langdon

Matt Langdon

Meet Logan’s talented creatives!

Join the FUN. Meet the most amazing, talented creative people in Logan. Come along to see their work, pick their brains and revel in their energy!

Learn about more opportunities to interact with Logan’s creatives as Fringe Art & Culture launches its new app… And more to be announced!


FREE Local Creative event This Sunday

WHERE: Toscani’s Café,  restaurant area (near movies)

Hyperdome Shopping Centre,

Pacific Highway & Bryants Road, Loganholme QLD 4129
WHEN: Sunday 11th December 2.30- 4.30pm

RSVP: To this Facebook event

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Winner All of Us Together Book Giveaway

Winner All of Us TogetherWinner: Check out your name below to see if you WON new release: All of us Together.

Its an entertaining children’s novel dealing with challenges a family faces during the Great Depression.

Winner announced at the end of the blog…

Meet Bill Condon, award winning Australian author of All of Us Together.

I , Karen Tyrrell author, interview Bill chatting about  his latest book…

036831-bill-condonQ: What is All of Us Together about?

A: When John O’Casey leaves his family to go in search of work, his wife Margaret is left to raise three young children, Daniel, Adelaide, and Lydia.

Daniel, the eldest, takes on the role of a leader, but as he discovers, it’s hard to be a man, especially for a boy who’s only twelve-years old.

All of Us Together is an entertaining book for children, set in a past era.

Winner All of Us Together

Q: Why did you write a book set in the Depression?

A: The idea for the book was planted in my head as a child when my parents told me about their Depression era experiences. I dutifully listened before filing the information away in the darkest corners of my brain. First I remembered my parent’s stories, then I Googled the Great Depression and read first-hand accounts of others from that time. Slowly I realized that this was something big and important.

Q: What were the difficulties you encountered?

A: When I first tackled the book I wrote it in third person and it didn’t work. So I gave up on it for about six months. This year I had another try, but I changed it to first person. To me, the immediacy of writing in that tense brought the book and its characters to life.

Q: Pretend you’ve just won a major award and you have the opportunity to make a speech thanking those who helped you in your career.

Who would you thank?

A: I thank my wife Di (Dianne Bates) who taught me how to write for kids. I’d mainly written stage plays for adults before meeting Di, and had never even read a children’s book. (I know, shame on me!).

The first publisher who gave me a chance was Cathie Tasker, who published four of my books when she was with Harper Collins. They were small books and certainly not prize contenders, but with them the door to the publishing world was nudged open.

Belinda Bolliger, who was then at Hodder Headline – now called Hachette, published my first young adult novel, Dogs.  Prior to that I’d written mostly short and funny books, as well as  poetry and plays. Dogs was a very different kind of book, often violent and dark. Belinda took a big risk in publishing it. To my great delight and surprise Dogs was named an Honour Book in the CBCA Awards.

My next YA novel was called No Worries. It was about a teenage boy whose mother suffered from manic depression. As with Dogs, it was hard-hitting and confrontational, perhaps too much so for many. Five publishers rejected it before I sent it to Leonie Tyle who was then with Queensland University Press. Leonie accepted it and went on to publish four more of my young adult novels. Whenever I had doubts, Leonie would gently urge me along. She’d send me inspirational quotes about writers. She’d phone me and ask how I was going.  She was unfailingly supportive. And as with Di, Cathie, and Belinda, I’ll always be grateful to her.

Q: What publishing advice would you give to writers?

  • Read work in the same genre you’re writing for.
  • Be part of a small but select writing group.
  • Read your work to others and listen to their advice.
  • Strive for clarity in your writing.

Winner: All of Us Together is available from About Kids Books or from any children’s bookstore.

Bill Condon has had four CBCA short-listed books. In 2010 he won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Junior Fiction.


Winner: Book Giveaway

Who wants to be a winner of a FREE copy of All of us Together?

Leave a comment below. Best answer will win a FREE print copy.

Winner announced HERE on the 12th December. Good luck 🙂  AUS only

Drumroll … and the winner is Ruth Garlick … PS I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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