School visits, author talks & writing workshops
Hi, I'm Kirsty.
I’m on a mission to encourage students to create not just consume, choose action over distraction, and to read not just view. I share with them the tools and processes that will help them put these ideals into practice, showing them how to use story to improve their own writing.
Over the last ten years I have delivered author talks, writing workshops, residencies and keynotes at schools, writing festivals, and other venues, to audiences ranging from 4 to 1500, Australia-wide.
I aim to engage.
Even large audiences are active participants in my presentations, using their creative thinking. My talks and workshops are vibrant, authentic and inspiring. I love this part of being an author and I feel very alive while I’m doing it.
Students are already storytellers.
Storytelling is an essential life skill.
And one of the most important stories we’ll ever tell is our own.
I often share parts of my journey in my presentations, including how I went from being raised in tough circumstances by a farming single mother to working at the Bank of England in London; to surfing my way around Australia and living out of a car while I first tried to write, working in kitchens and as a personal trainer; what I learned along the way to getting published, and how important failure was in that learning.
In sharing this, I encourage students to analyse the story, reflecting on their own story, their voice and unique perspective.
Sessions are crafted to your specific needs.
I am experienced, but I keep things fresh.
It is a privilege for me to be able to do this, and my speaking work reflects my ideals of authenticity, sharing and creativity.
Some of the schools I have worked with include: Pittwater House, St Luke’s Dee Why, Abbotsleigh, Mackillop Catholic College, All Saints Bathurst, Davidson High, Cherrybrook THS, Ascham, Normanhurst Boys, Hornsby Girls, St Paul’s Grammar, Shore, Coonabarabran High, Newington College and Strathfield Girls.
I am proud to be an ambassador for the Stella Schools Program.
Some of my topics include:
I can deliver presentations remotely:
Using Zoom, Skype, YouTube, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.
To book me:
P.O. Box 580, South Yarra VIC 3141
PH: (03) 9824 0177
Please note: If you have never booked a speaker for your school or organisation before, don’t worry – they will step you through the whole process and be an absolute pleasure to deal with :)