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School Visits

Karen shares her love of writing and her journey to becoming an author, from her country childhood to her time as a lawyer in the big city to her travels in magical lands.

Kids will be captivated by Karen’s stories about riding a mountain pony across the Himalaya, meeting a real shaman, climbing an ancient glacier with hobnail boots and an icepick, and exploring secret caves. They’ll learn that if you look at the world in a different way, every day can be an adventure.

Contact us to book an ongoing term program, one hour practical writing workshops, 45 minute to one hour stage talks on the magic of writing and the power of creativity, or a full day visit to your school.

‘Karen is an intelligent and inspiring speaker. Her sessions are always fun, informative, and from the heart.’ – Simone Goldrick, Teacher

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Karen is an intelligent and inspiring speaker. Her sessions are always fun, informative, and from the heart.
Simone Goldrick, Teacher

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A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

Madeleine L’Engle

Creative Writing Program

Karen will visit your school for a whole term, presenting weekly one hour sessions with the class. At the end of the term, we'll publish a book of stories to share with family and friends!

Week 1: Creating Crazy Characters

Everyone thinks and acts differently, and a good writer uses these differences to drive the story. Today we’ll brainstorm new characters, thinking about appearance, distinguishing features, favourite foods, favourite things to do, family background, etc. Then we’ll role play our characters for a fun news interview. Is your character a feisty redhead with a cannibal king father? Is she a clever spider who can write, with a best friend called Wilbur? How did she feel when she met Mr Tumnus under the lamp post?

Week 2: Building Magical Worlds

Another session of wonder and surprises, where anything is possible. First we’ll look at magical places like Narnia, Hogwarts and the 78-Story Treehouse, discussing what makes these places special. Then we’ll take our characters to a desert island, using our five senses to explore the island and finding much more than we expected.

Week 3: A Map for the Journey

Stories have an outline – a beginning, a middle and an end. Today we’ll talk about how to start a story with a bang and hook the reader from the very first sentence. We’ll think about the complication and how it propels the character into the action, getting the story rolling. And we’ll discuss what our main character wants, what might stop him getting it, and how this will drive the story.

Week 4: Time to Write!

Sharpen your pencils, it’s time to put it all together. Today we begin the first draft, using the characters, setting and outline we’ve developed over the first three weeks. First drafts are wild and crazy, and often make no sense at all. Punctuation doesn’t matter. Spelling doesn’t matter. We’ll worry about that later. Today we write and write and write!

Week 5: The Second Draft

This is the easy part. We’ve written the story – now we have to knock it into shape. Does it make sense? Does it need anything else? Are the commas in the right place? Would it be better with a new paragraph here or another sentence there? Time to get out our red pencils and scribble.

Week 6: Polishing your Masterpiece

How do you get a story published? What does an editor do? We’ll put the final touches on our stories and hand them over to Karen for a professional edit, and then we’ll talk about the practical process of publishing a book. We’ll wrap it all up with a big celebration. It’s been hard work and lots of fun, and in a few weeks our stories will be published in a real book!

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo

Make a Booking

Karen visits schools all over Australia exploring the major themes in her books – connection, courage, possibility, and wonder. She is passionate about inspiring children to live a creative life. Having four children of her own, she understands that each child brings different gifts to the world and she believes every child should have the opportunity to shine. Karen is available for school visits at ASA rates. The cost of the Creative Writing Program will vary, based on the size of the group and location of the school. Karen can deliver the program in one intensive week or in six weekly sessions over the term.

Karen was wonderful, the students found her engaging and informative. Her talk about the inspiration behind becoming an author was insightful and the students found it extremely interesting. The students then attended workshops on character and setting development. Karen shared her experience openly with the students and then I found they were motivated and inspired to create their own characters. The workshops were fun and the students really enjoyed their time with Karen. It really inspired the students to think about their own creative writing and how they could improve their character development.
– JEANETTE DUMBRELL, MCAULEY CATHOLIC COLLEGE

Make a Booking

Karen visits schools all over Australia exploring the major themes in her books – connection, courage, possibility, and wonder. She is passionate about inspiring children to live a creative life. Having four children of her own, she understands that each child brings different gifts to the world and she believes every child should have the opportunity to shine. Karen is available for school visits at ASA rates. The cost of the Creative Writing Program will vary, based on the size of the group and location of the school. Karen can deliver the program in one intensive week or in six weekly sessions over the term.


Karen was wonderful, the students found her engaging and informative. Her talk about the inspiration behind becoming an author was insightful and the students found it extremely interesting. The students then attended workshops on character and setting development. Karen shared her experience openly with the students and then I found they were motivated and inspired to create their own characters. The workshops were fun and the students really enjoyed their time with Karen. It really inspired the students to think about their own creative writing and how they could improve their character development.
– JEANETTE DUMBRELL, MCAULEY CATHOLIC COLLEGE

Creative Writing Program

Every child becomes a published author in this exciting workshop program. Includes six workshops, story editing, book design, layout and printing.

Please contact us for more information.


Talks and Workshops

45 minute to one hour presentations and workshops, tailored to the age and size of the group.

$325 per session

$450 per half day (9am-12pm)


Full Day Visit

One hour talk followed by two creative writing workshops tailored to the age and size of the group.

$650.00 per day (9am-3pm)

All prices are ex.GST.