Georgie Donaghey

Margaret Hamilton

CKT Writers’ Festival – Falling Forward with Margaret Hamilton

A well-spent hour with Margaret Hamilton had us truly blown away with her thirst for knowledge and rising career. Her Falling Forward talk made us consider ‘audience’ and propelled us through her incredible career from a family who weren’t into reading, to a string of awards for her contributions to Australian children’s books. Margaret attributed …

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Tim Harris

CKT Writers’ Festival – Humorous Read Alouds with Tim Harris

‘Be inspired by your favourite books, but don’t let fear stop you writing your story.’ Tim Harris is the author of the best-selling series, The Remarkables, Toffle Towers, and the hilarious series exploding off the shelves, Exploding Endings, to name a few. He’s won many awards for his books, is a much sought-after speaker and …

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Ursula Dubosarsky

CKT Writers’ Festival – Helping Kids Become Readers for Life! with Ursula Dubosarsky

As the current Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky believes wholeheartedly that reading enriches and empowers your life. This is the reason that she chose ‘Read for your life’ as the theme for her two-year laureate term. Her greatest ambition is to encourage all kids to read for their whole life, so they are always proud …

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Tina Harris

CKT Writers’ Festival – How to Make Successful Videos with Tina Harris

Perhaps best known as the lead singer of the children’s musical group Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band, Tina Harris is also a successful businessperson and mentor to many people in the Australian kid-lit industry, including Georgie Donaghey and Michelle Worthington. She is blown away by the sense of community in the kid-lit industry, and is keen …

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Adam Wallace

CKT Writers’ Festival – The Magic of YES! with Adam Wallace

Bursting onto our screens with an irrepressible enthusiasm for his topic that was delightfully contagious, Adam Wallace soon shared the secret to his success: the power of ‘yes’. Early in his career he said ‘yes’ to everything, and he soon found that one small writing job led to other chances for publication. He advises all …

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Margrete Lamond

CKT Writers’ Festival – The Audience in the Margins with Margrete Lamond

Margrete Lamond is a publisher, workshop presenter, speaker, curator and author of around twenty books. She has worked in the publishing world for over twenty years mainly as a picture-book publisher and art director in both large, multi-national publishers, and small independent companies like the not-for-profit, Dirt Lane Press, where she works now as the …

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Louise Park

CKT Writers’ Festival – The Secret World of Kids and How to Hijack It with Louise Park

Louise Park was incredibly encouraging and provided extremely useful ways for emerging authors to learn what kids really love, in her talk The Secret World of Kids and How to Hijack It at the Creative Kids Tales Writers’ Festival 2021. “If you look at the computer games and toys they love, you’ll see the trends …

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Wendy Orr

CKT Writers’ Festival – Page to Screen with Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr is a Canadian born, Australian author with awards and accolades that include the Prime Minister’s Award for Children’s Literature. She has written over forty books and published in twenty-nine languages. Two of her books, Nim’s Island, and Nim at Sea have been adapted for film. Wendy believes that every child deserves to find …

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INVEST The Write Way

Invest the Write Way Saves You Time and Money by Hayley Hunkin

Do you want to be a published author? If you do, you can do no better than to complete Georgie Donaghey’s course, INVEST the Write Way. She generously shares her knowledge and experience of the publishing industry, especially in the world of children’s publishing. The information you’ll receive in a short space of time will …

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Rejection letters

R E J E C T I O N – Not a four letter word, but just as bad by Georgie Donaghey

I was recently asked by a writer friend how do I handle rejection? After so many of them I guess you could call me a rejection pro. I realised long ago being accepted by a publisher straight away wasn’t going to happen. I had to earn my stripes. What I did know was I would …

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