Writing sessions

Be inspired

Since my stranger danger picture book You Don’t Know Me? was published in 1981 I have spoken to children of all ages about writers and writing. These sessions, ranging from brief talks on how writers work to workshops on a variety of writing themes and in-school residencies, have been enthusiastically received by students and teachers.

Many years of writing fiction and poetry for children and adults combined with my extensive experience as a journalist and editor allows me to offer students an insight into what it is to be a working writer. Sessions are tailored to individual requirements and my approach is relaxed and informal, with a focus on inspiration and encouragement.
I also do combined author/artist presentations with illustrator Veronica Rooke, who has worked with me on four picture books and the cover designs for a number of children’s books.

Australian Society of Author rates can be viewed here, and I’m happy to travel around Western Australia and interstate.

I can be booked through Creative Net or contact me directly for more information.

Teacher Feedback

  • Very informative. Teena’s talk evoked a lot of discussion about writing. It was great to see the students using their imaginations and having the opportunity to create their own text. Jaqueline Secrett, Port Hedland PS Year 4.

  • Teena gave strategies for the children to use to help with ideas for writing. Emma Coad, St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary Years 5-7

  • Teena was very informative, answered all students asked by students and the presentation was aimed at student level. Mandy Sheen St, Cecilias PS Years 1-3

  • Excellent session. Loved how you engaged ALL the students. Carolyn Garratt Pannawonica PS Year 1

  • A great way to express the writing process. Students enjoyed hearing the stories and how to go about writing a story. Mrs Walker Bluff Point PS Years 4 & 5

  • Teena has great rapport with students. Love the free-flowing dialogue with kids. B Williamson, Chapman Valley PS Years 3-6

  • Kids were engaged in the workshop, sharing ideas and wanting to be involved in writing their story. Peta Asplin, Nullagine RCS Years K-3

  • A very informative presentation which took the students through the process of writing a story. Students were all highly engaged and enjoyed learning how a story is made. Tamra Quadrio, Paraburdoo PS Years 1 & 2