Author Visits & Workshops

I love visiting schools, kindergarten and libraries on author visits as well as leading creative writing, copywriting and professional development workshops.

My most popular workshop, ‘Making Magic’, has been designed for primary school students, Prep – Year 6. It is a ‘Between the Pages’ look at how a picture book is made, where I aim to inspire children to have a go at creating their own stories by breaking down the steps involved in the book-making process through a dynamic discussion of the roles involved, followed by an age-appropriate and curriculum-linked extension activity, using my picture book Jacaranda Magic as a working example.

Here’s what educators are saying about the ‘Making Magic’ workshop:

‘Dannika was charming, dynamic, patient and resourceful.
The children thoroughly enjoyed her reading of her story Jacaranda Magic.
The children were enthralled with her treasure box and the way she was able to keep the children so engaged was amazing.’
Mrs Robyn Waddingham, Yr 2 Teacher, Moreton Bay Girls College

‘Preps loved listening to a story from the ‘actual, real, live’ author!
Hearing the process of creating a book was also extremely interesting and the setting, beneath the jacaranda, so suitable!  They are spotting ‘jacaranda magic’ wherever we go!’
Mrs Melanie Schaefer, Prep Teacher, Moreton Bay Girls College

‘Incredibly engaging, personable and generous.’
Brisbane City Council Libraries

A popular option for schools has been booking Jacaranda Magic‘s illustrator, Megan Forward, and I to present an extended version of this workshop together, so children can learn how author and illustrator can work – independently and collaboratively – to create a picture book. Megan and I bring along real working examples from Jacaranda Magic and emphasise that the initial creative and drafting processes of making a book can be messy and require a good dose of patience and resilience. This dual presenter format also works well for adult professional development sessions, particularly for professionals working in environments where both autonomous function and a degree of collaboration are required.

JM School & Library Workshops_Dannika and Megan

With a strong background in business development and marketing, I am also available to run copywriting workshops for big kids and businesses, to help grown ups develop and communicate their individual and brand stories.

Book me for:

  • School author visits*
  • Library events
  • Writer’s festivals
  • Book readings and extension activities (with general art, craft or specific STEAM-links) at festivals or other public events
  • Creative writing workshops for children and adults
  • Professional development workshops
  • Copywriting/brand story development workshops

*Rates and charges are industry standard as per ASA guidelines.

To arrange an author visit, speaking engagement or workshop, email:
d a n n i k a p a t t e r s o n @ (remove spaces) or book via Creative Net Speakers Agency.


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