Andrew McDonald is a bestselling author and an energetic presenter who has been visiting schools for over ten years.
In his author talks, Andrew uses images and storytelling to explain what sparked his love for books when he was a boy, what his creative writing process is like now, where he draws inspiration from and how he wrote the hit Real Pigeons series.
He finishes each session with a Q&A – and a group storytelling exercise that engages students and makes them think about the shapes stories take, how characters come to life, and the incredible power you have when you write.
Andrew’s author talks are great for inspiring imaginations, demonstrating the power of reading, and highlighting the value of following your passions.
Andrew is a regular presenter at schools and festivals, and has previously appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Wheeler Centre, Sydney Writers Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival and many others
The life-changing power of books
Generating story ideas
Plotting out stories
Using real life experience in fiction
Using evocative language
The key to good writing – surprise the reader!
Audience: Primary and secondary students. Adapted to the appropriate age group.
Duration: 50-60 minutes
Requirements: Data Projector, whiteboard
Andrew will bring his PowerPoint presentation on his own MacBook – along with a variety of different adapters (including HDMI) to plug directly into a school projector. He also brings a USB (suitable for Macs or PCs) as a backup.
No internet connection is required and the presentation does not contain video or audio.
In this workshop, bestselling author Andrew McDonald talks about the building blocks of a great story and shares his best writing tricks to help kids: generate their own story ideas create three-dimensional characters plan and plot out a story write with evocative language. The workshops begin with everyone creating a weird but wonderful character, focusing […]