Sharing my love of books and passion for writing with groups of children is always a great delight for me. There are few things I enjoy more!
I started my working life as a primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, and have been a speaker, storyteller and workshop leader, presenting at schools, libraries, state and national conferences and festivals for more than fifteen years. I also teach writing for The Australian Writers’ Centre.
I do my utmost to make sure my presentations are engaging, dramatic and humorous, and involve much audience participation. And, as I write books across a variety of genres and for a variety of age groups – toddlers to teens – I am comfortable working with all ages: toddlers to adults and everything in between.
SPECIAL NOTE: I am available for online writing workshops, Q&As and presentations during the current COVID-19 crisis. Not the same as meeting the kids face-to-face but not a bad alternative!
“Thanks Sue Whiting!
That was great. The kids enjoyed it.”
“… She came off the workshop absolutely buzzing and has written pages and pages of ideas and
story beginnings already … “
BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES
For school visits, workshops, festivals and presentations
Phone: (03) 9824 0177
Phone: 0419 689 942
For Victorian bookings (including online)
Phone: (03) 87871700
For South Australian bookings
Phone: 0424 584 697
“Versatile across all stages Sue captures and holds her audience’s attention from the get-go. As a former teacher, Sue knows how to pitch, pace and present to perfection. Staff and students were equally enthralled and impressed. Five stars from us at Yarrawarrah School. Nailed it!”
Yarrawarrah Public School
“The students were mesmerized throughout Sue’s visit – they held onto every word as she took them on an enchanting journey through the life of a children’s book author. Sue’s obvious passion for her vocation and years of experience in the classroom are a recipe for absolute success when lighting the flame of curiosity and possibility – her visit certainly ignited the budding young authors within our midst!”
Yarrawarrah Public School
“From the opening introduction of her session, Sue Whiting had our senior students engaged and entertained. With images of white fluffy bats, CCTV footage, and a Panamanian cheer, Sue Whiting shared her research, interests and personal details used to shape a story. The presentation was interactive, well paced and pitched beautifully for our primary school setting. Missing has not been back on the library shelves since Sue’s visit, and students have requested I track down and purchase her earlier books. Staff and students alike were entertained, intrigued and engaged with Sue Whiting’s session. I would heartily recommend Sue Whiting for your next school author visit.”
Bourke Street Public School
“Sue’s fabulous story telling immediately captures the attention of students, both young and older. Our younger students can’t wait for our very own copy of Sue’s latest tale and our older students have continued to test their geographical knowledge after taking the Panama challenge.
A day with Sue is truly a great one and our students want to know when she’ll be back.”
Coordinator of Junior Primary & Library Learning
St Peter’s Anglican School, Campbelltown
“It was a pleasure to have Sue Whiting attend Westfields Sports High School to celebrate Book Week 2018. Sharing her passion for writing had students and teachers captivated, allowing them into her world of make believe, truth and inspiration. She spoke of her daily routines linked to her writing and the processes involved in being published, to never give up and reminding us that anyone can be a writer!
Her easy and approachable style made for great participation, and many students engaged in Q&A and a select group took part her in her now infamous Panama Quiz! We had some great feedback from the students who attended and hopefully inspired many great writers.
Thanks for a great day.”
Westfields Sports HS Library
“We all felt very excited about having you and you exceeded our expectations!
All the staff spoke highly of your visit also. The Library team were impressed with the vibe, the way you engaged all the students and had them in your hand! We loved the variety of your presentations, from the engaging storytelling, to the dress ups, to having students share ideas and be part of the presentation. The students have all recounted fondly stories from the sessions and especially loved hearing your new book! Thank you for the planning, organisation and enthusiasm, which were so evident.
I have already begun recommending you to my Teacher Librarian friends!
It was lovely to meet you and thank you again for being so vibrant – oh and for making the book signing lovely and personal for each student.”
Penrith Anglican College
“Sue Whiting was excellent today. She pitched her presentation perfectly in terms of the year group and our requirements. We’re looking forward to her return visit in March. Thank you for such a good recommendation.”
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your work with all of our students at Mother Teresa Primary on Monday. Your writer’s workshops have been very well received, every child has been using their writer’s notebooks and you have a whole lot of new fans! The teachers were all commenting on the way you were able to adapt your presentations to suit the age groups and your engaging storytelling.”