Joining Australian Writers’ Centre

Hi guys! I am excited to let you know I am joining the Australian Writers' Centre crew to run Writing Picture Books, a two-day course in Brisbane.  This course is packed with inspiration and information about how to write your own picture book, and break into...

Creative Bookmaking Tent at Newcastle Writers Festival

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_gallery interval="3" images="23328,23329,23331,23332,23333,23334,23335" img_size="400x400"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row] It's been a busy time! Last Friday, I flew down south for Newcastle Writers Festival.  I had the pleasure of attending this lovely festival with one of my best friends on Saturday. Laughed at Kitty...

Grafton Yamba StoryBoard Tour

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_gallery interval="3" images="23318,23319,23320,23321,23322,23323" img_size="400x400"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row] The StoryBoard crew have just returned after an epic school tour of Grafton and Yamba.  Authors Jesse Blackadder, Samatha Turnbull and myself ran story writing workshops with nearly 400 kids in two days. On Wednesday,...

Ballina Young Writers Masterclass

Young Writers’ Ballina Masterclass Launch Books

[embed]https://youtu.be/-JJPjiFWM9A[/embed] For the last term, I've been lucky enough to work with ten talented young writers and illustrators from the Northern NSW community.  Kids aged 10-16 gathered fortnightly at Ballina Library, for free StoryBoard sessions, provided by Byron Writers Festival. The goal was for each person to...

podcasts for children's authors

6 Podcasts For Children’s Authors

I'm a runner. Not one of those hardcore type runners, who race and all that. I am someone who puddles along country lanes, oxygynating myself. And to be honest, one of the main reasons I run is so I have an excuse to listen to...

Great Girl Characters For International Women’s Day

I was reading Archie and the Bear to kids at the Byron Writers' Festival last year, when a mother asked: "Why have you chosen to write a male protagonist? You are a female. You should write from a girl's perspective.” Other than spluttering on about the...

What would you paint?

To celebrate the launch of TIGGY AND THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH, I'd like to ask you, 'What would you paint, if you found a magic paintbrush?' Send me pictures of your paintings and drawings on email hello[@]zannilouise.com or tag #whatwouldyoupaint? on social media. I'd love to see!...

tips for a happy author

The Happy Author

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself. I get to write for kids. I also spend a lot of work hours hanging out with kids, making stories. I have six books coming out this year, and more in production. It's a dream job, and a dream...

too busy sleeping

Too Busy Sleeping bound for China

One of the first bits of exciting news for the year is that my first book TOO BUSY SLEEPING will be published in China by Phoenix Juveniles and Children’s Publishing later this year! Can't wait to see our book in Chinese...