Zanni is available to visit your primary or secondary school.

With years of experience running writing workshops for children and adults, Zanni loves helping young writers uncover their fabulous ideas, and write compelling stories.

Zanni is also available for inspiring author talks, where Zanni shares her journey as a published author, and her secret recipe for making a living out of doing what you love.

Schools often like to book a combination of an author talk, and workshops for inspired writers.

Contact Beth at The Children’s Bookshop Speaker’s Agency or Gabby at StoryBoard, Byron Writers Festival to book Zanni to visit your school.

Download ‘Writing Workshop With Zanni Louise’ for a free introduction to my writing masterclass for kids, to use in your classrooms or at home. You’re welcome!

 

Preschool

 

Book Reading

  • Suitable for Preschool and Kindy
  • Zanni Louise reads Errol!, Archie and the Bear, and Too Busy Sleeping in costume, and has a conversation with the kids about the stories.
  • Schools have the option to extend the session to include a drawing activity, or Zanni will leave an activity behind for you to complete later.
  • 30-45 min including Q&A.

 

Primary

 

Books Are Magic + How Books Are Made

  • Suitable for Kindy to Grade 6
  • Zanni Louise takes kids through the magic process of brewing an original idea, growing the story, sending the story to a publisher, and a behind-the-scenes tour of how books are made.
  • 45 min including Q&A, and book reading for younger kids.

 

The Magic Story Writing Workshop

  • Suitable for Grade 2 to Grade 6
  • Zanni Louise reads Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A School Day Smile and leads a conversation about how Tiggy deals with difficult emotions using her imagination.
  • Together, using props and costumes, Zanni and the children write the story about where the magic paintbrush came from. Students use their own imaginations, and learn about character and story development.
  • Schools have the option to send Zanni illustrations to accompany the story, and Zanni will publish the story to send back to the school, for the school library.
  • 60 min including Q&A.

 

Upper Primary

 

How Books Are Made + Story Writing Workshop

  • Suitable for Grade 4 to Grade 6
  • Zanni Louise takes kids through the magic process of brewing an original idea, growing the story, sending the story to a publisher, and a behind-the-scenes tour of how books are made. We talk about ways to have fun creativity, without the pressure, and the gift of feedback and collaboration.
  • Zanni leads a story writing workshop. Each student will develop their own character, in their setting of choice. Using effective story structure tools, which have been used by writers since Ancient Greek culture, students learn how to construct a compelling narrative.
  • This is a great workshop to inspire reluctant writers, and engage the enthusiasts. Zanni has seen students go from zero interest in writing to loving writing, just in this one-hour workshop.
  • 1.5 hours including Q&A and brief story presentation.

 

Bookmaking + Story Writing Workshop

  • Suitable for Grade 4 to Grade 6
  • Zanni Louise shows kids how to create their own books by hand. Making a book from scratch not only teaches how books are constructed, it gives kids ownership over the entire process, and opens creative channels.
  • Zanni leads a story writing workshop. Each student will develop their own character, in their setting of choice. Using effective story structure tools, which have been used by writers since Ancient Greek culture, students learn how to construct a compelling narrative.
  • Zanni introduces kids to editing techniques, and how to make your writing sparkle.
  • This is a great workshop to inspire reluctant writers, and engage the enthusiasts. Zanni has seen students go from zero interest in writing to loving writing, just in this short workshop.
  • 2 – 3 hours including a break, Q&A and brief story presentation.

 

Write Your Own Book In A Day

  • Suitable for a small group; Grade 5 to Grade 6
  • Zanni leads a story writing workshop. Each student will develop their own character, in their setting of choice. Using effective story structure tools, which have been used by writers since Ancient Greek culture, students learn how to construct a compelling narrative.
  • Zanni shows students storyboarding techniques, which they use to draft their story.
  • Students have 1-hour to write their story. Zanni shares her insight into overcoming writer’s block, and opening creative channels.
  • Students workshop their story with the group, and learn about editing techniques, and how to make your writing sparkle.
  • Students have the option to work alone, use collage, or collaborate with keen illustrators to develop suitable illustrations for the story.
  • Teachers or students send Zanni Word doc files, which Zanni will get printed into books. Cost of books is $10 paperback, $20 hardback per book.
  • Whole day, including breaks.
Ballina Young Writers Masterclass

 

High School

 

Bookmaking + Story Writing Workshop

  • Suitable for all high school grades.
  • Zanni Louise shows kids how to create their own books by hand. Making a book from scratch not only teaches how books are constructed, it gives students ownership over the entire process, and opens creative channels.
  • Zanni leads a story writing workshop. Each student will develop their own character, in their setting of choice. Using effective story structure tools, which have been used by writers since Ancient Greek culture, students learn how to construct a compelling narrative.
  • Zanni introduces students to sophisticated editing techniques, and how to make your writing sparkle.
  • This is a great workshop to inspire reluctant writers, and engage the enthusiasts. Zanni has seen students go from zero interest in writing to loving writing, just in this short workshop.
  • 2 – 3 hours including a break, Q&A and brief story presentation.

 

Write Your Own Book In A Day

  • Suitable for a small group of high school students.
  • Zanni leads a story writing workshop. Each student will develop their own character, in their setting of choice. Using effective story structure tools, which have been used by writers since Ancient Greek culture, students learn how to construct a compelling narrative.
  • Zanni shows students storyboarding techniques, which they use to draft their story.
  • Students have 1-hour to write their story. Zanni shares her insight into overcoming writer’s block, and opening creative channels.
  • Students workshop their story with the group, and learn about editing techniques, and how to make your writing sparkle.
  • Students have the option to work alone, use collage, or collaborate with keen illustrators to develop suitable illustrations for the story.
  • Teachers or students send Zanni Word doc files, which Zanni will get printed into books. Cost of books is $10 paperback, $20 hardback per book.
  • Whole day, including breaks.