Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks’ books include the Tom Weekly series of weird, funny, kinda gross short stories and Two Wolves a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His latest novel, The Fall, is an action-packed thriller for ages 10+. It won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards. New book, Detention, was released July 2019.

Available Workshops
You Life & Other Stuff You Made Up (Years 3 to 8)
My Life & Other Stuff You Made Up (Years 3 to 12)
Writing Crime Stories (Years 5 to 8)

You Life & Other Stuff You Made Up (Years 3 to 8)

How can you use all the odd, boring, funny stuff that happens to you and turn it into excellent stories? Author Tristan Bancks used bits from his life to inspire his Tom Weekly short story collections. Like the time his sister made him eat Vegemite off her toe and the time he had his appendix removed just to get out of school detention. Learn how to mine your own life for cool, weird, funny stories that your friends and teachers will love.

Suitable for
Years 3 to 8

Duration
1, 2 or 3 hours

Topics covered
- Using memory for story inspiration
- Mashing truth and fiction to create authentic, entertaining stories
- Free writing practice to discover untapped story ideas

My Life & Other Stuff You Made Up (Years 3 to 12)

Autobiographical talk using anecdotes, images, video, music and maps to trace how Tristan's books relate to his life story. From schoolboy in Sydney's Blue Mountains to teen TV actor and presenter in Australia and London, through travel and university to filmmaking and life as an author. Discover the books Tristan loves to read, how he finds inspiration and how he makes a living telling stories for page and screen. Along the way, have lots of laughs, gain valuable tips on using your own life to inspire your stories. With lots of fun examples from his books Two Wolves, The Fall and the Tom Weekly series.

Suitable for
Years 3 to 12

Duration
30 minutes to 1 hour

Topics covered
- How to find story inspiration
- Top 5 writing tips
- Making writing an active, contact sport 

Writing Crime Stories (Years 5 to 8)

In-depth writing workshop for writers aged 10+ wanting to take their work to the next level. Based on his experiences in writing his novels Two Wolves and The Fall, Tristan Bancks shares tips and tricks for creating a thrilling crime story that incorporates elements of your own life.

Suitable for
Years 5 to 8

Duration
1 to 3 hours 

Topics covered
- Tools for writing crime
- Freewriting and present-moment awareness as a storytelling tool
- Five key tools for story editing

Tristan Bancks Books

Books