Zanni Louise

Zanni Louise

Zanni Louise is a picture book and fiction author based in Northern NSW. She’s written ten books for children, including Errol!, Mum for Sale and the Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush Series. Her books sell in 20 countries and have been translated into multiple languages. Two have been long-listed for the CBCA awards and Archie and the Bear was selected for the White Ravens catalogue by the International Children’s Library. Zanni advocates for creativity and imagination, and loves teaching writing to adults and children. She is part of the Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard program.

Available Workshops
Little Stardust Dancers (Pre Schoolers)
Penguin Adventures (Pre Schoolers)
Storytelling (Pre Schoolers)
Find Your Magic Paintbrush (Pre Schoolers)
Book Making (Year 1 and 2)
Magic Story (Years 1 to 4)
Author Presentation (Years 1 to 6)
Create Compelling Stories (Years 5 and 6)

Little Stardust Dancers (Pre Schoolers)

Zanni Louise reads an excerpt from her books STARDUST SCHOOL OF DANCE, and engages children in a conversation about their love of dance. Zanni then teaches little dancers the Stardust Dance routine, and leads them in a tiara and dance crown making activity. Materials included in cost of workshop.

Suitable for
Pre Schoolers

Duration
45 minutes to 1 hour

Max participants
30

Penguin Adventures (Pre Schoolers)

Wearing her Errol beanie, Zanni Louise reads her two bestselling humorous picture books ERROL! and MUM FOR SALE. After an engaging discussion, Zanni gets kids to design their own penguin adventures, and Errol beanie. Templates supplied.

Suitable for
Pre Schoolers

Duration
45 minutes to 1 hour

Storytelling (Pre Schoolers)

Picture book author Zanni Louise dresses up to read three of her loved picture books, and leads the children in fun craft activities. Materials included in cost of workshop.

Suitable for
Pre Schoolers

Duration
45 minutes to 1 hour

Find Your Magic Paintbrush (Pre Schoolers)

Zanni Louise reads one of her TIGGY AND THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH books, and leads the kids in a discussion about themes in the book, which include problem-solving, starting school, friendship and using your imagination. Kids then create their own magic paintbrush using craft materials. Materials included in cost of workshop. 

Suitable for
Pre Schoolers

Duration
45 minutes to 1 hour

Max participants
20

Book Making (Year 1 and 2)

Zanni Louise shows students how to make their own notebooks out of found materials. The students use simple sewing techniques to construct their book. The hands-on act of making a book from scratch grounds and relaxes students, while teaching basic bookbinding skills. Students have the option to decorate and personalise their books, which they can then use for their own writing projects.

Suitable for
Years 1 and 2

Duration
30 to 45 minutes

Topics covered
- Understanding the construction of a book and basic bookbinding techniques
- Learning about the history of bookmaking
- Using basic sewing techniques
- Following instructions to make a book
- Using creativity to personalise books
- Suggest following this activity with a writing workshop
- Problem-solving
- History of bookmaking
- Creativity Following instructions

Curriculum outcomes
- Problem-solving
- History of bookmaking
- Creativity
- Following instructions

Magic Story (Years 1 to 4)

CBCA nominated author, Zanni Louise, takes young writers on a magical writing journey into the imagination. Armed with an imaginary magic paintbrush, nifty story ideas, and a big imagination, young writers will step outside reality and create a story they are proud to share with others. This workshop promotes creative thinking, writing confidence and collaboration.

Suitable for
Years 1 to 4

Duration
Up to 1 hour for Years 1 and 2
1 hour to 1.45 hour for Years 3 and 4

Topics covered
- Create compelling characters readers will connect with
- Create a world for your characters
- Develop a compelling story arc
- Tips for overcoming writer’s block
- Tips for editing and story development
- Story presentation- Author Q&A
- Curriculum outcomes- Writes with confidence
- Problem solving and creativity
- Effective communication
- Collaboration and teamwork

Author Presentation (Years 1 to 6)

In this engaging presentation, CBCA nominated children’s author, Zanni Louise shares her insights into how her different books are made. She engages the students in a discussion about effective storytelling techniques and challenges them to think about what makes a good story. She also delves into how to develop and harness ideas and be a courageous creative. Students have the option to ask Zanni anything they like (which they always enjoy.) Younger students also enjoy Zanni dressing up in character to read one of her picture books.

Suitable for
Years 1 to 6

Duration
30 to 45 minutes

Topics covered
- How picture books are made
- Effective storytelling
- Writing for different ages
- Sourcing ideas- Harnessing ideas
- Zanni’s ‘Secret Story Garden’
- Being a courageous creative
- The art of accepting feedback
- The art of collaboration
- Picture book reading, in character (optional)
- Author Q&A
-Storytelling techniques
- Problem solving and creativity
- Effective communication
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Working with feedback

Curriculum outcomes
- Storytelling techniques
- Problem solving and creativity
- Effective communication
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Working with feedback

Create Compelling Stories (Years 5 and 6)

In this engaging workshop, CBCA nominated author Zanni Louise guides writers through steps to harness creativity and develop compelling stories. Zanni shares tips for overcoming writer’s block and developing fresh story ideas. Writers will develop compelling characters, with strong motivations and challenges, and use the narrative arc to guide characters home to a satisfying resolution. This workshop promotes creative thinking, story development, working positively with feedback, collaboration and confidence presenting work.

Suitable for
Years 5 and 6

Duration
1 to 2 hours

Topics covered
- Create compelling characters readers will connect with
- Develop a rich and compelling story arc
- Tips for overcoming writer’s block
- Tips for editing and story development
- Story presentation
- Author Q&A
- Writes with confidence
- Problem solving and creativity
- Effective communication
- Collaboration and team work

Curriculum outcomes
- Writes with confidence
- Problem solving and creativity
- Effective communication
- Collaboration and teamwork

Zanni Louise Books

Books