Zanni Louise

Zanni Louise

Zanni Louise has been writing stories since she was little, growing up in country NSW. Six-year-old Zanni used to get in trouble for staring at people and making up stories about having a donkey. Grown-up Zanni has turned her love for people and fairytales into a writing career.

Author of over twenty kids’ books, including bestselling picture book series like HumanKind and Errol, Zanni writes and draws every day and hopes she will keep going until she’s too old to hold a pen!

Zanni teaches at the Australian Writers Centre, offers private mentoring, and travels to schools and festivals across Australia, helping creatives achieve their writing dreams. 

She is proud to be an author ambassador for Room To Read, an organisation helping to educate children. 

Available Workshops
Author Presentation (Years 1 to 6)
Create Compelling Stories (Years 3 and 6)
Sweaty Brain Editing (Years 3 to 6)
What are Values? (Years 1 to 6)

Author Presentation (Years 1 to 6)

In this engaging presentation, bestselling author 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 can ask Zanni anything they like!

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 3 and 6)

In this engaging workshop, bestselling 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 3 to 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

Sweaty Brain Editing (Years 3 to 6)

You’ve written a story. Then what? The next step is putting on your editor’s hat and editing! Editing is an
essential part of the writing process, but most kids stop at the first draft. In this fun workshop, Zanni leads
kids through professional editing techniques they actually like! One Year 3 boy reported after a Sweaty Brain
Editing session: ‘I speak for everyone, well myself at least, when I say I discovered how much I loved
editing!’

Suitable for
Year 3 to 6

Duration
1 to 2 hours

Topics covered:
- Structural editing
- Line editing
- Show don’t tell
- And much more

What are Values? (Years 1 to 6)

When is it important to be honest? What is persistence? How can we build courage? Bestselling HumanKind
picture book author, Zanni Louise, leads kids in an active conversation about their values. Through stories
and anecdotes, kids explore what values are, and what they value.

Suitable for
Years 1 to 6

Duration
30 minutes to 1 hour

Topics covered:
- Values & ethics
- Courage
- Persistence
- Honesty
- Resilience
- Imagination
- Kindness

Zanni Louise Books

Books