Storyfest on the Road...

Storyfest on the Road provides a unique opportunity to the Gold Coast, Brisbane and beyond, by providing pop up writing/illustrator workshops in Schools, Early Learning Centres, and at various events throughout the region.

Our outstanding collective of authors and illustrators will visit your school, offering students opportunities to develop and inspire their creative writing skills and work on their illustrator prowess! We offer small group sizes for students, with our workshops developed to enhance Queensland curriculum requirements. We have partnered with the following local authors/illustrators Tristan BancksZanni LouiseLucas ProudfootLucia Masciullo and Gwyneth Jane Page, guaranteeing their workshops will be highly sought after.

Our Authors
Book a Workshop
Early Learning Centres
Junior Schools
Senior Schools

Our Authors

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, is out July 2019.

Title List: The Fall, Two Wolves, Tom Weekly Series


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 Paintbrushseries. 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.

Title List: Mum for Sale, Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Very Wobbly Tooth, Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Birthday Party Trick


Lucia Masciullo is an award-winning children’s book illustrator born and bred in Livorno, Italy. She moved to Australia in 2007 and she now lives and works on the beautiful Gold Coast. Lucia has collaborated with several top Australian and English Publishers and illustrated fifteen books, among which the CBCA Honour Book and Prime Minister Award shortlisted Come Down, Cat!, written by award-winning author Sonya Hartnett, CBCA shortlisted Family Forest and the best-selling series Our Australian Girl.


Gwyneth Jane Page holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University, has called many countries home. She grew up in such places as Canada, Peru, the United States, England, the Caribbean, and now resides on the Gold Coast, in Queensland Australia, with her husband and four children. The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse series is based on their family trips with PJ, the cute stuffed animal who was found by Jane’s youngest daughter, Emily.
Megan Elizabeth, Gwyneth’s second oldest daughter, has lived in Australia and Canada, and has travelled extensively with her family — and PJ! Having been artistic since she was a little girl, illustrating this book has enabled her to combine her love of travel with her love of art. She currently resides on the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia and has completed her studies in Canada, at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts to further her skills as a professional photographer.

Title List: The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in Canada, The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in Queensland, The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in a Small Corner Of England , The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in New Zealand, The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in Italy Birthday Party Trick


Lucas Proudfoot is one of Australia’s most versatile children’s performers, playing guitar, didgeridoo and stomp box to over 120,00 kids each year. He is a multi-platform storyteller, sharing stories through his music, books and live performances. In recent years, he has been touring Australia performing his cultural show

Circular Rhythm, where he delivers an entertaining and contemporary Indigenous Australian music experience, inviting young audiences to learn about Indigenous cultures through a live show full of fun and interaction. He has shared stages alongside a host of Australia’s most renowned children’s performers including Hi5, Justine Clarke, Jay Laga’aia and Yo Gabba Gabba, performing his cultural show, Circular Rhythm. Lucas is a proud member of the Tweed Coast Aboriginal and Islander community and lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and their young daughter. When he isn’t on stage with the kids, Lucas is writing and working on a series of exciting projects.

Title List: Shaka Shaka Hawaii, Rocking In Japan, Magic Globe What Magic Globe

Book a Workshop

Early Learning Centres

WORKSHOP ONE With Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane) and Megan or Emily
Suitable for:  Early Learning (3yrs) to Year 4
Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Workshop Overview: Following a reading from one of the books to introduce children to the characters there will be a demonstration on how to draw. Children will be shown how to see the shapes that are the building blocks of drawings and how to change expressions to reveal different emotions. Time will be left for a Q and A in which kids are free to ask anything they like. For younger children Jane and Megan are happy to wear their PJ Mouse outfits and bring along the full size PJ Mouse and Star Bear stuffed animals for cuddles... and a photo.


The special powers of an illustrator (hands on) with Lucia Masciullo

Suitable for: Pre Schoolers
Duration: 1 hour
Workshop Overview: In this funny and quirky presentation internationally-published illustrator Lucia Masciullo demonstrates the special-powers of an illustrator: boundless imagination, brush and pencil mastery, super speedy drawing hand. Lucia introduces the children to the magical world of drawing with a series of short and engaging examples, then she invites them to draw along and helps them discover their own special powers.

Topics covered:
- Power of imagination
- The fun of the creative process
- Joy of skill mastery
- Curriculum Outcome
- Self confidence
- Love for self-guided creativity
- Development of fine motor skills


Junior Schools

The Proud Foots Your words! Your story! (performance) With Lucas Proudfoot
Suitable for: Year 1 to Year 6
Duration: 1 hour
Workshop overview: Indigenous musician and author, Lucas Proudfoot presents a dynamic musical storytelling experience, showcasing dance, cultural diversity and Lucas’ creative process. This highly interactive session is great way to start a Storyfest session with Lucas. Students get to know Lucas not only as an author, but also as a live performer who shares positive aspects of music, story & culture.

Topics covered:
- Indigenous Australian culture and history
- Music
- Dance
- Multicultural diversity
- Storytelling
- The creative process
- Performing arts

Curriculum outcomes:
- History/culture
- Multicultural themes


The Proud Foots Your words! Your story! (Writing session) With Lucas Proudfoot
Suitable for: Year 1 to Year 6
Duration: 1.5 hour
Workshop overview: Lucas’ creative writing session highlights the importance of using spontaneity and imagination to create short, fun-filled stories. This quirky format allows the students to experience the joy of writing without worrying about spelling mistakes and perfect grammar. The focus of the session is finding your voice, then expressing it through story.

“Lucas is a treasure personally and culturally. We are really lucky to have someone with his storytelling skills and gift for entertainment to inspire our students. His connection to his heritage and place was very powerful. The staff responses were glowing. I am like the kids; I only wish we could see him more often!” - Pottsville Beach PS, QLD

Topics covered:
- Finding your writing voice
- Imagination and creativity
- Writing with joy
- Personal and cultural storytelling

Curriculum outcomes:
- Creative writing
- History/culture
- Multicultural themes
- Performing arts


Your Life & Other Stuff You Made Up With Tristan Bancks
Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 8
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 hours
Workshop overview: 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.

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


Writing Crime Stories With Tristan Bancks
Suitable for: Year 5 to Year 8
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Workshop overview: 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.

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


WORKSHOP TWO with Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane)
Suitable for:  Year 4 to Adult
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Overview: How do you create different characters when they are just words on a page and you never get to meet them?  In this workshop Jane will discuss how as a writer you go about creating characters and bringing them to life to make them believable.

There will be readings from different books for examples and discussion on what makes the characters unique.  Depending on the grade level, we can also look at what makes characters suitable for children compared to those in adult books. Kids will be given some time to come up with their own characters and then share them with the class.  And there is always time given for a Q and A ... you just never know what kids want to know until they are given the chance to ask.


Author Presentation With Zanni Louise
Suitable for: Year 1 to Year 6
Duration: 30 min to 45 min
Overview: 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.

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 team work
- Working with feedback

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


Magic Story Workshop With Zanni Louise
Suitable for: Year 1 to Year 4
Duration: 45min to 1 hour (Year 1 and Year 2), 1 hour to 1.45 hour (Year 3 and Year 4)
Workshop overview: 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.

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 team work


Create Compelling Stories With Zanni Louise
Suitable for: Year 5 to Year 6
Duration: 1 hour to 2 hour 
Workshop overview: 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.

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 team work


Bookmaking With Zanni Louise
Suitable for: Year 1 to Year 2
Duration: 30 min to 45 min
Workshop overview: 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.

 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


Telling a Story with Pictures (My Real Friend) (hands on) with Lucia Masciullo
Suitable for: Prep to Year 3
Duration: 1 hour
Workshop overview: In this fun and engaging presentation award-winning illustrator Lucia Masciullo takes the students on an amazing journey showing what it takes to tell a story using illustrations. With her latest book as an example, Lucia shares with the audience where ideas come from and how to create compelling images for a picture book. In the second half of the presentation children are invited to draw along with Lucia one of the book characters.

Topics covered:
- Visual storytelling
- Power of imagination
- The creative process
- Joy of skill mastery
- Importance of self-determination
- Importance of feedback and teamwork
- Curriculum Outcome
- Self confidence
- Love for self-guided creativity
- Development of fine motor skills
- Problem solving




The secrets of drawing great characters (hands-on) with Lucia Masciullo
Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 6
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Workshop overview: In this fun and engaging presentation award-winning illustrator Lucia Masciullo reveals how to create irresistible characters for an illustrated story. Lucia takes the students by hand and shows them how to go from a stick figure to a well rounded character with its identifiable details and unique quirks. This is a free-flow presentation, where children are strongly invited to participate, draw along and conceptualise their creative ideas without worrying too much about mistakes or the technicalities of drawing.

Topics covered:
- Power of imagination
- The creative process
- Importance of self-determination
- Difference between concept and detailed design
- Mistakes are part of the creative process
- Curriculum Outcome
- Self confidence
- Love for self-guided creativity
- Development of fine motor skills
- Problem solving
- Positive creative feedback

Senior Schools

Your Life & Other Stuff You Made Up With Tristan Bancks
Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 8
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 hours
Workshop overview: 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.

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


Writing Crime Stories With Tristan Bancks
Suitable for: Year 5 to Year 8
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Workshop overview: 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.

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


WORKSHOP TWO with Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane)
Suitable for:  Year 4 to Adult
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Overview: How do you create different characters when they are just words on a page and you never get to meet them?  In this workshop Jane will discuss how as a writer you go about creating characters and bringing them to life to make them believable.

There will be readings from different books for examples and discussion on what makes the characters unique. Depending on the grade level, we can also look at what makes characters suitable for children compared to those in adult books. Kids will be given some time to come up with their own characters and then share them with the class. And there is always time given for a Q and A...you just never know what kids want to know until they are given the chance to ask.

WORKSHOP THREE With Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane)
Suitable for: Year 8 to Adult
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Overview: Writing - it's not just about punctuation and grammar and it's nothing like writing an essay. It's mostly about imagination and getting ideas from your mind onto the page. Where does the inspiration come from? How do you start? More importantly, how do you get to the end? This workshop is about writing in general - building worlds, characters, overall plot, style. Kids will be given time to come up with an idea they think they would like to write about and share it with the class. The students will be encouraged to be true to themselves since as a writer you quickly realize you can't please all of the people, at best you will please some of the readers some of the time. As always there is time for a Q and A - usually the most entertaining part of any workshop in Jane's opinion.

WORKSHOP FOUR With Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane)
Suitable for: Year 7 to Adult
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Overview: Like most movies, books generally have a message embedded in them. Sometimes these morals are obvious and other times not. This workshop is based on the overall theme of books. Largely using her own books as examples, Jane leads discussions with kids on what they learn from the books and what they think about the ideas put forth. Topics covered may include overcoming fear, friendship, our own uniqueness as well as more global concerns such as the health of our planet or where we are going as a society.  All of this relates to the written word and how we as authors use it to influence our readers.