Michelle Worthington, Children's Author, Professional Speaker, Skype Workshops, Book Fairy
A Real-Life Book Fairy
Michelle Worthington is a real-life book fairy. Her magic powers include turning coffee into award-winning picture books published all over the world. As founder of Share Your Story Australia, she waves her wand to coach aspiring authors achieve their dreams of publication. She flies around from Canberra to New York sprinkling her dynamic brand of fairy dust over audiences. Whether she’s a fairy, a mermaid, a pirate, or an elf — Michelle celebrates empowering people to dream big.
Her inspiration for school visits, professional speaking engagements, and writing workshops is to allow aspiring creatives to have a voice, allow participants to ask questions in a non-confrontational and educational environment, and to engage a community of like-minded people to come together in real life to celebrate and support each other.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
International award-winning children's author Michelle Worthington released her first children's picture book in November 2011. Michelle grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and has always enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with others. She believes in the benefits of sharing quality time with children by reading them bedtime stories. Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts, she has travelled extensively and enjoys learning about new cultures and sharing new experiences.
An energetic and dynamic storyteller, Michelle is dedicated to encouraging a strong love of reading and writing in young children. She conducts author visits at primary and special schools, libraries, and bookstores. She also leads publishing workshops for adults. She especially enjoys meeting people through her speaking engagements for women's groups and charities.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
The Bedtime Band was released with Wombat Books in November 2011. The Pink Pirate was partner published by Little Steps Publishing in July 2012 and was a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards for Paperback Picture Books. Yellow Dress Day was released by New Frontier Publishing in September 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Crichton Award. It featured at the 2014 Bologna Book Fair as an example of Australian picture book illustration. It is a featured book on Play School, read by Justine Clarke. Start of the Ocean was published by Wybble Books in 2014. Each the Same was published in US and UK by Ambassador Publishing and was a finalist in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards and winner of the 2014 International Book Awards for Hardcover Children’s Picture Book. Hootie the Cutie was released by New Frontier in May 2014 and was the winner of the 2015 International Book Awards for Hardcover Children’s Picture Book. Possum Games was released in 2014 by Wombat Books. Noah Chases the Wind was released by Redleaf Press in the US and internationally in March 2014. It was awarded a Silver Moonbeam Award and Gelett Burgess Award in 2015 for Children’s Literature. My Brother Tom was released by Dragontales Publishing in November 2015. It was a finalist in the 2016 Book Excellence Awards. The World’s Worst Pirate was published by Little Pink Dog Books in 2017 and was a 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Notable. Glitch was published by Ford Street Publishing in 2017 and was a 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Notable. The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru and Malibu and the Naughty Elf were published by Big Sky Publishing in 2017. Pugs Don't Wear Pyjamas was released by New Frontier Publishing in March 2018.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Workshop 1: Australian Animals Everywhere
Children will be transported on an exciting adventure and through the magic of storytelling, will meet a host of interesting Australian animals along the way. Inspired by The Bedtime Band and Possum Games, students will create their own animal characters. Learn how to create a little storytelling magic!
Workshop 2: Mischief and Magic
This writing workshop combines fairy tale themes and improvised storytelling with creative writing. Students will explore the elements of fairy tales and narratives, as they follow the prompts inspired by Hootie The Cutie. Settings, good and bad characters, plots, problems, and magical items will be woven into twisted fairy tales. Through oral storytelling and creative writing, they will bring their story to life.
Workshop 3: Tell Me A Story
Since the dawn of time, humans have told stories to each other – powerful stories about their life experiences and funny stories to entertain their friends and family. This workshop combines writing and performing arts to engage children in the art of story creation inspired by The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru and Glitch and uses these as springboards for developing original and interesting innovations. Because these stories have similar patterns and make use of repetition and rhyme, the student’s innovations will lend themselves easily to inspire children to tell a story that reveals something about themselves.
Workshop 4: Choose Your Own Adventure
Choose your Own Adventure is a creative writing format that puts the writer straight into the heart of story. Inspired by Noah Chases the Wind and Yellow Dress Day, the decisions these young writers make, and the options they choose, will determine exactly how their particular adventure story unfolds. Children will need to generate a host of creative ideas, as well as apply logic and higher order thinking skills to weave their way through the writing process and solve the problems that arise. Both sides of the brain will get a workout here! Activities are designed to extend childrenʼs creative writing and thinking skills, as well as inspire a love of language and storytelling.
Workshop 5: It’s a Pirate Party
What would happen if you found a chest of interesting objects and treasures? What clues might these things give you about the pirate who owns this bag? We read two different pirate stories, The Pink Pirate and The World’s Worst Pirate to help children create characters, describe settings, plot an exciting story and start making their very own book.
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