‘If a minute is ever lonely, I’ll keep it company.’
I fill my Writer’s Clock with:
- Writing Workshops for Adults & Children
- Literary Festivals (throughout Australia and overseas)
- Book Week appearances
- Authors in School presentations
- Book shop story time sessions and signings
- Children’s Writers’ Camps – Write Like an Author presenter
- Presentations and seminars for professional foundations and organisations: Probus, Rotary, Writers’ Groups
- Radio interviews ABC Gold Coast Radio segment presenter
- Podcasts – Authors’ Shelf
- Literary Competition judging – FAWQ
- National Blogging and Media Coordinating for SCBWI Sydney Conference 2016 and 2019
- Books in Homes Role Model volunteering
- Reviewing and sharing Kids’ Lit
- Leading a sterling team of reviewers for Kids’ Book Review as Managing Editor
I would be thrilled to visit your school, library, bookshop or any literary event celebrating reading and writing. Encouraging little kids and big kids to challenge their imaginations and unleash the writer within whilst illustrating the significance of the art of story lies at the heart of all of my presentations. (I occasionally tell really funny lame jokes, too.)
My experience in creating children’s content for a variety of multi media story telling platforms (and its relationship to core curricula) ensures that I can adapt and tailor workshops and presentations to suit tech savvy Gen Z youngsters and adults keen to flex their writing muscle, alike.
BOOKINGS – To engage me to engage your audience please contact:
Speakers Ink literary speakers’ agency
Greenleaf Press writing services and events
Email me direct
For more details on workshop and presentation content, download my Author Talk Sheet.
There were lots of positive comments from participants, praising Dimity’s lively and clear presentation, her creative writing ideas and helpful suggestions. I’d highly recommend Dimity as a presenter, especially for Primary Schools in the area of creative writing.
Marj Osborne Aquinas College Reading Roadshow in March 2012
I found the material that was presented has already been very useful. I have implemented the RAFT activity as a warm up in the Learning Enhancement Centre… and several of my students could not wait to commence the task. Many of these students are reluctant writers and yet they are engaged and wanting to use their imaginations. A very worthwhile activity.
Narelle McBride Aquinas College Reading Roadshow in March 2012
Great with children…enthusiasm and passion for writing is clearly evident. Could articulate the relationship between a book and its reader so well. Gave all the information that the children need to become successful writers.
Helensvale branch library, Gold Coast September 2013
Engaged so well with your audience and (you) showed us practical ways to create great story ideas from our life experience. Thank you for your creative efforts! They were certainly appreciated.
Claire Ryan Central QLD Literary Festival June 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed your session – it was the highlight of the day, for me.
Julann Chippendale Central QLD Literary Festival June 2014
I found your enthusiasm for writing delightfully infectious.
Rusty Hunt Central QLD Literary Festival June 2014
Our students really enjoyed your presentation. It was very exciting to see an author who could actually engage with students and could talk to them at their level.
Helen Davidson Miami State School Authors in Schools Program June 2015
I and the children took away a lot from your great presentation. Your passion for writing was evident and the students I brought were indeed privileged.
Helen Derrington Benowa State School Authors in Schools Program June 2015
Very apparent (that) the students found the evening to be extremely beneficial, our best yet.
Brian Grimes Business Industry Dinner A. B. Paterson College April 2016
Everyone had a wonderful experience…that was apparent from the significant number of people that remained behind to ask questions and discuss aspects with you.
Robina branch library Gold Coast May 2016
It was great to speak to you about your work and how it is changing and morphing everyday. It was great to speak to someone in a similar creative industry in order to put mine into perspective.
Bailey Eales Year 12 Student Business Industry Dinner A. B. Paterson College Gold Coast May 2017
The best thing was when we learned how to make stories more suspenseful and when we always played Story Sports at the end of the day.
Trinty Hirst, Write Like An Author Writing Camp, Nudgee College July 2017
I enjoyed learning new writing techniques and found that this helped improve my work a lot. The most useful thing was the character development.
Claudia Birrer, Write Like An Author Writing Camp, Nudgee College July 2017
I learned new things that I never knew from Dimity and Angela.
Caitlin Mason, Write Like An Author Writing Camp, Nudgee College July 2017
Some of our littlest learners enjoyed listening to a real-life author talking about how she writes books. Our Year 1 students learnt about what it means to be a author, where she gets her ideas from, her real life experiences and how these relate to her stories and many other things. They also asked some very good questions. Marilyn Fry TL, Book Week, John Paul College August 2017
Dimity was very entertaining, lots of valuable information. (I) would love to attend more of Dimity’s workshops. Sharron Alexiou, Creative Writing (adult) Workshop November 2017
Well-delivered information, enthusiastic and vibrant. Tamara Whitby, Creative Writing (adult) Workshop November 2017
Had such a great time…I learnt a lot. Anna Pyromallis, Creative Writing (adult) Workshop November 2017
It was so wonderful to see how engaged the kids were with you and your story this morning. We were over the moon with the event and you were integral in it being such a success! Laura Miller pp Simone Crowther, BEAR Book Engagement and Reading program launch, Carey Lane ELC – St Hilda’s School June 2018
It was definitely an awesome session and I learnt so much. I also gained some real world knowledge which is very difficult to come by in the classroom. Caitlin – Literary Legend, 40th Meanjin Holiday Writers’ Camp July 2018
The best and most useful thing about camp was how to make story goals more interesting. The camp gave me all the information I needed. Hannah, Write Like An Author Camp Somerset College July 2018
We learnt a lot of new writing techniques…like that you have to punish your characters to make your story interesting! Aditya, Write Like An Author Camp, Somerset College July 2018
Dimity was a popular author who supported our Authors in Schools Program, which I organised during my time on committee with the Gold Coast Writers Association. She holds children in a spell as she story tells. Gary Ivory, former Principal Palm Beach State School September 2018
I loved seeing everything come together with the story. It was lots of fun! I learned what dialogue means and lots of other interesting words that helped me understand the concept of writing. I loved it…totally awesome! Nicole, Write Like An Author Camp, Beenleigh State School September 2018
Dimity was an excellent teacher and I learnt so many new writing tools. Annabelle, Write Like An Author Camp, Beenleigh State School September 2018
The best thing about the camp was getting the opportunity to work with an author and learning about Show, Don’t Tell. Laurence, Write Like An Author Camp, Beenleigh State School September 2018
I learned how to further enhance my creative writing and how to develop an advanced story line and interesting characters. Lily, Write Like An Author Beenleigh State School September 2018
Your incredible work with the Roving Reporters was just that … incredible. Smooth, inclusive, organised and wonderful. … everyone loved the readings after each session. Your reading was loved and it sounded just right.Thank you so much for your professionalism, creativity and joy. Susanne Gervay Creating Creative Writers for Proficient Teachers PD Day part of the SCBWI 2019 Conference
Great workshop and judging by the feedback the kids enjoyed it and the stories you read. Jenny Stubbs President Book Links QLD Young Writers Short Story School Holiday Workshop July 2019
Thank you so much! The kids loved it. … and the teacher feedback was equally as good. We will definitely have you back. N Stephens Year 2 Teacher Mansfield State School November 2019
Your professionalism is exemplary. Alison Stegert QLD ARA SCBWI QLD Australia East NZ as emcee and panel moderator for SCBWI QLD State Conference November 2019