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Thu, 08 July


Better Read Than Dead

School Holiday Writing Workshop with Oliver Phommavanh and Catherine Pelosi

Learn to create unforgettable villains and write with wit and humour, alongside two of our favourite kid's authors!

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School Holiday Writing Workshop with Oliver Phommavanh and Catherine Pelosi
School Holiday Writing Workshop with Oliver Phommavanh and Catherine Pelosi

Time & Location

08 July 2021, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Calling all budding writers, aged 7-12!  Join us for our next School Holiday Writing Workshop with authors Oliver Phommavanh and Catherine Pelosi.

Schedule for the Day:

9.45am - 10am - Drop off and registration

10am - 12pm - Writing Humour Workshop with Oliver Phommavanh

12pm - 1pm - Supervised lunch at Camperdown Rest Memorial Park (weather permitting) and reading time

1pm - 3pm - Creating Unforgettable Villains Workshop with Catherine Pelosi

Please bring along a packed lunch and water bottle. All other materials will be provided. 

About the Writing Humour: It's Not That Ha Ha Hard Workshop

Everyone has a sense of humour but does your humour make any sense? Oliver will go through some techniques of how to come up with some ideas for jokes, weird characters and wacky story lines. There’s a little bit of drawing from your own experiences, actual drawing of characters and more. Discover how easy it is to inject some laughs into your writing.

About the Creating Unforgettable Villains Workshop


About Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with kids, using his experience as a primary school teacher. Oliver has performed at various comedy and writers festivals around Australia and Asia. Oliver’s recent books include Brain Freeze, Don’t Follow Vee and Natural Born Loser, and he is best known for Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd and The Other Christy.

About Catherine Pelosi

Catherine is the Sydney-based author of middle-grade novel, Quark’s Academy and picture book, Something for Fleur. She adores teaching writing to young people and has been a speaker at several events including the Sharjah Children's Festival - twice, CBCA events, as well as writing festivals including Writers, Unleashed. Children’s books, in Catherine’s opinion, are the best. They are the ones that shape us, give us hope, help us find our place in the world…and, take us away to wonderful places. They can also be read by everyone, which she loves.


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    Includes a book of your choice by one of our two authors

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    Includes two books of your choice - one by each author!

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