Virtual visit with 120, Year 3, Canberra Grammar School students. A lovely way to wrap up Term One 2020.


COVID-19 and school closures do not need to mark the end of quality Author Visits. We might even hope that these quieter days at home lead to an upturn in reading habits. What better way to embrace an interest in reading than by organising an engaging and educational virtual visit?

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I love school visits! I like to dress up in character, and share my stories with children – it’s one of the perks. I can be booked for school and pre-school visits through the Children’s Bookshop Speakers Agency. website link  

LEPS full assemblyLindfield East Public School

I love talking to students about how I became a children’s author and where I get the inspiration for my writing. I share with the students my writing and re-writing process through the editing stage as well as my experiences taking a book through to publication.

My school visits can take the form of interactive presentations to classes or year groups, writing workshops for Kindergarten to year six students, or full school assemblies.

During my interactive assemblies for K-6 years I use my book; There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book! as inspiration to turn the students into mini detectives to help catch the Baddie. I also use my book Blast Off! – to put the students through their paces as junior astronauts before taking them off on a space adventure.

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“Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed Shelly Unwin’s Blast Off visit. She incorporated ‘hands-on’ interactive space activities alongside an animated reading of her Blast Off book. We were able to use the onomatopoeia words included in her book in our writing. It was a factual, fun and entertaining visit.”

I have worked as a writing mentor for both LEPS and Hunters Hill PS, for the past few years, running full day writing workshops and mentoring the gifted writers to produce a chapter book in a term.

I can be contacted directly through this site or via my speakers agency:

HH Writing team 2017Hunters Hill PS Gifted Writing Team 2017

Shelly has been engaged as a writing mentor with Stage 3 writers at Hunters Hill Public School mentoring the extension creative writing program. 
Shelly began by delivering a full day writing workshop where she shared her expert knowledge of creative writing with 14 students. The day was an engaging learning experience for all of the students involved and they all gained not only skills, but a renewed passion and respect for creative writing. 
From there, Shelly worked with a group of six students to plot and write an 8,000 word chapter book. Shelly guided, supported, encouraged and developed the writers through a rigorous re-writing and editing process over eight weeks, to deliver a wonderful, engaging and cohesive chapter book that we will go on to print and sell to the school community
I worked with Shelly as the teacher liaison for the program. Shelly was understanding, supportive and positive when any and all challenges were presented to us. She understood the limitations of working within a school environment and with children and overcame each with positivity and kindness. She was able to build a strong rapport with the diverse group of writers and illustrators resulting in a positive and creative culture at each week’s meetings. 
Meghan Murray

LEPS Writing team 2017LEPS writing and illustration team 2017.

Shelly has been engaged as a writing mentor with Stage 3 students at Lindfield East Public School, assisting with our Gifted Writers Program. With Shelly’s assistance, the students’ workshopped, wrote and published five short novels. This series of chapter books were then launched and sold to the school community.

I worked with Shelly as the teacher liaison for the program. I was particularly impressed with how Shelly worked with the students as a mentor.  She was able to build a strong rapport with the diverse group of writers and illustrators through her positivity, gentle guidance and encouragement. I believe during the whole process the students were able to realise their writing potential and talent, and that the program will encourage them to seek further creative writing opportunities. Michelle Marquet

“Thanks Shelly, You’ve done another amazing job with our gifted writers and illustrators in 2017!! Kind regards”

Andrew Stevenson Principal

Terry Hills Public School photoTerrey Hills Public School

“I just wanted to say one final thank you for the wonderful afternoon you gave the students of Terrey Hills Public School last week. The staff were so impressed by the quality and preparation that went into your presentation and the parents loved the excitement over reading that was generated. Finally the students are still a buzz and star struck from the experience and are more inspired than ever to read.
Thank you so much for giving so generously of your time and enthusiasm.
With kind regards,

Red Hill Public SchoolRed Hill Public School

July 20_NorthShoreTimes_ELC author visitAbbotsleigh ELC

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