Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Alison Stegert


Region: Australia East/New Zealand
Age Levels: 11-13 and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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Thanks to a life of travel and linguistic exploration, my action-packed stories for middle grade readers are infused with adventure, exotic cultures, rich language, and mythological elements

I come from a school counselling background, so I have a strong interest in bibliotherapy and titles with potential to be used pastorally. I grew up in the US, have lived in Italy and Taiwan, and I built my career and raised my family in Australia. 

I'm the ARA of the state of Queensland, a hotbed of kidliterary talent

Presentation Description:
Kids arrive at my writing workshops with an inkling that they might like to write a story or book. They leave with courage to begin writing, a spark of an idea, and skills to keep going.

Workshop topics for older children include:

  • The Amazing, Hair-Raising Fabulous Story Idea Hunt
  • Pre-Writing: What Happens Before "Once Upon a Time..."
  • Wonder Work Out for Flabby Characters
  • Wicked Plotting: The Hows and Whys of Outlining
  • Storytellers Across Time
  • Dear Diary - Creating a Helpful Journalling Habit
  • Word Nerds Rule!