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Speaker Profile - Sheryl Gwyther


Region: Australia East/New Zealand
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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I'm Sheryl Gwyther, an author from Brisbane, Australia. I write children's novels, school plays, short stories and articles, chapter books, and Flash Fiction for adults. I also love presenting workshops at schools, libraries, literature festivals, SCBWI Conferences and in-school Writer-Residency programs.

My novel, SWEET ADVERSITY, a Mid-grade historical adventure set in the Great Depression in Australia was awarded a SCBWI ARA - Work of Outstanding Progress Grant. It's the first time an Australian has won this award. It was also awarded a SCBWI 
RAM grant in 2018. I've also been a recipient of two Australian Society of Authors' Mentorships and two May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowships.
My role as a SCBWI ARA in Australia allows me to advocate for writers, children's books and literacy.

LATEST NEWS: My middle grade historical adventure, SWEET ADVERSITY will be published by HarperCollins Australia in July 2018.  

Presentation Description:
Sheryl's school sessions are suitable for Preps to Year 8 classes, but can be adapted for High School students. She also leads workshops for adult writing groups or anyone interested in improving writing skills.

This includes writing/reading sessions that ...

  1. Use her books as well as books written/illustrated by others to demonstrate how story ideas are everywhere
  2. Hands-on activities showing how to develop ideas into viable plots
  3. Activities to help create real-life characters
  4. Investigate how historical research can help stories come alive
  5. Explore ways to re-tell narratives through play-writing and graphic stories.