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Speaker Profile - Steve Heron


Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: No
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Steve has a passion to power hope in children especially through children’s literature. His love of picture books is shown by his extensive collection.

Steve craves to write quality picture books and novels that engage children, at the same time assist them with things life can throw at them.

He aspires to keep it real and unreal for kids in his books.

In 2015 Steve completed a Diploma of Children’s Writing and Publishing with The Australian College.

A member of SCBWI and ASA since 2014.

Attended the 2014 and 2016 SCBWI conferences in Sydney and well as many other writer events.

Steve founded Nurture Works Foundation and developed the acclaimed ‘BUZ - Build Up Zone’ social and emotional programs and initiatives used in many schools throughout WA.

He recently retired from 40 years of pastoral work with children to focus on writing.

Steve’s first middle grade novel ‘Maximus’ was published by Serenity Press in early 2018 and first Picture Book with a trade publisher ‘Te Hui’s Lantern’ contract to be signed with Midnight Sun Publishers also in early2018

In 2015, Steve was nominated in the Australian of the Year Awards Local Hero Category for Western Australia and 2015 Finalist in the Western Australian of the Year Awards, community section.

In 2016, he was listed in the Queen’s Birthday honors and received an Order of Australia Medal for contribution to the social and emotional wellbeing of children.

Steve is also a champion of the Liddle Things, as seen through his photography and writing.

Presentation Description:

1. Wings - Moving From Sucks to Unsucks (10 to 12 year-olds) (1 hour)
   - An emotional literary escapade based on the book 'MAXIMUS'. A presentation that helps middle-grade children not be alone with their feelings, helping them explore the tough stuff in their life through writing. Sometimes you need a special friend to give you wings ... Will an encounter with a surprising new feathered friend and the reliability of old ones help Mitch get his mojo back?
2. Don't Press My Buttons (7 to 9 year-olds) (1 hour)
    - A journey through feelings based on the (yet to be published) book 'Don't Press My Buttons'. Branson is born with one button but soon grows more. Problems occur when Branson lets others press his buttons. One day he decides to be the boss of his own feelings and master of his own buttons. 
This presentation explores significant principles of emotional intelligence, body language and self-regulation. The presentation takes these concepts and crafts them in a fun way that children can embrace. Includes singing, writing, and button pressing.
3. Balancing the Power - PD for School Staff and Conference Speaker (1 hour)
    - A resilient child is a positive learner.
    - A presentation on antibullying, relationships, conflict resolution and resilience.
    - Helping schools/classes develop a culture of respect and social/emotional wellbeing.
(The same presentation is adapted for parent workshops 1.5 hrs)