Authors and Illustrators

The Literature Centre has worked with some of Australia’s most awarded and acclaimed Authors and Illustrators since we commenced in 2012.

Within our building, the Centre offers a two bedroom residence for Authors and Illustrators to stay with us while they conduct school sessions, and also while they create.  After all, some of our nation’s top picture books resulted in collaborations formed at our Centre between visiting Authors and Illustrators!  Something we are very proud to nurture and support.

There are a number of ways your students can meet, hear from, or workshop with an Author or Illustrator of children’s and young adult literature.



‘Meet the Author/Illustrator’ Sessions

These popular sessions are a fantastic way for your students to meet a published Author or Illustrator and hear about the process involved in creating their books, how their career began, and what book they will release next.

Duration: 1 hour session.

Suitable: Pre-Primary to Year 12.  Conducted by Author/Illustrator with assistance by Centre staff.

Cost: $9.00 per student.  Maximum 60 students. 

Two hour workshops also available at $18.00 per student.  Maximum 30 students.


EXCURSION POLICY GUIDELINES: The Literature Centre complies fully with the excursion policy guidelines of the WA Department of Education. For details regarding excursions to our Centre, please click on the attachment below.



Author/Illustrator In-Residence

This is a great opportunity whereby an Author or Illustrator will spend 1 day or multiple days working at your school.  The Centre’s Education Officers may also accompany the Author or Illustrator to assist with the running of the workshops.  Call us to discuss your requirements and we will tailor a suitable residency.

Duration: 1 or more days.

Suitable: Pre-Primary to Year 12.  Conducted by Author/Illustrator.

Cost: Please contact the Centre to discuss options.



Talented Young Writers’ Programme (TYWP)

Each term, several groups of students come together for a full day workshop with one of Australia’s top Authors for young adults.  The highly successful TYWP has been expanding steadily over the past 10 years, and incorporates two age groups: Youth Literature Day students (years 9-12) and Young Writers’ Day students (years 7-8).   The Programme is now conducted in 6 locations across WA each school term: Fremantle, Bunbury, Busselton, Albany, Geraldton, and now in Port Hedland and Newman with the support of our Principal Partner, BHP Billiton Iron Ore.

The purpose of the TYWP is to nurture a group of young writers over several years by exposing them to superb Authors, but also enabling them to meet and form friendships with other like-minded readers and writers. The students find these one day workshops informative, practical, intense, inspiring and fun.  The students will have a well developed piece of writing by the end of each workshop.

The Authors who work with us are carefully chosen because of their list of critically acclaimed publications in many genre, a warm and empowering presentation style, different personalities and backgrounds, and a varied approach to the craft of writing.  Each Author is a brilliant teacher of his/her craft.   The Literature Centre's Director or Education Officers manage each day, working alongside the presenting Author.  

There are so many Authors involved in the programme, across six locations in Western Australia.  Please click through to the 'TYWP Writers' section of this website for further details and a timetable.  To register students in the programme or to find out more, please contact the Centre on (08) 9430 6869 or email:

Duration: Students attend 1 day per term, 4 days per year.  A different Author presents to them each term. 

Suitable: Year 7 to Year 12.  Workshops presented by Authors with assistance by Centre staff.

Cost: $110.00 per student, per year  (current 2016)