Brian is an award-winning international author and writing coach. He is a highly sought-after speaker in schools around Australia, the US and New Zealand. His infectious enthusiasm, humour and energy make every appearance a popular and memorable one. He is the author of more than twenty novels for children and young adults, published in fifteen countries in seven languages. His most recent YA novel is Katipo Joe - Spycraft. Inspired by true events, Katipo Joe is a story of incredible heroism, unlikely friendships and unbearable tragedy, set against the backdrop of World War II.
I would like to thank you for facilitating the visit of Brian Falkner to my school. I would like to pass on to you, feedback of the event.
I had already seen Brian in action when he visited my school in August 2010. I felt quite confident that he would engage my students and he did not disappoint today. I had another agenda with this event however. As the initial Network event for the Year of Reading, I wanted to set the bar for the other Teacher Librarians. We have often discussed doing joint events and sharing the load of organising an event that would cater for the passionate and talented young readers and writers in our schools.
I discussed via email with Brian my idea of the day workshop being a three act performance. He was very obliging with my requests and today has proved himself, once again, a flexible and engaging speaker. He had two separate audiences of 50 and 80 children, doing two different activities, one following the other. Some authors might feel flustered by such a challenge, however he managed the whole day with a calm and professional attitude.
Brian did an excellent job of lighting the spark for our writers; he entertained and challenged the year 6 cohort with a Story Sports session and he finished the day with a focus on Improving the Story with the young writers. Some of the ideas that these children shared with us were not only imaginative but quite sophisticated. It really is a joy to see what young writers are capable of when they have a good stimulus, a clear plan and someone who will fan the spark with enthusiasm.
Judging from some of the feedback from my students, it will be extremely hard to keep a copy of Brian's books on my shelves. I also believe that his website, which is quite well designed, will receive a number of hits tonight from children wanting to know more about him. I thank Brian for his efforts today and would heartily recommend him for any school looking for an obliging and engaging speaker.
Corinda State School, March, 2012.
Brian’s talks cover everything from tips for budding writers, to inspiration for reluctant readers, to small drops of wisdom on life, the universe and everything in between, in a visual, irreverent and highly entertaining way.
Write Like an Author
Brian’s ‘Write like an Author’ writing course is a series of practical and fun workshops that take students on a journey of story creation. From a single one-hour workshop, to a full week writing camp (and everything in between), ‘Write like an Author’ will motivate young writers while teaching them the techniques that professional authors use to construct well-crafted, imaginative stories. A series of workbooks that complements the course is available through Brian’s website, www.brianfalkner.com.
StorySports is a bit like TheatreSports but with rapid-fire writing games. Students learn valuable writing skills but won’t even know they are learning, because they are having too much fun! Even the most reluctant writers will be champing at the bit to write in a StorySports tournament.
Book Trailer Workshop
Book trailers are a wonderful way to get students reading, interacting with technology and promoting their favourite books to other students. In this workshop Brian Falkner, internationally renowned author and book trailer specialist, will show your students the ins and outs of creating an amazing trailer for a book.
Check out some of Brian’s book trailers on his website:
This workshop teaches middle-grade students how to write outlines, beat sheets, storyboards, treatments, loglines and of course screenplays. From creating the story to formatting the screenplay, your students will learn the basics they need to start them on their cinematic journey.
Brian is a very engaging author who had students totally focused on his presentation. He shared the process he goes through for writing his stories and left students with ideas about writing their own. A very successful visit.
Wooloowin State School - October 2020Wooloowin State School - October 2020Brian Falkner
Not only were the students very engaged and impressed but also staff - many of whom made a point of commenting positively to me. Brian is certainly excellent with the older students and I have no hesitation recommending him for other schools, particularly secondary.
Redeemer Lutheran College - September 2020Redeemer Lutheran College - September 2020Brian Falkner
Brian was a very entertaining and inspirational presenter, providing very useful tips for budding writers as well as introducing his books to the audience. As a result, copies of his works from the school library have been in great demand.
Shailer Park State High School - August 2020Shailer Park State High School - August 2020Brian Falkner
Brian Falkner is a perfect visiting author – fun and dynamic. He has strong behaviour management skills but still manages to make sessions entertaining. Our boys loved working with him, and presently, we do not have a Brian Falkner book in our library to borrow – always a triumphant sign of a great visiting author.
Toowoomba Grammar School - August 2019Toowoomba Grammar School - August 2019Brian Falkner
-Engaging, funny and insightful. Great advice and guidance for our year 9 writers.
-Brian took the proposal / challenge that I set him for the workshop and applied it perfectly. He addressed the students as professionals and engaged them greatly. His presentation was clear and concise and his inspirational words have encouraged the Year 9 students to write with passion and vigour. We are grateful to him for his flexibility and time. Thank you, Brian!
Sheldon College - March 2019Sheldon College - March 2019Brian Falkner