Dimity Powell

Dimity Powell

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Motivational

Dimity Powell is an award winning children’s author and Kids’ Lit reviewer who has been around the world a couple of times, or maybe more.

Her words appear in school magazines, anthologies for children, on line, as immersive digital narrative, in junior novels, in picture books and as creative content for children’s apps, one of which, Circus School features in Virgin Australia’s inflight kids’ entertainment program.

Her choose-your-own-adventure styled digital narrative for the Story City app, The Chapel of Unlove was Shortlisted in the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards 2016. Her short story, Concrete Boots won First Prize in the 2016 Charlotte Duncan Award. You can view more of her notable achievements, here.

Dimity’s debut junior novel, PS Who Stole Santa’s Mail? unashamedly celebrates the magic of Christmas. Her poignant picture book, The Fix-It Man graced bookshops across the planet in 2017 with another, At the End of Holyrood Lane due out in 2018. Comprehensive teachers’ notes for The Fix-It Man can be found, here.

Dimity is an experienced and enthusiastic presenter who would be thrilled to visit your school, library, bookshop, or any literary event celebrating reading and writing. Encouraging little kids and big kids to challenge their imaginations and unleash the writer within whilst illustrating the significance of the art of story lies at the heart of all of Dimity’s presentations.

Her experience in creating children’s content for a variety of multi-media story telling platforms (and its relationship to core curricula) ensures that she can adapt and tailor workshops and presentations to suit tech savvy Gen Z youngsters and adults keen to flex their writing muscle, alike.

Dimity believes kids and great stories are life-essentials, like ice-cream. She fills her spare time reviewing the ones she loves (stories that is, not ice-cream flavours) on line at Boomerang Books Blog and at Kids Book Review for whom she is the Managing Editor. She is also a Books in Homes Role Model. Dimity lives on the Gold Coast where dreams sparkle. Discover more at www.dimitypowell.com.

Dimity is adept at:

  • Writing Workshops for Adults & Children
  • Presenting at Literary Festivals (Australia and overseas)
  • Book Week appearances
  • Authors in School presentations
  • Book shop story time sessions and signings
  • Presentations and seminars for professional foundations and organisations: Probus, Rotary, Writers’ Groups

Workshops and Talks can cover:

For adults

  • All aspects of writing for children, including flash fiction, short story, and choose-your-own-adventure style genres
  • Getting kids to read and write – keeping them hooked
  • The benefits of picture books – a look between the lines and behind the pictures
  • The art of story - How to build, promote and sell your work – How to birth a book
  • The keys to creating successful picture books
  • Cross platform multi-media content– Exploring Digital narratives and how to write them
  • Pathways to publication – revealing truths and myths – Getting real with dreams
  • Biblio therapy - its place in children’s literature and the benefits of diversity

For Kids: (5 – 13 years)

  • Tools, Tips, and Tricks of the trade – covering the nuts and bolts components of good story telling with Interactive kids’ writing workshops
  • Metamorphosis – transforming ideas into stories, connecting characters with readers, discovering dialogue, and creating worlds
  • Pathways to publication – revealing truths and myths – Getting real with dreams
  • Be your own hero! - Cross platform multi-media content – Exploring Digital narratives and how to write them
  • The birth of a picture book – using her own as examples – a behind the scenes look
  • The benefits of picture books (upper primary and older teens)

Testimonials

  • The Meanjin writers' camp hosted Dimity Powell recently. Dimity was fabulous and positive feedback was received. The students were very happy.

    Griffith University Meanjin Writers' Camp - April, 2017

    Griffith University Meanjin Writers' Camp - April, 2017
    Dimity Powell
  • Everyone had a wonderful experience…that was apparent from the significant number of people that remained behind to ask questions and discuss aspects with you.

    Robina Branch Library Gold Coast May 2016

    Robina Branch Library Gold Coast May 2016
    Dimity Powell
  • Very apparent (that) the students found the evening to be extremely beneficial, our best yet.

    Business Industry Dinner A. B. Paterson College April 2016

    Business Industry Dinner A. B. Paterson College April 2016
    Dimity Powell
  • I and the children took away a lot from your great presentation. Your passion for writing was evident and the students I brought were indeed privileged.

    Benowa State School Authors in Schools Program June 2015

    Benowa State School Authors in Schools Program June 2015
    Dimity Powell
  • Our students really enjoyed your presentation. It was very exciting to see an author who could actually engage with students and could talk to them at their level.

    Miami State School Authors in Schools Program June 2015

    Miami State School Authors in Schools Program June 2015
    Dimity Powell

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