Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey

New South Wales

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Educational consultant
  • Interstate

Jacqueline Harvey is an award winning, bestselling Australian children’s author. A highly experienced teacher and presenter, having worked for many years as a teacher and Deputy Headmistress, she has delivered hundreds of talks and workshops at schools and festivals around the world including at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Singapore Writers’ Festival, Hertford Children’s Book Festival and many more.

Her bestselling Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series’ have sold over a million copies in Australia alone, making her one of the country’s most popular authors for children. Her books have received numerous short-listings and awards.

After a twenty-year career in education, Jacqueline resigned from her position as Director of Development at Abbotsleigh in Sydney in November 2012 to become a full time writer and speaker. Since then she has since toured extensively in Australia and overseas, speaking in more than 500 schools and is equally at home working with boys and girls.

Jacqueline has published 30 books for young readers including 14 books in the Alice-Miranda series and 12 Clementine Rose titles.

Harvey 1 Her books have been translated into numerous languages and are available in 80 countries. Alice-Miranda is in development to be made into a 26-part animated television series in partnership with SLR Productions Australia and ZDF Enterprises, Germany. Locally it will be shown on the Nine Network. The first five Alice-Miranda titles are now available as audio books through Audible with Jacqueline narrating. Harvey 2


Jacqueline is an ambassador for Dymocks Children’s Charities and Room to Read.

In her spare time, she loves to play golf. Jacqueline lives in Sydney with her husband and biggest fan, Ian and is stepmother to Olivia.

Jacqueline has developed some flexible workshop programmes as outlined below.  In addition to the workshops she also does general talks about writing and her processes that are very interactive and motivational for students and teachers.

Writing Workshops - Years 2-6, Secondary on request

Jacqueline Harvey’s writing workshops give students opportunities to discuss their ideas, do lots of writing and share their work with others. Focusing on a range of activities, designed to assist young writers to develop their skills and gain an understanding of the writing process, Jacqueline can tailor a program to meet specific curriculum outcomes as required.

PD Programs for teachers - Teaching Writing - Audience K-12

Are you daunted by the prospect of writing a narrative? Do you find it impossible to come up with ideas and the thought of writing for an audience fills you with dread? Then you probably know how a good many of your students feel when they have to produce a story.

As a highly experienced teacher, Jacqueline has spent many years sharing her expertise with teachers on strategies to get their students writing, understanding what good writing is and how you can help your students unleash their creativity. She can tailor PD to suit staff needs and meet curriculum requirements.

Topics and Timing

For these workshops topics covered may include:

  • Finding and developing ideas
  • Creating believable characters
  • Developing plausible plots
  • Using dialogue effectively
  • Understanding the concept of ‘Show, Don’t Tell’
  • Literary devices
  • Super starts and excellent endings
  • Creating a picture book
  • Editing

Ideally workshops will be a minimum of 60 minutes however timeframes can be tailored to suit the program requirements and full day workshops are available

Writing for Children - Adults who want to write for kids - 3 - 6 hours – 6 is optimal

Writing for children is big business. Despite the oft forecast demise of reading, demand for quality children’s books is strong and there has been significant growth in this market over the past few years. If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths, then this course is for you.

Jacqueline Harvey will guide participants through a practical look at writing for children; from goal setting and understanding what you want to achieve, to finding your voice and knowing how to grow your story.

The course will cover everything you need to get started including:

  • Understanding your potential audience
  • Finding and developing ideas
  • Creating believable characters
  • Developing plausible plots
  • Using dialogue effectively
  • Literary devices
  • The importance of editing
  • Advice on getting published
  • The business of being a writer


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