Melaina Faranda

Melaina Faranda

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Educational consultant

From a barefoot, wild, story-loving kid exploring the creeks and mountains of the living green citadel of the Tweed Caldera, Melaina Faranda grew to write over fifty Young Adult and Children’s books, published nationally and internationally, by major publishers who keep swallowing each other to get bigger. That’s the out-loud public google-it version of her writing career, but she’s equally passionate about teaching and working with young people, helping to foster their creative talent, and be inspired by infinite possibilities. A highly engaging speaker, her workshops and presentations at literature festivals, writers’ centres, and in schools throughout Australia, result in rave feedback and repeat-invitations.

Presentations and Writing Workshops:

The Inner Magician

Duration - 1-1.5 hours

Suitable for all ages from Grade 5 up - Content is tailored to each group.

Writing an imaginative story is not a linear process, with the best and most unique and engaging ideas frequently originating from hidden creative deeps. This workshop teaches students a variety of techniques to access their own imaginative depths, through a series of specific portals into story ideas. Especially useful for NAPLAN preparation!

Topics Covered:

  • How the imagination works
  • Stream-of-consciousness writing for warming up
  • How to get ideas through a variety of stimuli including: objects, the senses, and random words and images

Curriculum Outcomes:

  • Writing and representing
  • Thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretatively
  • Expressing themselves
  • Create literary texts that explores students’ own experiences and imaginings
  • Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings
  • Create literary texts by using storylines, characters and settings

 

First Kiss or a Beer Drinking Bear?

Duration – 1 hour

Suitable from Grade 5 up - Content is tailored for each group

This author presentation uses real-life storytelling to teach story writing and telling techniques in a way in which students don’t even realise they're learning. The presentation is a lot of fun, gets the kids laughing, and is especially suited for working with larger audiences. No pen or paper required!

Topics Covered:

  •  What makes an engaging story (and what makes a boring one)
  •  How to make a story memorable through specific details
  •  How to engage a listener or reader using sensory language
  •  How to create a sense of interest and intrigue about what will happen next

Curriculum Outcomes:

  •  Speaking and listening
  •  Writing and representing
  •  Thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretatively
  •  Expressing themselves

 

Written on the Body - Creating Compelling Characters

Suitable from Grade 6 - Content is tailored for each group

This workshop takes a unique approach to discovering a character through a process of segueing back and forth between their character’s inner world of perception and outer sensory experiences. Students will literally write on a drawing they create.

Topics Covered:

  •  Discovering an original character vs inserting stereotypes into a story
  •  Using aspects of their character’s body to reveal and record their experiences
  •  Distinguishing between the character’s exterior sensory world and perceptions of it
  •  Learning how to use their character’s inner and outer world to create a story plot

 Curriculum Outcomes:

  •  Writing and representing
  •  Thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretatively
  •  Expressing themselves
  •  Create literary texts that explores students’ own experiences and imaginings
  •  Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings
  •  Create literary texts by using storylines, characters and settings

 

Choose Your Own Curriculum-Connected Adventure...

Duration 1 - 1.5 hours

Suitable for all stages - Content is tailored for each group

Having worked as a schoolteacher for over twenty years, along with delivering hundreds of writing workshops throughout Australia, Melaina is able to create bespoke workshops to specifically fit with your areas of study and curriculum needs.

Topics Covered:

  •  Whatever is the focus and priority for your students!

 

 

Testimonials

  • Melaina was an excellent choice as author-in-residence for 2 days recently. We gave her the brief to assist our Year 9 boys in beginning their Mystery narrative writing assessment. Melaina encouraged the Year 9 boys to develop their plot and use hook sentences to "get the reader in" and strong verbs to improve their writing. Melaina's use of entertaining personal stories and imaginative scenarios kept the classes intrigued and inspired to write more. One teacher commented that it was "the most engaged" she had ever seen Year 9 boys with a visiting author. Melaina came very well prepared and engaged with the boys enthusiastically.

    Melaina was also the VIP guest at our Year 5-6 and Year 7-12 book clubs. The boys loved learning about the process involved in becoming a published author and she encouraged all aspiring writers to follow their dreams. Her warm and endearing manner with the boys of all ages was fantastic.


    Iona College - May, 2017

    Iona College - May, 2017
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  • Melaina was an inspiration. From the very beginning of her presentation she kept the student’s attention. We currently have our Book Week display up and are focusing on the slogan ‘ Australia : Story country’. She incorporated it and her storytelling appeared effortless. She challenged the students to analyse the tools she had used. We are now using her techniques in our Book Week classes and are getting the students to continue telling stories around our camp fire.

    Melaina Faranda - St Peters Lutheran College - August 2016

    Melaina Faranda - St Peters Lutheran College - August 2016
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  • We have just completed our Book Week activities and I have a moment to thank you for organising Melaina. The students were engaged and inspired.
    Melaina is a very entertaining speaker and the students responded in a very positive manner.


    Melaina Faranda - St. Andrew - 2014

    Melaina Faranda - St. Andrew - 2014
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  • This is the second year we have had Melaina as a writer-in-residence and her sessions were very well received. Her infectious enthusiasm and deep understanding of her audience and subject matter are a great combination. We shall probably have her back next year.

    Melaina Faranda - The Glennie School, April, 2014.

    Melaina Faranda - The Glennie School, April, 2014.
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  • Melaina’s visit exceeded expectation. We are keen to have a repeat performance around the same time next year if possible so if you can keep us in mind that would be great!!

    Melaina Faranda - The Glennie School, Toowoomba, April, 2013.

    Melaina Faranda - The Glennie School, Toowoomba, April, 2013.
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