An ex professional tennis player and teacher, Pat Flynn now writes realistic fiction with a dose of humour for 8-16 year olds. The Tuckshop Kid received an Honour Book prize in the 2007 CBCA Book Awards, and his YA novel The Line Formation was released in America in 2008, making the PSLA top forty Young Adult list of 2009.
Pat has visited hundreds of schools presenting to students of all ages. His entertaining talk encourages young people to read and write and provides an insight into the creative process.
His workshop can last from 50 minutes to two days and covers coming up with story ideas, techniques to hook the reader, and editing and proofreading.
Pat also runs workshops for teachers.
Latest books include Get Rich Quick, The Tuckshop Kid, The Toilet Kid and The Trophy Kid.
The Trophy Kid is the companion adventure to the award-winning The Tuckshop Kid – about tennis, tuckshop and tricks of the mind.
In 2009 Pat appeared at the Somerset Festival of Children’s Literature, Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival, Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature and the Brisbane Writer’s Festival.
Hot off the press is My Totally Awesome Story – a new book from Speakers Ink duo Pat Flynn and Peter Carnavas. The book follows 13-year-old Duane as he reluctantly fills his school writing journal with stories about his life – including crashing his motorbike, playing pranks with his best mate Meatball, and chasing the affections of Jackie. Duane illustrates his writing with over 100 funny drawings, and the teacher, Miss Wright, comments on and corrects Duane's work, something he doesn't always appreciate!
Pat's inspiration came from the many writing workshops he's facilitated at schools. 'Young people often write with a lack of self-consciousness that is both endearing and amusing,' Pat says. 'I wanted to capture that natural humour in the novel and also create a book that teachers can use to help students enjoy their writing.'
Click here to find additional resources such as extensive teachers' notes, a book trailer, and a video of Pat reading from the book while Peter illustrates.
Wooloowin State School would like to thank you for the opportunity to have Pat Flynn and Peter Carnavas at our school last night and also for organising Nadia Sunde for the Prep to Year 2 students. We had a wonderful night with the choice comment of the evening coming from the Principal, "I think this should be a yearly event".
Thank you again.
Wooloowin State School, March, 2013.
Pat was amazing at engaging the students into creating their own stories. They were captivated by each spoken word and story he would share. When it came to them writing he gave valid feedback that was relevant to their learning and capabilities. We will be definitely booking Pat in again each year.
Jamboree Heights State School - May 2021Jamboree Heights State School - May 2021Pat Flynn
During COVID-19 lockdown and at home learning Pat went above and beyond so our students were able to access his novel ' Beeware - The Adventures of Danny'. Each week Pat recorded himself reading every story and put it up onto YouTube so our students could access this novel which is amazing.
Jamboree Heights State School - October 2020Jamboree Heights State School - October 2020Pat Flynn
The students absolutely loved meeting Pat Flynn and enjoyed his workshop.
Jamboree Heights State School - July 2019Jamboree Heights State School - July 2019Pat Flynn
The speaker was engaging and the activities he did with the large cohort were appropriate. I asked if they could discuss how to find inspiration for books and writing stories and Pat Flynn was able to meet the brief perfectly.
Burnside State School - May 2019Burnside State School - May 2019Pat Flynn
Pat was very engaging with one of the features of his presentation that I found very informative was his process of writing in which he explained clearly and had students actively participate in.
St John's Anglican College - October 2018St John's Anglican College - October 2018Pat Flynn