Samantha Wheeler studied Agriculture, worked with dairy farmers, and taught science, before writing her first children’s book, inspired by koalas, in 2011. Her books, which include Smooch & Rose, Wombat Warriors, Mister Cassowary, and Turtle Trackers have been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, the Readings Book Prize, The Wilderness Society Environmental Award and the Royal Zoological Society, Whitley Commendation.
Her most recent story, Everything I’ve Never Said, was inspired by her youngest daughter, who has Rett Syndrome and can’t talk. Samantha hopes her books will inspire everyone to speak up and make a difference.
Author Talks and Writing Workshops 2018
General Author Talk
Samantha shares the real-life inspirations behind her much-loved animal books, and shows how you can use your own experiences to write your own exciting stories. 45-60mins: group size to suit you
So, you want to write a story? But the page is blank. Where do you start? How do you finish? Let Samantha help you plan your story so that it starts with a boom, races across the page towards the finish, and comes to a rounded, satisfying end. Become the champion of storytelling in one short workshop that is sure to leave your narrative shining. 60-180 minutes, 30 students max per session
You have something to say, and you’re not afraid to say it? Join Samantha to brainstorm, plan and draft a persuasive argument guaranteed to get results! She’ll cover the use of persuasive techniques, importance of planning paragraphs, and using great transition words to make your writing sing. By the end of this workshop, your argument is sure to grab the attention of anyone who dares to read it. 60 minutes, 30 students max per session
You’re writing a heart racing adventure story and your pencil is nearly flying off the page. Your hero is about to tackle an alien/save the day/win the prize when he says …Oh no! It looks like you could do with some help with that dialogue. Let Samantha show you how to ensure your dialogue adds rather than detracts from your nail biting story. 60 minutes, max 30 students per session
Samantha managed to engage both students and teachers with her talk. She was able to connect her experiences with challenges the students might face with their own writing. We absolutely loved having Samantha visit our school.
Shorncliffe State School - November 2020Shorncliffe State School - November 2020Samantha Wheeler
Absolutely brilliant. I wish we had her speak to the Year 3's as well.
Holy Family Primary School - November 2020Holy Family Primary School - November 2020Samantha Wheeler
Samantha did a wonderful job of tailoring her talk to meet the needs of our students. She came in to meet with us earlier to plan her talk and provided excellent resources. Samantha managed the classes in a positive manner and her talk was very well received by our students.
Gumdale State School - October 2020Gumdale State School - October 2020Samantha Wheeler
Samantha was very engaging with the children. They really enjoyed hearing about her life and how she ended up being an author. They also loved hearing about how she got her story ideas and that a story wasn't just written after one draft. They learnt a lot. The staff were really impressed with her conversation about her daughter. Very gutsy to share. It was wonderful how Samantha signed the books for all our students - they were thrilled about this. They are enjoying reading her books now.
St Thomas' Primary School, Camp Hill - September 2020St Thomas' Primary School, Camp Hill - September 2020Samantha Wheeler
Samantha was brilliant to work with. She was very accommodating of our needs, and a pleasure to have for two days. I would highly recommend her.
St John's Anglican College - November 2019St John's Anglican College - November 2019Samantha Wheeler