Samantha Wheeler worked with farmers and taught science before writing her first children’s story in 2011. Her books, such as Smooch & Rose, Wombat Warriors, Mister Cassowary, and Turtle Trackers have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including Everything I’ve Never Said, which was inspired by her youngest daughter, who has Rett Syndrome and can’t talk. Her first picture book, Once I Munched a Mango was published as part of the Queensland State Library’s First 5 Forever initiative, designed to promote literacy in little Queenslanders. When not writing, Samantha enjoys horse riding, dog walking and drinking tea with her donkey.
Samantha hopes her books will inspire everyone to speak up and make a difference.
Author Talks and Writing Workshops
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 did a superb job. Her presentations linked well into students' units of work coming up in Term 3. Our Year 2 and 3 students will both be completing information reports on animals. Our senior students will be competing in the 'write a book in a day competition', so the story planning ideas was very useful.
Leichhardt State School - June 2022Leichhardt State School - June 2022Samantha Wheeler
Samantha was an absolute delight and inspiration! Our students, ranging from Year 4 - Year 12, were all engaged by her journey as a writer and her personal stories. There were many requests for her books after the sessions, and the buzz was felt and heard by many teachers. Samantha was great to work with and talk to, very flexible, and a complete professional. I would recommend her to any school or Library group.
Highlands Christian College - June 2022Highlands Christian College - June 2022Samantha Wheeler
Samantha was great with the Year 8 students. Her lessons and commentary around dialogue was very pertinent to the students and she took proactive steps to engage them in the learning process.
St John's Anglican College - April, 2022St John's Anglican College - April, 2022Samantha Wheeler
Samantha's presentations were excellent. She has a beautiful nature and rapport with the staff and students. The stories she shared relating to the background of her books had the students mesmerized. Samantha's writing tip encouraging our students to think "what if?" had the children talking about her presentation back in the classroom. I would highly recommend Samantha for school author visits.
St Mary MacKillop Primary School - September 2021St Mary MacKillop Primary School - September 2021Samantha Wheeler
Samantha was wonderful! She remained calm and positive when our little ones were a little hyped up after Book Week Parade! She was informative and the students really enjoyed learning about why she began writing. It was interesting listening to her story and her love of animals.
Whites Hill State College - September 2021Whites Hill State College - September 2021Samantha Wheeler