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'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
Each presentation had every student engaged. She really knew how to present to the children. The feedback from parents was fantastic. The children had gone home and told their parents how fantastic the presentation was. Great messages for the students about the writing process.
Cannon Hill State School - April 2021Cannon Hill State School - April 2021Samantha Wheeler
Samantha tailored her presentation for each year level, in consultation with teachers. Her presentations were highly engaging and well received by students. Samantha taught the students some practical writing skills that they were then able to use in their own writing. It was wonderful for the students to work with our local author during their writing tasks.
Gumdale State School - March 2021Gumdale State School - March 2021Samantha Wheeler
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