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 Wheeler is an excellent speaker for any school interested in engaging students in quality writing. A highly respected published author who can genuinely help students transform their ideas into the written form. Writing narrative or persuasive texts can be a daunting task for even seasoned writers, but Samantha shares ideas and strategies good writers use to get their ideas on the page. Tingalpa State School would gladly book Samantha again.
Tingalpa State School - February 2019Tingalpa State School - February 2019Samantha Wheeler
Samantha was an inspiration to both the staff and students who listened to her presentation. By sharing her story of how she became an author, she provided the students with living proof that their writing is good enough and to never give up. She adapted her talk very well to the younger students in Year 1 and 2 and kept them engaged during the 30 minute session and the other students were enthralled with her passion for conservation and animals. She was a pleasure to work with, very reliable and easy-going and I would highly recommend her to other schools.
St Catherine's Wishart - August 2018St Catherine's Wishart - August 2018Samantha Wheeler
Samantha's presentation on conserving Australian animals was most inspirational and kept the attention of all year levels at our school. She was flexible and adaptable, and the children expressed how interested they found her presentation. Samantha's books flew out of the library, and we ordered additional copies of all titles to meet the demand.
Faith Lutheran College - August 2018Faith Lutheran College - August 2018Samantha Wheeler
Sam Wheeler’s warmth, passion and dedication to making a difference to the world through her written work was an inspiring testimony for the boys. She engaged all classes with her knowledge and obvious interest in the boys and their ideas. Sam was a very easy, flexible school visitor who went out of her way to meet our needs.
"I really want to write my own story now because of her brilliance. Sam’s visit was amazing. She included all her favourite things to do and she showed us all of her books and how she got into writing".
Ioan College - August 2018Ioan College - August 2018Samantha Wheeler
Samantha was excellent in engaging the wide range of audience that we had and in providing sufficient opportunity to interact as well. She was very encouraging and it was a positive experience having her visit our college.
Citipointe Christian College - August 2018Citipointe Christian College - August 2018Samantha Wheeler