Victoria Carless

Victoria Carless

Victoria writes works of fiction and for theatre. Her novel for young adults, The Dream Walker, was nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards and was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable book for older readers.

Her first book for middle grade readers, Gus and The Starlight, was published in 2022, and was shortlisted for best children’s fiction in the Aurealis Awards.

Lani and the Universe is her latest book. It celebrates the magic in nature, science and in our every day.

Victoria lives in Brisbane with her family and a very silly cat.



Write your way out of this one

Work with Victoria to draw on your funny, embarrassing and wonderful moments to create stories your friends will want to read.

Suitable for Grades 5 and up.

Bones in the garden: writing for performance

Here we will look at character, form, structure, language and symbol to develop your haunting new work.

Suitable for Grades 10- 12 and adults. May be tailored for beginning or intermediate writers as well as masterclasses.

Victoria welcomes your invitation to deliver workshops at your school or event and can tailor content to your topic.


The wonky goat track: my pathway to publication

Hear one writer’s take on staying the course

Suitable for grades 8-12 and adults

Regional lives, regional stories

Inspired by the richness of the regions? Be stirred to write the small town, big-hearted story you were born to tell

Suitable for grades 8-12 and adults

Literature and early literacy

Some notes on mothering and writing (or what I learnt reading Noni the Pony for the 100th time)



  • Victoria Carless was the perfect fit for our senior school students during Book Week. Despite the fact that Victoria was speaking to audiences of more than 200 students, Victoria has the ability to present as if she’s speaking to each student directly. She is genuine, humble and honest as she takes students through the story of her life to showcase the trials and tribulations of being an author and playwright. Victoria ensured that her presentation had ample time for questions and her answers to the questions were thoughtful and meaningful to each student. I have had several teachers, following Victoria’s presentations, approach me to share that students have been inspired and positively provoked by Victoria’s sessions. Most impressive is that Victoria spent her lunchtime surrounded by students who loved her presentation and wanted to share and learn more from her. We thank Victoria for her time and would gladly have her back to present again.

    A.B. Paterson College - September 2022

    A.B. Paterson College - September 2022
    Victoria Carless
  • Victoria was a wonderful addition to our Literary Festival this year. She engaged fully with the boys and offered many insights into the writing process and how to create intrigue and drama within a story. The boys were fully engaged, particularly in the playwrighting workshops.

    Ambrose Treacy College - April 2022

    Ambrose Treacy College - April 2022
    Victoria Carless


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Victoria Carless