Collective Presenters 2022

The Young Writers Collective is our face-to-face program that offers an open and encouraging space for young writers and creatives to learn from award-winning Australian authors and illustrators. It's held here at The Literature Centre in Fremantle and in four Regional WA towns.
Due to current WA COVID guidelines, we've expanded our Young Writers Collective program inclusive of an interactive live stream. As a result, our presenter lineup has for the Young Writers Collective Program in Term 1 and Term 2.
We will continue to offer the Young Writers Collective face-to-face at the Centre on select days, as well as having the option to join in on an interactive Livestreamed Workshop. For detailed timetables and more information visit our Young Writers Collective page.

Our 2022 lineup is unlike anything we've released before! Scroll down to read about our diverse range of presenters for the year.

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Term 1 - Cristy Burne

Cristy works at the intersection of science, technology, creativity and storytelling. Her latest books include Beneath the Trees, Aussie STEM Stars: Fiona Wood and Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows, co-written with Denis Knight.

Term 2 - Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. Mark's books include The History Mystery series, Ned Kelly and the Green SashJandamarra with Terry Denton and The Legend of Moondyne Joe with Frane Lessac. His award-winning books about Australia's history have been published around the world. His newest book, Ancient Wonders comes out in February 2022.

Term 3 - Kathryn Lefroy

Kathryn is a screenwriter that has stories in her blood. Kathryn’s most recent book Alex and the Alpacas Save The World was shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 WA Premier’s Award, and the 2020 WA Young Readers Book Awards. The sequel, Alex and the Alpacas Ride Again is out in May 2022.

Term 4 - James Foley

James Foley makes picture books, middle-grade novels, and comics for kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc: BrobotDungzillaGastronauts and Chickensaurus. His latest book, Stellarphant, was released in 2021.

Term 1 - Aśka

Aśka is an energetic visual storyteller, comic maker. She has illustrated the recently published Stars in our Eyes. As well as This is NOT a Book and The Eco Rangers series.

Term 2 - HM Waugh

HM Waugh's books mix her love of the wild, science and stories. Her high mountain fantasy The Lost Stone of SkyCity was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, her YA novel Evacuation Road is a CBCA Book Awards 2022 Notable, and her new Sci-Fi duology starts in 2022 with Mars Awakens.

Term 3 - Brian Falkner

Brian wanted to be an author ever since he was a child. Brian has written over 20 books for young adults and is the author of Katipo Joe Series, and the popular novel Brainjack.

Term 4 - Davina Bell

Davina Bell is a writer for young people of many ages, and a children’s book editor. Her award-winning and Notable picture books include All the Ways To Be Smart, All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors, and Oh Albert!  Davina's, The End of the World is Bigger than Love was the winner of the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers. Her most recent picture book, Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day came out in November 2021.

Term 1 - Alexander Thorpe

Alexander Thorpe is from Fremantle, Western Australia. Alex has written for news outlets, travel journals, marketing companies, and educational providers. Death Leaves the Station is his first novel.  

Term 2 - Holden Sheppard

​Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys won multiple accolades, including the 2019 West Australian Premier's Prize.

Term 3 - Mark Smith

Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s west coast and has surfed for 45 years. His debut novel, The Road to Winter, was shortlisted for multiple awards and is taught in schools around Australia. The sequel, Wilder Country, won the 2018 Australian Indie Book Award for YA. Mark's most recent book, If Not Us is his latest book was published in September 2021.

Term 4 - Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen. The First ThirdThe Sidekicks was written for young adults.

Young Writers Collective in the WA Regions

The WA Regions will not be missing out! The Young Writers Collective will be travelling to host schools in Albany, Busselton/Bunbury, and Geraldton. It's not too late, you can still enroll your student or child in the program for the regions.

Scroll down to read about our diverse range of presenters travelling to a host school near you.

Term 1 - Meg Caddy

Meg Caddy is a part-time bookseller and a full-time nerd. Their fantasy novel Waer was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize and the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Award, and their historical fiction Devil’s Ballast was shortlisted for the 2020 Readings YA Book Prize.

Term 2 - Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. Mark's books include The History Mystery series, Ned Kelly and the Green SashJandamarra with Terry Denton and The Legend of Moondyne Joe with Frane Lessac. His award-winning books about Australia's history have been published around the world. His newest book, Ancient Wonders comes out in February 2022.

Term 3 - Aśka

Aśka is an energetic visual storyteller, comic maker. She has illustrated the recently published Stars in our Eyes. As well as This is NOT a Book and The Eco Rangers series.

Term 4 - Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning multidisciplinary creator and consultant. Her books include The Incredible Freedom MachinesKindred and Bindi

Term 1 - Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. Mark's books include The History Mystery series, Ned Kelly and the Green SashJandamarra with Terry Denton, and The Legend of Moondyne Joe with Frane Lessac. His award-winning books about Australia's history have been published around the world. His newest book, Ancient Wonders comes out in February 2022.

Term 2 - Kate McCaffery & Holden Sheppard

As an English teacher, Kate decided to write books that students would want to read, and she succeeded. Her books have been translated into multiple languages and are loved worldwide. She is the author of five award-winning novels for young adults: Destroying Avalon, In Ecstasy, Beautiful Monster, Crashing Down and Saving Jazz.

​Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys won multiple accolades, including the 2019 West Australian Premier's Prize.

Term 3 - Brian Falkner

Brian wanted to be an author ever since he was a child. Brian has written over 20 books for young adults and is the author of Katipo Joe Series, and the popular novel Brainjack.

Term 4 - AJ Betts

A.J. Betts is a Western Australian author of young adult fiction. ​Her books include the duology Hive and RogueZac & MiaWavelength, and Shutterspeed

Term 1 - AJ Betts

 A.J. Betts is a Western Australian author of young adult fiction. ​Her books include the duology Hive and RogueZac & MiaWavelength, and Shutterspeed

Term 2 - HM Waugh

HM Waugh's books mix her love of the wild, science and stories. Her high mountain fantasy The Lost Stone of SkyCity was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, her YA novel Evacuation Road is a CBCA Book Awards 2022 Notable, and her new Sci-Fi duology starts in 2022 with Mars Awakens.

Term 3 - AJ Betts

A.J. Betts is a Western Australian author of young adult fiction. ​Her books include the duology Hive and RogueZac & MiaWavelength, and Shutterspeed

Term 4 - Jackie French

Jackie's writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas. Her notable works include Rain Stones, Somewhere Around the Corner, Hitler's Daughter, Diary of a Wombat and To the Moon and Back.

Find out more about Young Writers Collective timetables, the fee and what to expect HERE
To register students in the program simply email writers@thelitcentre.org.au or contact the Centre by phone (08) 9430 6869.