We have some amazingly talented presenters and special guests lined up for our 2017 Sunshine Writers Retreat.
Read all about them here!
Read all about them here!
Alex Adsett is a consultant and literary agent offering publishing contract and negotiating advice to authors and publishers. She has more than eighteen years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry in London and Australia, and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008.
As a literary agent, Alex concentrates on fiction manuscripts including SFF, crime and romance, for all ages from picture books to adults. She regularly delivers seminars on copyright and publishing contracts around Australia, and serves on various NFP literary boards including Small Press Network and Queensland Writers Centre.
While Alex is always on the look out for exciting new manuscripts, the Agency is only accepting manuscripts via conference pitching sessions or personal recommendations.
Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates picture books for big people and small people.
His books include Jessica’s Box, Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books, The Boy on the Page and Blue Whale Blues. He worked with Pat Flynn on My Totally Awesome Story and has also worked with Damon Young on My Nanna is a Ninja, My Pop is a Pirate and My Sister is a Superhero.
Peter lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with his wife and two daughters.
Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning Australian children’s author who writes picture books, chapter books and novels. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship, teamwork and environmental themes. In 2015, she won the Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Non-Fiction) for her picture book, Our Class Tiger.
Aleesah has published over thirty books including Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, the Netball Gems Series, the Unicorn Riders Series, the Totally Twins Series, Ash Rover: Keeper of the Phoenix, Little Good Wolf, Puggle’s Problem and Mama and Hug.
Karen Foxlee grew up in Mount Isa, Queensland, and fell in love with writing and books as a child. Despite working most of her adult life as a registered nurse, she never gave up her secret dream of becoming a writer. She’s now an internationally acclaimed author of YA and children’s novels. Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, Karen’s first novel for younger readers, made the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal Best Books of 2014 Lists.
It was also an E.B White Read Aloud finalist. Karen’s much awaited new middle grade novel A Most Magical Girl has just been released.
Rochelle Manners is the Director of publishing house Wombat Books, which also runs the young adult imprint, Rhiza Press. Separately, Rochelle co-manages Novella Distribution.
Rochelle's passion for encouraging emerging Australian authors led to her establishing her publishing imprints. She loves planning new work and new enterprises.
She has also been an author, publisher and teacher and also works with Book Whispers, a consultant for authors interested in independent publishing. When not spending her time producing books she is coming up with new business ideas or spending time with her family.
Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. She is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. Through Gondor Writers' Centre she offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or self-publishing – including manuscript appraisals, edits and writing workshops.
She organises literary festivals and school literary camps for Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs.
She has been published in The School Magazine and has many published childrens books, including picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.
Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released in 2017.
Samantha Wheeler grew up in Africa, where she fell in love with her first tortoise at the age of 6.
She went on to study Agriculture, work with farmers, and teach science, before writing her first children’s book, Smooch & Rose (UQP), inspired by the problems facing Queensland’s koalas. Her subsequent books include Spud & Charli, Mister Cassowary, and Wombat Warriors, which have been shortlisted for various awards.
Samantha lives in Brisbane with her family, two dogs and a horse, and hopes her stories, inspired by the environment, might encourage young people to believe that anyone make a difference.
Michelle Worthington is an internationally published award winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages.
Her goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and encourage reluctant readers to fall in love with books.
Two time winner of the International Book Award for Children's Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children's Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books.