Events

For schools in NSW, contact Lateral Learning on bookings@laterallearning.com.au

For schools in VIC and QLD, contact Booked Out on bookings@bookedout.com.au

    

For other areas in Australia and abroad, please contact me.

I’m available for speaking at schools, doing author talks and writing workshops. I’m happy to speak for ages 8 to 15 (grades 4 to 9) and can do anything from small groups to whole grades.

Author Talk topics

These author talks usually go for 45 minutes with 10-15 minutes for questions OR a reading.

My talk can cover a range of topics within the session, these topics include:

  • The writing process: How my books are made, from the idea to the publication itself.
  • The inspiration: How did I get started as a writer, and where did my ideas come from?
  • The beginning: Did I always wanted to be a writer as a kid? How did my teachers inspire my stories?
  • Behind the books: Starting with Thai-riffic!, I show how I draw ideas from my own life and put them into my books.
  • All about Thailand: How my own cultural background influences my stories (ideal for Harmony Day and other multicultural events)

Writing workshop descriptions

My writing workshops usually go for an hour, but can modified up to 2 hours, or even a whole day session (for writers who are keen).

I offer two workshops. Some of the content may overlap in both workshops.

WRITING HUMOUR: IT’S NOT THAT HA HA HARD
Everyone has a sense of humour but does your humour make any sense? Oliver will go through some techniques of how to come up with some ideas for jokes, weird characters and wacky story lines. There’s a little bit of drawing from your own experiences, actual drawing of characters and more. Discover how easy it is to inject some laughs into your writing.
FIRE UP YOUR WRITING: BRAINSTORMING IDEAS FOR STORIES
Want to write great stories but don’t know where to start? Oliver will take you through some brainstorming methods of how to gather ideas for characters and plots, using personal experiences. There will be 4-5 writing exercises that will help students plan their stories whilst overcoming their own pitfalls to creative writing. Ideal for reluctant writers.
I can cater these workshops to cater for NAPLAN or any school focus.

St Leonard’s College were delighted to have Oliver Phommavanh come and speak with our Year 5/6 students the week after Book Week. Oliver was incredible funny as he shared how his personal stories became inspiration for many of his book or character ideas. He had the audience engaged from start to finish and students are asking can he come back next year! A fantastic experience for our students and especially a small group of reluctant readers who are now asking for his books.
-Jahanna Parry, Library Teacher, St Leonards College, Brighton, August 2018
The students loved Oliver, he was engaging and has inspired the students with their writing and reading his books
-Michelle Logan, Southern Cross Catholic College, August 2018

“Oliver enthralled our students by his very humorous and energetic presentation. Students remained engaged and involved for the full hour and were inspired to read, write and imagine. His writing workshop also captivated students who were focused on improving their skills of developing characters and plot. As many of the students commented, Oliver’s visit was awesome!” 

-Lynette Spies, Burnside Public School, August 2018

Where will I be?

February 8th-9th: Disha Literature Festival, India

February 21st-23rd 2019: Adelaide Fringe Festival (doing stand up comedy!)

February 25th: SCBWI Sydney Conference

March 4th-8th: Harrow International School, Bangkok

March 11th: St Andrew’s International School, Bangkok

March 13th: Chiang Mai International School, Chiang Mai

March 14th: Lanna International School

March 19th-22nd: Storyfest, Gold Coast

March 29th: Thomas Hassall Anglican College

April 4th-5th: Newcastle Writers Festival

April 13th: CBCA High Tea with Our Stars, PRH offices North Sydney, 3:30-5pm

April 16th: Illawarra Grammar

May 1st-6th: Sydney Writers Festival! (including the 5th of May for the Family FUN day)

May 3rd: TLPLC Conference, Coogee

May 8th-10th: Newington Festival of Literature, Newington College

May 20th: Wallan Public School

May 22nd: Al-Taqwa College

May 31st-June 1st: CBCA National Conference, Canberra

June 4th-7th: Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

July 18th-19th: Voices on the Coast Festival

July 24th: Woongarra S.S

August 17th: Shire Writers Festival

August 21st: Xavier College

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August 27th: North Sydney Demo School