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.
VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISITS!
I can do 45 minute videos through Zoom or Skype, streamed straight to your school or class! These can be author talks or tailored writing workshops.
For international schools, festivals and abroad, please contact me.
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)
Here are some example descriptions of some previous shows:
Natural Born Loser: Growing up, Oliver Phommavanh always felt a little weird, left-field or just left out. But like the characters in his books, he wears his nerdy heart on his sleeve and lets his creativity shine. Find out how Oliver became a voice for the nerds, class clowns and crazy kids, and what inspired him to write Thairiffic!, Con-nerd and his latest book, Natural Born Loser.
Life’s Thai-riffic! Oliver Phommavanh still has dreams of being a dinosaur, but he’s happy being an author and comedian for now. Find out where Oliver got his ideas from to create his hilarious books, like Thai-riffic and The Other Christy, as well as his latest books Natural Born Loser and Don’t Follow Vee. Warning, things will get weird and nerdy!
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.
We were delighted to host Oliver Phommavanh for a whole week at Harrow Bangkok. He was awesome! He entertained and inspired students from Year 4 to Year 9 with his action-packed presentations and creative writing workshops. Oliver was astonishingly funny and was able to engage every student in his creative writing activities. He truly ignited and inspired all students with his strategies to capture ideas to develop as writers. We can’t speak highly enough of him .
Jennifer Bell, Harrow Bangkok, March 2019
“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!”
Where will I be?
August 6th: What About Thao Book Launch, 1-3pm, Gleebooks in Glebe
August 8th: Brisbane Boys Grammar
August 9th: St Matthew’s Colombia
August 10th: Kingston State College
August 11th and 12th: MacGregor State High
August 15th: Trinity Grammar
August 16th: St Mark’s Drummoyne
August 17th: Austral PS
August 18th: Penshurst PS
August 19th: Shellharbour HS
August 22nd-26th: Book Week in Melbourne
August 29th: Inner West HS
August 30th: Granville PS
August 31st: Crawford PS
September 5th: Mary Immaculate, Bossley Park
September 6th: CBCA Lunch with the Stars
September 7th: Newcastle Grammar
September 8th: Crawford PS
September 9th: St Phillips, Cessnock
September 12th-18th: Scribbers Festival, WA
September 20th: Galston PS
September 21st: Coowerwull
October 14th: St Mary’s Concord
November 14th and 21st: Cherrybrook Tech HS