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.
For other areas in Australia 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 a current show that I’m doing:
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?
May 8th-10th: Newington Festival of Literature, Newington College
May 20th: Wallan Public School
May 22nd: Al-Taqwa College
May 23rd: Dandenong High School
May 28th-29th: Puffin Tour with R.A Spratt: Campbelltown and Southern Highlands
May 30th: Mt Colah Public School
May 31st-June 2nd: CBCA National Conference, Canberra
June 4th-7th: Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival
June 24th-28th: Puffin Tour with R.A Spratt: Orange, Blue Mountains and Sydney
July 9th: Hills Shire Library, writing workshop
July 10th: Hawkesbury Library, writing workshop 2-3pm
July 12th: Westwords School Holiday writing workshop with Nat Ammore! 10-3pm
July 18th-19th: Voices on the Coast Festival
July 22nd: Mundubbera State School
July 24th: Woongarra S.S
July 26th: Our Lady of the Way School, Petrie
July 27th: Berkeleow Books, Leichhardt, Junior Book Club for Don’t Follow Vee (Grades 5 and 6), 3:30pm
August 12th-13th: Carlingford West P.S
August 10th: Love your bookstore day, Children’s Bookshop Beecroft
August 13-14th: Carlingford West P.S
August 14th: International Grammar School, Ultimo
August 15th: Asquith P.S
August 16th: Illawarra Grammar
August 17th: Writers Unleashed Festival, Gymea Workers
August 21st: Xavier College
August 24th: Blue Mountains Writers Festival
August 26th: Wahroonga P.S
August 27th: North Sydney Demo School
August 28th: Bonnyrigg P.S
August 29th: Kellyville Ridge P.S
August 30th: St Vincent’s, Ashfield
September 2-4th: Melbourne Writers Festival, schools program
September 5-6th: Brisbane Writers Festival, Wordplay schools program
September 9th: Gosford P.S
September 10th: Claremont College
September 11th-14th: Write around the Murray festival
September 15th: Florade event with Mick Elliott, 11am in Canberra!
September 16th-18th: Wattle Grove P.S
September 19th: NB Young Writers Comp award ceremony, Dee Why 6:30pm
October 21-25th: Devonport, TAS tour