Author Visits

Saturday, 5 December 2009

I am available to talk to your school or organisation about literacy and reading, self-publishing and the writing and marketing of children's books. I also love to visit schools, centres and libraries to read my children's books, run workshops or do interactive presentations.

For children aged 7 and under, I do interactive book readings; these run for 30 minutes.

For children aged 8 and older, I can do power point presentations on story writing and book creation. I have a variety of interactive book readings, and my history session featuring Australian Story is very popular. These sessions run for 45 minutes.

Please contact me for current rates. I do offer a discount if a book signing can be hosted after my visit - or if order forms can be sent home with kids.

Like any professional, I'm unable to offer my services gratis unless the request falls under a charity event that resonates with me, and I have the time spare. Please do make contact to inquire. I regret I'm unable to mentor or offer advice to upcoming authors.

I am a regular CBCA visiting author for Book Week, have presented at the ACT Writer's Centre and at conferences, have been a writer in residence and have taught a variety of workshops to both adults and children. In 2013, I will be presenting a series of workshops for the Australian Society of Authors. I am an experienced, interactive and dynamic speaker, and have presented to groups as large as 400.

For an events archive, click here.

school visits and speaking engagements.

I am available to visits schools, libraries and other organisations to read books, present and speak on a wide range of topics from publishing to marketing and story writing. For current availability and rates, email - infoATtaniamccartneyDOTcom.

Readings can include an interactive Power Point presentation on writing and publishing children's books - and how I put my Riley travelogue books together; I can also run story writing workshops

A typical reading and presentation takes around 45 minutes and audience numbers are unlimited providing adequate visual and audio projection is available
A copy of my latest book is complimentary for schools who can host a book signing either in school or post-school visit {book orders}

I can also speak to adult groups and conferences on writing, self-publishing, marketing and inspirational themes; I have presented workshops and spoken to groups as large as 400, and have been a presenter at the ACT Writers' Centre and several literary events and festivals 
I have public liability insurance to $10m

Please email to make an inquiry

school visit requirements.

When visiting your school or organisation, the following would be warmly appreciated:

  • Confirmation of dates and session times, well in advance
  • Venue address, parking advice and clear directions to the front office/venue
  • A mobile phone contact in case of emergency
  • Readings spaced as closely together as possible, ie: either no breaks or very short breaks in between (unless sessions run all day, when a half hour break for lunch would be great)
  • The children’s ages and number of students attending
  • A smartboard or projector setup with Power Point 2010  capability
  • A laptop that can take a USB port and remote clicker dongle (ie: two USB ports)
  • Someone on hand with technical knowledge to ensure smartboard setup doesn’t go awry
  • A cup of tea would be lovely!

I bring along a USB stick, props, books and order forms {if applicable} and will arrive 15-20 minutes before presentation to set up. I enjoy blogging about school visits but will never feature names or the faces of children online, unless agreed in writing with the school.

Please email for current charges. If you are able to host a book-signing or distribute book order forms, I can offer a discount.

I have public liability insurance to $10 million. Please advise if you require a certificate of policy currency. During Book Week in the ACT, my public liability is also covered by the CBCA. I have a current Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) card.

What Kids are Saying

I loved your presentation - very funny!

It was amazing.

I thought it was funny, like your books! They are cool books!

It was funny, fun and there was a lot of information.

You rock!

You are awesome. (insert pic of love heart here)

I loved your visit!!! I never knew history could be fun!!! I hope your writing career goes well and hope to see you back at our Yarra Valley Grammar.

You're cool.

I like your earrings.

Thank you so much for your visit. Best morning. Very interesting.

When you made your book, it was creative and interesting.

I like how you interacted with us.

I love your books. Hope you make more.

Your presentation was awesome!

You are a really funny person.

I love you.

I think your books are great, magnificent but for a younger age. Thank you for visiting.

I'm speechless, your presentation was great!!

It was good and wasn't boring at all!!

You're so funny.

I think your books are great but maybe you could make a few books for older kids. (Okay, I will!)

What Grown-Ups are Saying

Tania is a fantastic storyteller who won the adoration of our little ones at Storytime. We would love another visit! - Paul McDonald from The Children's Bookshop, Sydney

We want to thank you for such a wonderful presentation. There was a real buzz and I have had many lovely comments from teachers commenting on how engaging you were with the children and how responsive they were. - Heather Govender, Latham Primary School, Canberra

The [kids were] engaged with your brilliant presentation - Roslyn Woods, Namagdi School, Canberra

Your presentation today was captivating. You have such a lovely gift - thank you for sharing it! - Jaclyn Green, St Francis of Assisi Primary, Canberra

Many thanks again for the brilliant day that you gave to our students and staff – so many comments regarding your lovely way with the children. - Wendy Andrews, Yarra Valley Grammar, Melbourne

It was an absolute pleasure to have you come in and talk about your lovely book. - Steph from Black Cat Books, Brisbane

Teachers are always thrilled with Tania's presentations, and students talk about her sessions for days afterwards. Tania is always professional and is welcome at our school anytime. - Rachael Hind, St Monica's Primary School, Canberra

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