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Andrew McDonald is an energetic presenter who has been visiting schools for over ten years, doing author talks and running writing workshops.

Andrew uses images and storytelling to explain what sparked his love for books when he was a boy, what his writing process is like now and inspire children to read, write and be creative. Because books are cool and everyone should know it!

Author Andrew McDonald takes a selfie at a primary school, with school students sitting in the backgroundTopics covered include:

  • Idea generation
  • Story design and planning
  • Turning real life experiences into fiction
  • Creating characters
  • Writing humour
  • Using evocative language
  • Writing sentences that jump off the page


For bookings and enquiries please contact Booked Out Speakers’ Agency.


“Andrew had a fantastic rapport with the kids, and a really great gift for communicating important ideas about writing, while keeping them thoroughly entertained.”

—Jacqueline Griffeth, Librarian , Mt Waverley Primary School

“The students were very engaged and loved the story and process about how the normal pigeons were turned into interesting characters, and then they got to do some of their own creations at the end.”

—Jenny Corbin, Whitefriars College

“We have had some great feedback from the kids – they really loved your visit! Your books are all the craze and many are waiting to borrow them.”

—Kate Shiels, Discovery Centre Teacher, Rivercrest Christian College

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