Cristy Burne

Speaking: online, virtual, e and real life

Online author visits, virtual festivals or in person at your school or library.

I aim to inspire resilience, creativity, curiosity, and a passion for living with passion.

I’m based in Perth, and regularly travel to present author talks and writing workshops. I use humour, emotion and science to capture attention, promote creative thinking and enthuse kids about reading, writing, creating and STEM/STEAM.

Invite me to work with your school or library

“I just wanted to let you know how much Annabelle enjoyed the zoom class today. She spent the afternoon / evening working on her story and happily read it out to anyone she could find. Thankyou again to the Belmont library staff for organising this, it’s amazing to have such wonderful resources within our community that can make such a difference to young people.”

Linking STEM to creativity, innovation and fun

Science and engineering is often seen as the opposite end of the creative spectrum to story and writing. Yet both require a sense of wonder, a quest for more, and an ability to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.


  • How non-fiction can be even more fantastical and fun than fiction
  • How to harness STEM to add fuel to the creative process
  • How to link science and technology with arts and language in your creative pursuits

Scroll down for my rates, testimonials and more information.

My talks and workshops can cover:

  • The story and process behind making any of my books
  • Blending science and technology with creativity and wonder
  • Plotting and how to do it
  • Starting your story to grab attention
  • Ending your story to satisfy your reader
  • Using non-fiction (like science and history) to inspire fiction
  • Science writing and science literacy
  • Conflict and resolution in fiction
  • The creative process and how to get published
  • How to write with tension…
  • and more…

I love to work with all ages, from kindy through to adults. I can tailor sessions to suit, whether you want extension writing workshops for keen students or a meet-the-author session for the whole school assembly.

I’ve worked as a teacher in Japan, performed in a science circus in South Africa, worked with roving educational programs across Australia, and appeared at writing festivals here and overseas. I’ve worked with many thousands of children and adults to inspire a love for science, technology, creativity, reading and writing.

I’ve taught workshops and seminars in real life and online since 2009, including for the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) , #LitFest2444, and the Brisbane Writing Festival’s Online Literature Festival.  I bring a lot of energy to my presentations and this translates through the screen as well as on the page.

I love interactive presentations, and keep my audience engaged, interested, laughing, learning and enthused. You’ll have fun!

I regularly appear and present at:

  • Writer-in-residencies
  • Writer’s festivals
  • Workshops for children and adults
  • Meet-the-author talks.
  • Moderating and chairing sessions and panels
  • Book readings
  • Skype visits

If you’re interested in booking an event or workshop, or discussing a project idea, please contact me.

Encourage your students to reflect on what they experienced and learned from my visit: Download a reflection worksheet – Cristy Burne author visit

School visits, panel presentations, moderating and chairing, writing workshops for children and adults…

Read more of what people are saying about
my presentations, workshops and writing courses.

“I had different teachers returning children’s feedback sheets from your sessions (THE NEXT DAY!!!!) and letting me know kids in the playground had come up to them and said how good you were. One of the staff let me know her friend (a very experienced Teacher at Holy Spirit) had said our CBW programme was the best she’d been to…we will definitely be asking you back in the future.” Cambridge Library

“The feedback received from school about your visit is amazing. You have an amazing and a very positive personality and I enjoyed every bit of my time when I was with you.” Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, UAE

“The kids were absolutely captivated by her, she had them fully engaged and engrossed in subjects many children would be too shy to talk about, she was definitely the talk of the library!” Amherst Village Library


Rates and bookings

My rates are based on the Australian Society of Author recommendations. A session can be anything from a full-school assembly to a workshop for a single classroom. It’s up to you and your needs…

Impressive writers!

Please note these sessions can be split between schools in the same area, if you’d like to share costs.

I’m also available to travel interstate and internationally.

Please contact me to discuss ideas and availability.


Checking for which type of earwax we have… Did you know there are only two?

One thought on “Speaking: online, virtual, e and real life

  1. Pingback: The City of South Perth Young Writers Award: free workshops | Cristy Burne

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