Bring the buzz of science, creativity and adventure to your next event
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We all want to live creatively and courageously. My job is to inspire kids to do just that.
I use my platform as a science writer and children’s author to build excitement, enthusiasm, resilience, creativity, curiosity and a passion for living with passion.
With global challenge to tackle, we need creativity (and fun!) more than ever. We need to work hard at something important. We need to laugh. And we need to feel connected. That’s where books and stories come in. Stories are about having a voice, and hearing others’ voices too. And that’s incredibly powerful.
I adore working with audiences of all ages. My focus is on using humour, emotion and science to capture attention, promote creative thinking and enthuse kids about reading, writing, creating and STEM/STEAM.
* I am triple-vaxxed against Covid-19. Thank you science 💕
STEM, creativity, innovation and courage
Science and curiosity, technology and creativity, problem-solving and story-telling.
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.
Both require you to live with creativity and courage.
- How Cristy creates her fiction and non-fiction children’s books
- 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 live more creatively and courageously
Scroll down for what other kids and teachers think
Ask me about:
- Living more creatively and courageously
- Blending science and technology with creativity and wonder
- The story and process behind making any of my books
- Plotting and how to do it
- Starting your story to grab attention
- Using non-fiction (like science and history) to inspire fiction
- Science writing and science literacy
- 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’s festivals
- Workshops for children and adults
Ask me about:
- Meet-the-author talks
- Moderating and chairing sessions and panels
- Book readings
- Online author visits
- Keynote speeches
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
“I want to say thank you for a successful live event last night. It was fun, interactive and mostly hilarious!…it was enthralling to watch.” Better Reading Kids
“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 similar to Australian Society of Author recommendations and you can contact me for more information. A session can be anything from a keynote address or a full-school assembly to a workshop or talk for a single class. It’s up to you and your needs…
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 rates, ideas and availability.