Deborah Abela

Andrew Daddo

Deborah trained as a teacher before producing and writing children’s TV at Network TEN. She has written over 20 novels including the Max Remy and Jasper Zammit series. Grimsdon and New City are about kids living in a climate-changed world and Teresa: A New Australian was inspired by her dad who migrated from Europe to Australia after the devastation of WW2. Her latest book is The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee about a terribly shy girl whose family encourage her to overcome her fears and sign up. Deb’s first picture book, Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero, is due for release in May 2017.

Deb’s presentations are informative, interactive and fun. As a trained teacher, Deb loves leading author talks and writing workshops for the reluctant writer to the gifted and talented. She also presents at staff development days, sharing ideas on activities to get kids excited about writing.

Deb’s won awards for her books and has been published internationally but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.

Author Talk

Deborah’s author talks are informative, interactive and fun. With her teaching and TV background, she uses images, videos, storytelling and games, to explain the writing process and help kids develop their own engaging stories, leaving them excited about books, reading and writing.

Kids Writing Workshop

Deb leads kids through a series of fun activities to help them become better writers. They’ll explore the writing process from developing ideas, to planning outlines and creating characters and plots readers will love.

PD session for teachers: 

Fun Activities to Get Your Kids Writing

As an author and trained teacher who has been speaking in schools for over 14 years, Deb will lead you through a series of challenging, fun and practical activities to get your kids excited about writing. She will address the 3 main interrelated strands of the National Curriculum: language, literature and literacy, so that students will gain a better understanding of how writers use language to create exciting plots and characters, all while experimenting with their own ideas and stories. The session includes a 20-page handout brimming with ideas to use in your class.

Adults Who’d like to Write for Kids

Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but most of it is simply hard work and a lot of practice. Deb will take you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you need to write for kids. She will also talk about the kids’ publishing world and offer advice on approaching a publisher.

Wowing Them in Schools

Schools are dynamic places where learning is interactive and hands-on. Author and illustrator talks need to be stimulating and thought provoking, leaving the students and teachers with new insights and inspiration for books, reading and writing. In this workshop, you will be given some practical ideas for presenting talks and writing workshops from Deb Abela, a trained teacher and author who has visited hundreds of schools. Deb will discuss many aspects involved in a school visit, from different types of presentations to classroom management techniques, to make sure you have a successful visit.

Some comments about her presentations include:

‘You are an amazing author who inspired us to love reading and follow our dreams. You had so many interesting stories to tell and you reminded us how to use our imagination in writing great stories. You kept us all interested from Kindergarten to Year 6. Students of St Gerard’s Carlingford

‘Deborah’s engaging and entertaining presentation had the class enthralled from beginning to end.  She related to her audience with humour and enthusiasm and skilfully incorporated their contributions into her stories and anecdotes.  She brought the art of writing alive for the class, giving them useful and practical writing tips that they could adapt in their own writing.’ Lauren Hill, Pymble Ladies College

‘Thank you so much for such a FABULOUS day yesterday!!! The students & staff were thrilled with your visit – one of the best ever! Jenny Scheffers, Teacher Librarian, Caddies Creek Public School

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Deborah is a proud writer ambassador for Room to Read, a charity which has impacted the lives of over 10 million children by building over 2000 schools, 17000 libraries, publishing 2000 local language books and working with local communities to train teachers and change lives through education and books.