Deborah trained as a teacher before producing and writing children’s TV at Network TEN. She has written 25 books 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 books are The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery about a terribly shy girl whose family encourage her to overcome her fears and sign up. Deb’s first picture book is Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero.
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.
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:
‘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
‘Deborah was fantastic today during the staff PD session. It was a very interesting and wonderful workshop that demonstrated the joy of books and story writing. So refreshing to have a professional who really understands story writing and engaging children in the process.’
Staff, Crawford PS 2017
‘Great presenter, great enthusiasm and resources.’
“I found the teacher workshop to be the most valuable part of the day. I particularly appreciated the booklet of resources and ideas Deborah Abela gave us”
UWS Teacher Development Day 2017
Deb had so much energy. The children were engaged and focused. Deb controlled the room well and was warm, encouraging and funny!
Leah Wallis, The Hills Library, Castle Hill NSW
’Great presenter, great enthusiasm and resources.’
PD day at the University of Western Sydney NSW
‘Not only was I learning, I was having fun!’
Jackson, Manning Primary age 11.
‘Today was one of the best days of my life! I love Deborah Abela’s books and her personality so much.’
Imogen, Dianella Heights PS age 11
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.