Yves Stening is a screenwriter and director. Dinner Detectives (with Nigel Buchanan) are his first children’s books. Nigel Buchanan is an internationally recognized illustrator and has won many prestigious awards. Both their children attend Bourke Street Public School in Surry Hills, Sydney, where they met and their collaboration began. The first title in the series, A Fearsome Beast and a Dumpling Feast, was released in May 2017, with A Tangled Tale of Tagliatelle due in November 2017 and The Legend Lurking in Your Lunchbox, 2018.
Yves’s career spans 30 years, working in theatre, film and television as a producer, director, writer and actor. His video production company, Video+Creative has made television commercials in Australia for many years.
He has written or directed feature films, episodic television and documentaries. For his short films, Yves has won several international awards for directing. He is a graduate of Australia’s national film school, AFTRS (directing), and national theatre school, NIDA (acting). Dinner Detectives is his first adventure into the world of children’s literature. He has two children, aged 8 and 9.
An ABC TV News interview with Yves and Nigel can be viewed here.
Reading + Cooking – Maximum 30 students
Years K-2 Yves reads his book, accompanied by a projected book so large groups can follow the story as he’s reading. If the facilities are available, he then runs a quick cooking class with children, teaching them how to make dumplings.
Reading + The Creative Journey
Years 2 – 3 Yves reads his book, accompanied by a projected book so large groups can follow the story as he’s reading. He follows the reading with a short Q&A and then using the projector, explores various iterations of illustrations and story with the students.
The Creative Journey + Writing A Picture Book – getting started.
Years 4-6 Yves explores various iterations of illustrations and story with the students. He then discusses with the students the tasks they must undertake in order to create a picture book and gets them started with some basic questions.
Script Writing Workshops – various session lengths available (content will vary)
What makes a good story? Who would want to see it and why? What makes a story compelling for an audience?
Through a series of questions, author and screen writer Yves Stening introduces students to classical principles of screen writing. The workshop asks students to consider what their story is really about, the appropriate genre to tell the story, the audience’s expectations of that genre, and explore the manner in which screens stories must unfold to grip an audience to the end.
Students will complete the workshop with greater confidence and a set of clear guidelines to apply to their screen writing.