I write books for children and young adults. Sometimes I write short stories for grown-ups.

Danielle Binks

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Danielle is available for a range of events, from school and library visits, to literary festivals, conferences and bookshop panels. She is based in Melbourne, Australia, but is happy to travel (any excuse will do!)

She can conduct a variety of; readings, workshops, lead classroom discussion, school assembly addresses etc.

Happy to visit co-ed, single-sex, public and private schools. Primary School Year 6 – Secondary Schools Years 7-12 focus.

Danielle has also presented to university writing program students, and professional development writing classes, including in her capacity as a Literary Agent offering insight into the industry-side of writing and publishing.

Danielle can cover a range of workshop topics for students of all abilities, including;

  • Short-Story Writing
  • Review Writing / Persuasive Writing
  • Writing Digital Content
  • Promoting #LoveOzYA and ‘Read Local’ to Aussie teens – celebrating our national youth literature and why it’s important to “explore our own backyard” of local books and authors.
  • From FanFiction to Real Fiction – as a teenager I wrote over 400,000 words of FanFic. Now, I talk to teens about the creative writing they’re being self-taught from reading and writing FanFic, and all the ways that FanFic exists in “legitimate” forms of our popular-culture (from Disney to Jane Austen, reboots, adaptations and everything in-between!)

For more information please don’t hesitate to email Danielle.

Feedback and testimonials on some of Danielle’s sessions

'Books of our own Backyard' Book Talk

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival

Danielle’s words, at Whitsunday Voices, were a call to arms in the battle for an everlasting, ever evolving, Australian literary voice. She reminds us of the importance of reading and hearing our own words and accents; that literature reminds us and tells us who we are.

Nathan Sainsbury, Proserpine State High School

Writer’s Victoria ‘Writers on Wednesdays’ tutorial, “Reading for Writers” class

‘The easiest thing you can do to be a better writer is to become a better reader.’

Attendee feedback:

  • Useful information, well-presented; down to earth, great use of quotes; got me thinking about different things; thoughtful; relevant, current, to the point; inspiring and helpful; clearly delivered; passionate; group interaction
  • Finding new things to read, sources of reading recs; interplay between Danielle’s talk which accompanied the slideshow
  • Danielle was a wonderful presenter, knowledgeable, and gave me some great hints.
  • It was a fascinating introduction to the social side of reading and the last exercise rounded out a great discussion cleverly.
  • I am a big reader of all sorts of books but I still feel that I have room to broaden my reading after this. Thank you.
  • Danielle was great and really knew her stuff.
  • Danielle was just WOW! Her depth and breadth of knowledge of the book industry was impressive, her content original, and her delivery equal parts entertaining and academically rigorous. I loved it!

“Storytelling for Gamemasters”

‘Write Around the Murray’ Writer’s Festival schools session

Attendee feedback:

I just wanted to say thanks again for your “Storytelling for Gamemasters” session this afternoon at the Albury Library. My son, Jack, and I were there – I was the “old guy who plays games” according to one of the kids – and had a great time. You handled the kids really well and spread your attention between them in such a way that they all felt special and encouraged. We had to run off before I could tell you how much I appreciated the way you presented “the secret of storytelling”. The idea that conflict is the key to story really resonated with Jack and he was giving me examples of goals and conflict in his favourite films and stories all the way home. You also excited his imagination and he’s been jotting story ideas in his notebook since we got back as well. He is autistic and struggles to connect with people generally (kind of a Sheldon Cooper as a kid sort of character) but he was making eye-contact with you and generally getting into the spirit of the thing very happily and I’ve rarely seen him get so excited about coming up with original ideas before.

Craig Robotham, parent attendee