Author Talks and Workshops


Online author Q&A

These sessions are perfect for smaller groups or literature circles. They give students the time to ask questions about the writing process, specific books, the industry or craft.

Author Q & A sessions are also available for Take Three Girls (with Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell and Cath Crowley).

Duration: 45 minutes

Requirements: access to computers and Skype.

Email me to find out more, or to book a session.


author talks

My author talks are based on my books and the art of storytelling. I discuss where my ideas come from, the importance of dreaming and planning, and troubleshoot audience writing problems. I encourage students to contribute their views—everyone in the room has a story, and my author talks work best when they’re a conversation.

Duration: 60 minutes (45 minutes with 15 for questions)

Requirements: access to a screen and data projector for a PowerPoint presentation

Book me for your school via Booked Out Speakers Agency, Creative Net Speakers Agency or Nexus Arts.


Take three girls events

Booked Out is offering the rare chance for your students to work with three of Australia’s most accomplished YA writers in a program that combines creative writing and collaboration with conversations around identity, respect and resilience.

Learn more about Take Three Girls Events from the Booked Out Speakers Agency.


Writing Workshops

My workshops are interactive, fun and practical. There is a focus on dreaming and craft—I guide participants through practical activities with clear instructions and, if needed, helpful scaffolding. Topics include generating ideas, creating and developing characters, collaborative writing, and the importance of using original details in writing.   

 I’ve been delivering writing workshops for over 20 years—am always happy to tailor workshops to suit student needs. Plot, structure, openings and endings, and dialogue are other workshop possibilities.

Book me for your school via Booked Out Speakers Agency, Creative Net Speakers Agency or Nexus Arts.


'I just wanted to let you know that your Graffiti Moon continues to be in our popular listing of fiction titles—and I still receive congratulations and well done’s on how fantastic you were with the girls at assembly.' K. Paterson, Library Services Leader, Star of the Sea College

“Cath’s passion for writing is so infectious, and she is very personable and friendly, which made her a fantastic speaker for the event. …certainly some of the best feedback we’ve had on a speaker.” K. Wilmot, Youth Events Officer, City of Casey, November

 “Cath was was warm and funny, and during the author talk she had about 90 year 7 and 8 students hanging off her every word. The writers workshop also went really well, and the students she worked with got so much out of it. Cath was generous with her time afterwards too, when she got mobbed by a whole lot of adoring fans who wanted to ask a never-ending stream of questions”. C. Hawksworth, Bellarine Secondary College

“Cath was excellent. A very thoughtful, honest and generous talk. The girls were thrilled.”—S. La Marca, Genazzano College 

I have seen Cath speak several times and she is always fresh, engaging and an inspiration to young writers. I hope that she always has time to visit schools. S. Doomernik, Pascoe Vale Girls College 

“My students loved Cath’s visit! This is what one of them wrote:
‘I was not expecting to be so overwhelmed and inspired by this talented woman; the magical person behind the compelling words of an amazing novel “The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain” made me feel like I was in charge of the pen and paper, and could write anything I put my mind to.' S. Doomernik, Pascoe Vale Girls College 

“Cath was warm, generous and supportive.  Huge thanks to Cath and the group – also very supportive.” Writers Victoria workshop participant

“Very personal. Relevant and engaging. Have been to a couple of Writers Victoria workshops now and this was by far my favourite!” Writers Victoria workshop participant

 “Very inspiring and encouraging, a non-threatening environment and lots of practical ideas to take away.  Wonderful, thank you!” Writers Victoria workshop participant

“Exercises were great.  Content super helpful and relevant. Really excellent course. Has sparked my inspiration again.” Writers Victoria workshop participant

 “The content was what I signed up for and was detailed and knowledgeable.” Writers Victoria workshop participant

“Everything! Fabulous teacher and a perfect mix of input, discussion and exercises.” Writers Victoria workshop participant

 ‘The exercises were perfect.  Cath, your approach, enthusiasm for each student, flexibility and selected texts were (are) brilliant!  Would do again (and again.)” Writers Victoria workshop participant