Teacher’s notes for the Alice-Miranda series
A comprehensive set of teacher’s notes for the entire Alice-Miranda series. The notes include information on the author and books, discussion themes, class questions and activity templates.
Teacher’s notes for the Clementine Rose series
A comprehensive set of teacher’s notes for the Clementine Rose series. The notes include information on the author and books, discussion themes, class questions and activity templates.
Activities for After an Alice-Miranda Talk
A fun activity to complete after hearing Jacqueline talk about Alice-Miranda!
Activities for After a Clementine Rose Talk
A fun activity to complete after hearing Jacqueline talk about Clementine Rose!
Jacqueline has worked with lots of budding authors in workshops and as a one on one mentor. She has also been fortunate enough to work with many talented writers over the years, including John Larkin, Markus Zusak and James Roy, all of whom have taught her loads of writing tips and tricks. If you are interested in working with Jacqueline, please contact her.
In the meantime, here are her top tips to get you started:
1. Show, don’t tell
This is the first rule of writing and while it doesn’t work for everything, you need to think all the time – can I say that differently? Can I paint the picture using words rather than telling the reader what’s happening? Instead of saying: There was a big storm, you could say, a coal coloured sky was shredded by lightning and thunder like cannon fire reigned from the heavens.
2. Practice makes perfect
You can’t expect to be good at something if you don’t work at it. Olympic athletes didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to go to the Olympics, so too good writers must practice their craft. Write as often as you can – set yourself practice drills such as writing descriptions or thinking about similes and metaphors, write a diary or journal, write poetry – whatever takes your fancy but just write. And always have a notebook handy – I have them everywhere!
3. Read aloud, listen aloud
Read your work aloud and listen to how it sounds, and then ask someone else to read it aloud back to you. It’s amazing how differently something can sound when you’re not the one in charge of reading it. Create authentic characters and make sure that you care about them deeply – because if you don’t nobody else will either.
4. Write to be understood, not to impress
Don’t use long words and complicated sentences so that people will think that you’re smart – it’s more likely they just won’t understand what you’re on about! Don’t overcomplicate the text – keep it simple. When you edit, the idea is to cut down on the length of the story and make every single word count.
5. Write the stories you want to write
Think about the type of books you like to read and who your favourite authors are. Write the stories that you would want to read. Develop characters you love to spend time with. If you truly love your characters it’s much more likely that your readers will too.
6. Have fun with the language, play, explore, enjoy and observe
Writing shouldn’t be a chore. Have fun with it and become a great observer – writers are like bower birds – they collect little bits of description and dialogue and ideas from all over the place.
7. Develop a positive attitude, determination and resilience
Writing is hard work and things don’t always go to plan. If you want to be published it will take time. Even if you are fortunate enough to get a contract quickly, it takes anything from a year to several years from the time you sign the contract to the time you will see a book on the shelves. Be happy for the success of others and be the best writer that you can be!
8. Network with other writers and learn from the experts
Take the opportunities available to you to make friends with other like-minded young authors, attend writing courses – you will learn something different from every author you meet – ask questions – look at author websites – write to them and be involved in the community of writers. Remember, I never met an author until I was working as a teacher – you have such easy access to writers these days – make the most of it!
9. Find your voice
When I write I am mostly around 8-9 years old in my head. I write for children and I love being a children’s author. Your ‘voice’ is your unique style, the way you write, the thing that sets you apart from other writers.
10. Read, read, read!
Reading will help you become a better writer. You should read widely for pleasure – but sometimes when there is a sentence, a scene or an image that really grabs you, think about why you felt that way – why did you think it was good or great writing? Maybe even copy it down into a notebook and refer back to it at a later stage.
Jacqueline loves working with kids. It has been her passion for as long as she can remember. A highly experienced Primary school teacher and former Deputy Head, her author talks can be tailored to a range of age groups and topics, meeting specific curriculum outcomes.
Jacqueline is equally at home running writing workshops for kids of all ages. If you would like Jacqueline to visit your school please contact her speaking agent:
The Children’s Bookshop Speakers’ Agency NSW
Booked Out Speakers’ Agency Victoria
Jacqueline also tours Australia and internationally throughout the year to coincide with the release of her latest titles. Publicity tour events are free but schools must agree to promote her visit and facilitate pre-ordering and sales of the full range of Jacqueline’s books which she will sign on the day. Publicity tours are organised by her publisher Random House who are happy to introduce schools to local booksellers (should this be required).
For publicity tour enquiries in Singapore please contact:
For publicity tour enquiries in the UK please contact:
For all other countries please direct your enquiries directly to Jacqueline@jacquelineharvey.com.au
Feedback from Newcastle Writers’ Festival Presentations 2017
‘Jacqueline’s presentation was very engaging for staff and students. Inspirational.’
‘Thoroughly enjoyed it. High energy fun presentation. Great tips for writers.’
‘Brilliant. Very engaging! Both boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.’
Kate Martin, Librarian Riverbank Primary School
‘Just a quick note to say how much we all loved your visit here to us at Riverbank! I have had so many positive comments from the staff and from the students about your wonderfully engaging sessions on Wednesday. We have about 10 classes through the Library on Thursdays and another 5 on Friday, and without exception, they have all wanted to talk to me about you and your books. Every last one of your books has been borrowed and there were some sad faces today when the last classes realised they were too late.
Thank you so much for making our Book Week event so enjoyable. Please come back and visit us soon.
We can’t wait to read the first book in your new series!’
Feedback from Fran Carson CBCA Central Coast
‘Thank you so much for sharing your infectious enthusiasm and providing such inspiring insights into your books and writing. Your presentation on Thursday evening and the sessions with the children on Friday were very entertaining and gave both teachers and students invaluable insights into your characters and stories.’
‘The children loved the day. Have had feedback from teachers and librarians that this was the best author event we’ve ever hosted.’
Christine Sinden, Junior School Librarian, TARA Anglican School for Girls
‘We were absolutely thrilled to have Jacqueline Harvey visit TARA Anglican School for Girls last week. She conducted an hour long session with 140 girls which engaged and enthused every single one of them. The talk about Jacqueline and Alice Miranda since that time has been a constant buzz in the library, playground and classrooms.’
Hayley Tuft, Year 5 Teacher, Macarthur Anglican School
‘I found Jacqueline Harvey’s visit to be invaluable to both my class and myself. I found her ideas to be so fun and engaging. I have loved bringing these to my class and seeing students that would normally shy away from writing actually getting excited and passionate about what they are creating. So far I have done a few of the quick writing exercises with my class and the results have been amazing.’
Di-Anne Pleskun, Kindergarten Teacher, Macarthur Anglican School
‘Jacqueline Harvey provided a breath of fresh air to our teaching and approach to writing. We work very hard and so do the children and we were at a point where we were wondering… ‘Where to next?’ and then we had a visit from Jacqueline Harvey. Her demonstration lessons and presentations were motivational. Key phrases, story starters and strategies were just the things we needed to inspire our quite competent kindergarten writers.’
Gillian Maugle, Librarian, Wiley Park Public School after having Jacqueline visit for the Books In Homes Presentation
‘Jacqueline was absolutely fabulous! The teachers have commented that she was the best presenter ever! The children were extremely happy with their books.’
- 2014 – Alice-Miranda in Paris shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award in the Older Reader’s category
- 2014 – Alice-Miranda in Paris shortlisted for the REAL awards which are the Children’s’ Choice awards KOALA’s in NSW, YABBA’s in Victoria and COOL in the ACT
- 2014 – Alice-Miranda in Paris shortlisted for a WAYRBA – the Children’s Choice Awards in Western Australia
- 2013 – Alice-Miranda Shows the Way shortlisted for the REAL awards which are the Children’s’ Choice awards KOALA’s in NSW, YABBA’s in Victoria and COOL in the ACT
- 2013 – Alice-Miranda in New York shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year 8-14 years category
- 2013 – Alice-Miranda In New York winner Random House Children’s Book of the Year Australia
- 2012 – Alice-Miranda at School won the YABBA award for the Junior Reader Category and was an Honour Book winner in the KOALA awards in NSW
- 2012 – Alice-Miranda At School shortlisted for the REAL awards which are the Children’s Choice Awards – KOALA’s in NSW, YABBA’s in Victoria and COOL in the ACT
- 2012 – Alice-Miranda At School shortlisted for a WAYRBA – the Children’s Choice Awards in Western Australia
- 2012 – Alice-Miranda At Sea longlisted for a DAVITT Award – for crime fiction
- 2011 – Alice-Miranda At School shortlisted for the Australian Psychological Society Children’s Peace Literature Award
- 2010 – Jacqueline Harvey was named Favourite Author of the Year on the Kids Book Review website
- 2006 – The Sound of the Sea HONOUR BOOK Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards
- 2001 – Jacqueline Harvey won the Frustrated Writers’ Mentoring Competition with the NSW Branch of the Children’s Book Council