Dee is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Letters to Leonardo and seventeen other fiction and non-fiction books for young readers. Her picture book, Reena's Rainbow (illustrated by Tracie Grimwood) is due for international release with EK Publishing next year.
She has a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from Victoria University, and a Diploma in Journalism.
Dee has been awarded a Victorian Writer's Centre Mentorship and third place at CYA for Letters to Leonardo (later published by Walker Books), a May Gibbs Fellowship for her YA novel The Tangled Web, A SCBWI Nevada Mentorship for her YA verse novel Hating Ric, and was runner up in the Daffodil Day Arts Awards Short Story category for Aperture.
Dee mentors a number of YA and children's authors, and presents her popular workshops and writing seminars at schools and festivals throughout Australia and internationally. She is a strong advocate for young writers, and runs writing competitions and an online writing school for both adults and children at www.writingclassesforkids.com
You can find out more about Dee at her website: www.deescribe.com.au
Note from CYA Conference: Dee was one of our very first success stories and we are so happy to have her back a presenter this year!