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Karen Tyrrell


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From the age of seven, Karen dreamed of teaching and reading books to young children.


An ex teacher who taught primary school throughout Sydney and Brisbane, specialising in teaching creative writing, Gifted and Talented classes, and reading glorious book to a captivated audience.


In 2013, Karen returned to the classroom with my picture book, Bailey Beats the Blah as a children’s author presenting interactive story telling sessions and creative writing workshops.


Karen present pantomimes with puppets and costumes to libraries, books shops and festivals.


CYA Conference kick-started my career as a children’s author.


From my very first conference, I dreamed of creating stories to change children’s lives. The workshop presenters empowered me with step-by-step guides on how to write unforgettable characters and a compelling story line.


I received excellent scores and in-depth feedback in CYA competitions. My consultancy with a target publisher provided me with valuable advice on how to enhance my book.


Without CYA, I could never call myself a children’s author. And I would never have persevered with picture book, Bailey Beats the Blah and junior novel, STOP the Bully.


My advice: NEVER, ever give up!


Update: June 2017


Karen Tyrrell has now published seven children’s books, five more since her CYA Conference success story in 2014. Karen’s a passionate writing workshop presenter and interactive story teller wearing fun costumes. She presents author talks to writing festivals, libraries, bookshops and schools. She won 3 awards, 3 grants, 2 sponsorships, and a mentorship with the Society of Editors (QLD).


Her acclaimed books Song Bird series, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, and Jo-Kin: Super Space Kids series ignite imagination and positive self-esteem. On 24 June 11am, Karen launches Song Bird 2, The Battle of Bug World at Logan North Library. Phone 3412 4140 to book.


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