Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell is a bestselling, internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. Belinda has written more than 30 books including The Sun Sword trilogy, 13 books in the popular Lulu Bell series and her award-winning timeslip novels.  Her latest series is called Pippa’s Island about a group of best friends who start a secret club, which meets after school in a tower on top of a boatshed. 


Belinda thinks she has the best job in the world because it brings together three of her greatest loves – writing, reading and travelling the world with her family! 

And when she’s not writing books (or escaping on wonderful travel holidays with her family) she’s often out talking to kids at schools, festivals and literary events around Australia.


Soul Sisters

How do you find the inspiration to write a book that a publisher will love? How do you survive and thrive as an author in a highly competitive industry? What are the hot insider tips to help you achieve your dreams?

In this inspiring masterclass, best-selling, internationally published authors and sisters, Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell discuss staring the deadline down, planning for success, nurturing creativity, reinventing yourself, creating time to write and building resilience. Between them Kate and Belinda have written over 80 books which have been published around the world, translated into many different languages, and been recognised by a swag of literary accolades, as well as being the first sisters in history to be shortlisted for the same Australian literary award – the 2017 REAL Awards (Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature). 

Together they have written a memoir, which will be published by the NLA in November, about growing up in a literary family and the life of their great-great-great-great grandmother Charlotte Waring Atkinson who wrote the first children’s book published in Australia in 1841.

Magic, Mystery & Mayhem

How do you create captivating characters that readers will love? How do you structure your story to keep readers turning the pages long into the night? What are the magical ingredients you need for a successful fantasy book?

In this masterclass, best-selling, internationally published children’s author Belinda Murrell discusses the key ingredients for writing a fantasy book brimming with magic, wonder and adventure: from ideas and inspiration to creating irresistible characters, story structure, imaginative plots and navigating the publishing process. Belinda shares lessons learned from her writing career and dynamic writing exercises to help you write your own dream fantasy book.

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