Dannika Patterson & Megan Forward

Dannika Patterson is a children’s author and freelance writer with degrees in Child Psychology and Journalism. With 10 children’s titles published since 2018 across trade, educational and not-for-profit markets, Dannika aims to educate, uplift and spark wonder through her writing and related workshops. Dannika’s children’s titles include: Jacaranda Magic, Scribbly Gum Secrets, SeaSpray17, My Tribe, Giving, Day & Night, Beach Kindy, Between The Cracks, Project Volcano and A Cyclone Called Celia.

Megan Forward is an award-winning illustrator, author, painter and printmaker who has had her work exhibited in galleries around Brisbane. She was awarded first prize in 2002 by the Queensland University of Technology in the category of Children's and Young Adult Literature for Illustrated Picture Book, as well as first and second place at the CYA Conference in 2012 and 2013 in the Illustration Picture Book category. Her studio is currently based in Manly Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


Creative Collaborations: From Picture Books to School Workshops

Author Dannika Patterson & Illustrator Megan Forward are an author-illustrator team with a passion for connecting children to nature, through literature.

In an industry where so much of our work is solo, it can be a welcome and rewarding change to be part of an enduring creative team.

Both successful creatives individually, Megan and Dannika have also enjoyed working together on two picture books (so far!) – Jacaranda Magic and Scribbly Gum Secrets, both published by Ford Street Publishing. In fact, they enjoy working together so much that they have taken their creative partnership one step further, developing a range of popular, hands-on, interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art and Math) workshops for children that they have co-presented together in schools and libraries for the past 3 years.

In this Master Class, Megan & Dannika will share insights and examples into what makes their creative partnership work, giving real 'warts and all' examples from their combined creative journeys in writing and illustrating picture books, as well as detailing how they use those picture books creations to build curriculum-linked workshops (and an all-important additional income stream based on their art!) with their range of co-presented school workshops.

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