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 Megan Forward is a Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted illustrator and author with a BA in Visual Arts and Education. As a child she loved art and reading, often creating little picture books for herself. Now she delights in combining her published picture books with connecting children and families with her love of nature, because you care for what you love.

Megan facilitates interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art and Maths) workshops for children using her picture books as stimulus. She is passionate about teaching sustainability to children, engendering a love of nature through literature, and helping them make real world connections across curriculum subjects. Megan has extensive experience speaking to children, families and educators, touring libraries, schools, kindergartens, environmental education organisations and community gardens. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and a BA in Teaching.

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Dannika Patterson & Megan Forward

Friday, 16 July 2021, 11:00:00 pm UTC

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.