Author presentations

IMG_20191211_135520273Author talks (whether virtual or face-to-face) can be amazing, inspiring a love of books and writing. Literacy is a superpower, and I love to be a part of encouraging more reading.

Below are talks and workshops I can present at your school, local library or online.

I’m a teacher and a scientist so if there’s something special you’d like me to talk about, a part of the curriculum you’d love me to touch on, or you’d like extra doses of STEAM, I can add that in. I have experience presenting to kids from Kindy to Year 12, so I can adapt to suit different ages if required.

“HM Waugh was an engaging Book Week presenter who shared her love of science and writing. Heather focused on how science discoveries can be used as inspiration for awesome characters and stories.  She gave the students the opportunity to imagine their own story – inspired by the things they’ve done, seen, loved and read. Heather was adept at valuing each question asked by the students, and responding with amazing facts and enthusiasm. An entertaining session for both children and adults, and I would recommend HM Waugh for future events.” 

Stories, science and inspiration: Meet the author (Primary)

Year level: 3-6

Time: 45 min – 1 hr

How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time!

Discover the inspirations behind HM Waugh’s novels Mars Awakens and The Lost Stone of SkyCity. Learn how using real experiences and science can help make a story stronger. Why do authors sometimes eat crickets or take late-night self-defence classes? (Hint: it’s all about the research!). Explore the importance of resilience in real life, and in the book.

“The whole day was terrific and how you tailored your presentation for each age group was excellent.” 

IMG_20200806_135145548copyCrafting worlds: Meet the Author (Secondary)

Year level: 7-12

Time: 45 min – 1 hr

Discover the inspirations behind HM Waugh’s writing. Hear how she managed to get kidnapped not once, but twice while backpacking in South America, and how she used these experiences to write her novel Evacuation Road. Learn about how eating crickets and jumping out of planes can be book research, and how science helped her create the compelling world of Mars Awakens.

Creating awesome stories workshop

Year level: 3-8

Time: 45 min – 2 hr

Learn some of the basics of plotting and world-building from HM Waugh, author of middle-grade novels Mars Awakens and The Lost Stone of SkyCity. How can science and history help your imagination thrive and your story worlds buzz?

Design your own story world, identify where you might need to learn more to make it stronger, and think about how science can help you find the answers.


World-building and wildlife

Year level: 3-8

Time: 45 min – 2 hr

World-building is so important in books! Some books include amazing plants and animals, but did you know it’s sometimes best to base imagination in reality?

Explore key elements of world-building with HM Waugh and how science can help your imagination. Learn about some of the world’s weirdest wildlife and invent your own mythical beings. Check your knowledge of our wonderful local native animals and go home with real ideas for how you can help save wildlife.