Science author workshops – STEM, literacy and creativity collide!
Science author workshops delivered by Cristy Burne. Cristy is a children’s author and science writer inspiring a love for science, technology, creativity, reading and writing. She has a reputation as one of the best and most reliable speakers in Australia. Cristy uses humour, quirk, emotion and science to capture attention, teach creative thinking and get kids enthusiastic about reading, writing, creating and STEM/STEAM.
Who are the science author workshops and talks for?
Kindy through to university students, education staff, and corporate audiences.
Cristy has experience working with students of all ages, including adults.
Science author workshops and talks – topics:
Cristy’s talks and workshops can cover:
- The story and process behind making any of her books
- Blending science and technology with creativity and wonder
- Plotting and how to do it
- Starting your story to grab attention
- Ending your story to satisfy your reader
- Using non-fiction (like science and history) to inspire fiction
- Science writing and science literacy
- Conflict and resolution in fiction
- The creative process and how to get published
- How to write with tension…
“I’ve worked with many thousands of children and adults to inspire a love for science, technology, creativity, reading and writing.”
All sessions are tailored to suit the audience, whether you want extension writing workshops for keen students or a meet-the-author session for the whole school assembly.
“I love interactive presentations, and keep my audience engaged, interested, laughing, learning and enthused. You’ll have fun!”
Science and engineering is often seen as the opposite end of the creative spectrum to story and writing. Yet both require a sense of wonder, a quest for more, and an ability to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Cristy uses topical and recent examples from science and technology to interactively demonstrate ways that STEM can be used to fire creative imaginations.
About Cristy Burne:
Cristy has worked as a science communicator for nearly 20 years across six countries. Before becoming a writer, she was a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie, magazine editor and atom-smashing reporter (at CERN in Switzerland). But her all-time favourite job is working with kids to embrace the intersection between science, technology and creativity.
Cristy is based in Perth, Western Australia, but is available to deliver her science author workshops and talks across Australia and beyond.
“I aim to inspire resilience, creativity, curiosity, and a passion for living with passion.”
She’s the author of outdoor adventures TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, OFF THE TRACK, and BENEATH THE TREES. Her nonfiction includes a narrative nonfiction biography of Prof Fiona Wood, FIONA WOOD: INVENTOR OF SPRAY-ON SKIN, and ZEROES AND ONES: THE GEEKS, HEROES AND HACKERS WHO CHANGED HISTORY.
Cristy has a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication, and a Masters in Professional Communication. Cristy also teaches at Curtin University, and is always working on her next book.
Although based in Perth, Western Australia, Cristy loves delivering her dynamic talks and workshops all over the world. She is also highly experienced in online delivery.
“I use my writing and literacy workshops and school visits to capture young readers’ attention and direct them towards the magic, wonder and creativity of science and technology. I think we all need to learn to think critically and creatively, to solve problems in new and innovative ways. Writing science and fiction (and combining the two) is a great way to teach these skills.”
“I had different teachers returning children’s feedback sheets from your sessions (THE NEXT DAY!!!!) and letting me know kids in the playground had come up to them and said how good you were. One of the staff let me know her friend (a very experienced Teacher at Holy Spirit) had said our CBW programme was the best she’d been to…we will definitely be asking you back in the future.” Cambridge Library
“The feedback received from school about your visit is amazing. You have an amazing and a very positive personality and I enjoyed every bit of my time when I was with you.” Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, UAE
“The kids were absolutely captivated by her, she had them fully engaged and engrossed!” Amherst Village Library
“The students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed your session. The feedback from the teacher was that she loved your “comedic approach to career choices and you kept the students interested”. Rockingham Campus Community Library
“The children were responsive, relaxed and engrossed.” Bentley Library
“Cristy had our students engaged right from the very beginning of her presentation.” Excelsior Primary School
“I would highly recommend Cristy for workshops with children. Her professionalism made my job extremely easy.” Wanneroo Library
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