Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include Two Wolves (recognised as an Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, as well as winner of the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards), the My Life series (weird-funny-gross short stories featuring Tom Weekly) and Mac Slater, Coolhunter. His short films as writer and director have won a number of awards and have screened widely in festivals and on TV. Tristan is excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create.
Your Life & Other Stuff You Made Up
Duration: 45 minutes – 1-hour
Delivery Mode: Online via Zoom or Google Hangouts
Suitable for: Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
How can you use all the odd, boring, funny stuff that happens to you and turn it into excellent stories? Author Tristan Bancks used bits from his life to inspire his short story collections My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up and My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong. Like the time his sister made him eat Vegemite off her toe and the time he had his appendix removed just to get out of school detention. Learn how to mine your own life for cool, weird, funny stories that your friends and teachers will love.
Using memory for story inspiration
Mashing truth and fiction to create authentic, entertaining stories
Freewriting practice to discover untapped story ideas
How it works:
One-hour pre-recorded personalised author talk and workshop with Google Classroom hand-out notes. Simply send the streamable video link to your students. Pre-recorded sessions include personalised introduction for your school, images, video, music, maps, readings, anecdotes and writing tips.
45-minute live, interactive writing workshop facilitated via Zoom. Workshops are made up of readings, storytelling and three five-minute writing blasts. Simply share the Zoom link with your class and join the virtual workshop.