Michelle Hamer is a highly experienced author, journalist, editor, and professional writing teacher who has had a lifelong love affair with words, books, reading and writing.
Wordsmiths Kids Creative Writing Classes
Michelle created and runs Wordsmiths which offers dynamic and engaging writing workshops for kids.
Wordsmiths classes run weekly during school terms, and daily throughout the school holidays.
All sessions are led by Michelle and presented online.
Our Australian Girl series incl:
Jan 2014 (Puffin)
Daisy All Alone
April 2014 (Puffin)
Daisy in the Mansion
June 2014 (Puffin)
Daisy on the Road
September 2014 (Puffin)
Jan 2007 (Random House)
May 2009 (Random House)
May 2010 (Random House)
June 2011 (Random House)
It Couldn’t Happen to me But it Did
Delivery by Appointment
August 2006 (New Holland)
How it Feels
July 2006 (New Holland)
Macmillan Australian, primary literacy titles, 2016, 2018:
A Federation Story
A Grandmother’s Gift – early Australian migration
Eureka Stockade – Australia’s Democratic Beginnings
Constance Stone and Pioneering Women of Australian Medicine
Many Migrants, Many Cultures
Gold Transforms Australia’s Colonies A Settler’s Story
Why Recycle Paper?
The Story of George Washington Carver
Michelle Hamer has been writing professionally for more than 34 years; starting as a cadet journalist at just 19.
She is a highly experienced author, journalist, editor, presenter and writing teacher.
She writes prolifically for dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites around the globe, and had 20 books commercially published.
She was a sub-editor, then section editor at The Age newspaper and edited many in-house magazines for the paper.
She reviewed children’s books for The Age M Magazine, wrote for its Books, Travel, Domain, Property, TV, Cheap Eats, Epicure, 52 Weekends Away and features sections.
Her column, How it Feels, ran in The Age and Queensland Courier Mail and was later published as a book.
She has contributed to dozens of Australian newspapers including The Adelaide Advertiser, The Canberra Times, The West Australian, The Brisbane Courier Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald and magazines such as FHM, Good Medicine, Parents, Women’s Health, Disney Adventures and Living By Design.
She writes articles and content for a broad range of websites such as Mama Mia, The Royal Children’s Hospital Raising Children’s website and The New Daily.
Michelle taught Professional Writing and Editing at TAFE and now runs regular writing programs in schools and online.
She lives with her partner and a very needy Cavoodle in Melbourne.
Michelle is a passionate champion for children’s literacy.
She created and runs the company Wordsmiths offering creative writing classes to kids and encouraging young writers to find their literary voices. facebook.com/wordsmithsworkshops
She also worked for several years with the G.A.T.E.ways Education group, creating and presenting a range of literature and history programs to highly able children across Australia.
Michelle works with schools to present writing programs to all ages, she acts as a Writer-in-Residence with the Ardoch Foundation which offers literacy programs to children in disadvantaged communities and is a Role Model with Books in Homes which provides books of choice to children in lower- socio-economic areas.