How to book Michael for Talks, Workshops and Other Visits

Michael Wagner at a school assembly in his Undys - the nightmare finally came true!

I cannot guarantee that I’ll be wearing big, white undies.

For Victoria, NSW, Queensland, WA, Tasmania, NT and the ACT contact Booked Out Speakers Agency on:

For South Australia, contact Carole Carroll at Literary Australia:

Or email me directly.

Or print this page and give it to your teacher or librarian.

What I do when I visit

Michael’s entertaining, uplifting, content-rich talks and workshops:

  • bring stories to life
  • inspire kids to read and write
  • equip students with new writing skills
  • and provide insights into the techniques of a professional author.
Michael Wagner, Julia Gillard and Mike Larkham at the MS Readathon

Woah! I met former Prime Minister Julia Gillard once and Mike Larkham too. I was so honoured!

Feedback from teachers and librarians

“Our Junior School really enjoyed and were inspired by Michael’s talk … the students loved hearing his funny, and sometimes gross, stories. They liked the way he talked about how ideas were like dreams – very slippery and could be lost or forgotten easily if they weren’t written down.  The students are still raving about ‘slippery’ ideas and many are asking parents for journals to write their ideas in. Several of our Year 2 students went home the night of Michael’s presentation and wrote stories, bringing them back to proudly show their teachers the next day. I particularly liked the way Michael helped students to understand character development.” – Haileybury, August 2009

“The children thought he was fantastic and he was very inspiring, especially for young boys who are reluctant to read.”

“Anyone who shares stories about frisbeeing nappies, self-gratuitous football commentary and conducts a game of corridor cricket in a library is a genius.”

“Very engaging, funny, couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces.”

“Funny, inspiring, very entertaining.”

“Many students were inspired to start writing their own stories.”

“He had a wonderful rapport with all of the students.”

“Great audience involvement.”

Michael Wagner with a flag at a school talk - who knows why!?

Here I am waving a flag. I’m not sure why.

Feedback from students

“I learnt that there are ideas everywhere you look and how precious ideas are.”

“I learnt that some people do 40 drafts instead of 1 or 2.”

“I learnt to always have fun with my writing.”

“Today I learnt how to get ideas to start a story and what to do if you can’t think anymore.”