Smiling portraits of First Nations authors Jared Thomas and Karen Wyld.

Published on 29 April 2022

Calling all budding First Nations writers

Are you a First Nations author in the making? Do you have a story to tell but don't know where to start?

Join acclaimed First Nations authors Karen Wyld and Jared Thomas for a series of workshops and mentoring sessions aimed at emerging First Nations writers.

A free introduction evening will be held on Wednesday 4 May (6–8pm) at Aldinga Library where they’ll share they share their writing journeys and talk about how you can start yours. This is the start of a series of workshops and mentoring sessions to support emerging First Nations writers.

The workshops are suitable for First Nations adults and young people aged 16+. Bookings are essential and can be made via the City of Onkaparinga website/Eventbrite.

About the authors

Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author living on the south coast of Adelaide. She is a descendant of the Martu people of the Pilbara region in WA. Her first novel, When Rosa Came Home, was shortlisted for the City of Onkaparinga 2015 People's Choice Award. Her second novel, Where the Fruit Falls, won the 2020 Dorothy Hewitt Award and listed for other awards. In 2021, she had an illustrated non-fiction book for children published titled Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from History.

Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Research Fellow of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Cultural at the South Australian Museum and the University of South Australia. An international award-winning children's and young adult fiction writer, his novel Calypso Summer is on the International Youth Library White Raven list of books that deserve worldwide attention. Jared’s other releases include Songs that Sound Like Blood and the Game Day series co-written with NBA player and Olympian Patty Mills.