For all secondary and primary teachers, librarians and those interested in promoting literacy: there's a professional development seminar this Saturday at the RACV club in Melbourne, designed to inform and inspire! 

Maybe I'll see you at the cocktail party afterwards? 

SCHEDULE
9.00 - 9.45 Registration, tea and coffee on arrival
9.45 - 10.00 Welcome and Introduction: Susan Halliday
10.00 - 10.45 Keynote Address, Reading Into the Future
Paul Collins, Ford Street Publishing
10.45 – 11.15 Susanne Gervay & Dianne Bates – Panel
Discussion issues-based novels
Moderator: Paul Collins
11.15 – 11.45 MORNING TEA BREAK
11.45 – 12.30 Michael Salmon: Illustration techniques for school
and library.
12.30 – 1.15 Meredith Costain: Creating picture books with
students
1.15 – 2.15 LUNCH BREAK
2.15 – 3.00 Tony Thompson: VCE Texts/Primary Texts
3.00 – 3.45 Panel Discussion – Sports Books for Boys
Phil Kettle and Michael Panckridge: Moderator
Michael Hyde
3.45 – 4.15 Gabrielle Wang: Discusses the experience of Race
and Culture
4.15 – 4.30 Summary, prizes and close
4.30 – 5.00 Book sales and signings
OPTIONAL – You will be invited as our Guest to us for:
5.00 -.600 Happy hour cocktails in the Gallery Room, also
Story-telling by Jackie Kerin
6.30 – 7.00 Canapés in the Grand Ballroom
7.00 – 9.30 Dinner and Presentation of the Young Australian
Art & Writers Awards
(Your table will be hosted by a leading children’s
Author/Illustrator)