Virginia Thompson: Prep Coordinator:

Julie spent 1 hour with the Prep students at Newport Gardens Primary School. She engaged them through literature and fun activities. They loved her energetic and enthusiastic personality as she read books and danced to music. Julie explained her role as an author and the process she undertakes to write books. We highly recommend Julie to other schools, you were amazing! Thank you.

Beth Cregan: Director of Write Away With Me

Julie shared a fascinating talk to our young writers group.  The kids found her book making process from spark to sparkle particularly interesting, and her accompanying activities were loads of fun.

Eileen Loudon: Former Youth Services Librarian at Monash Public Library Service and current Australian Librarian and Information Association Victoria State Manager.

Julie ran an exciting workshop called “The Inside Skinny of Writing a Mystery” for the Monash Public Library Service. The group of young people, aged 11-16, were very engaged, challenged and the stories they came up with were amazing! 

Author Classroom Visits:

1.0 hour session = $200 or $500 for up to 3 sessions.

Available to Australian Schools in Victoria within CBD and 20 klms surrounding.

Note: I have opened up Book Week bookings for the whole week starting August 21-25 2017. Please drop me a line asap to secure your booking!

Age range: 5-12 and preferably between 30-50 children in a library or classroom setting.

For 2017 Monday will be the preferred day for all sessions.

Availability between 10am – 2:00 pm UTC/GMT + 10 hours EST

( Note Julie lives in Melbourne, Australia)


1.From Spark to Sparkle: the making of a book.

2.Mysterious Ways: The Inside Skinny On Writing A Mystery.

3.Crafting Convincing Villians : Making villains bad, but not too bad.

A book order form will be available on the day and collected 2 weeks after the visit. Books ordered will be supplied to the school within 2 weeks of the order.

Skype Rates and Availability

1.0 hour session = $75 AU, $50 US, 40 GBP

For bookings, please contact me via email to arrange a suitable time according to your timezone  ( julie.grasso@optusnet.com.au)