When Jess and Ed started running courses together back in 2015 they realised they shared a love of teaching creative writing to kids and adults. They both spend a lot of time in schools and saw a need for teachers to feel more confident in the teaching narrative unit. As published writers, they know very well the struggle to put words on the page and they wanted to share this knowledge with both teachers and kids. Many conversations later about what they had seen work for kids to best bring out their creativity and most effectively get results in understanding story craft – Black and Wright was born.
Ed Wright has been teaching writing to children since 2010, most recently as Director of the Newcastle-based writing and editing school, The Creative Word Shop. He is the best-selling author of six popular histories, a book of poems and an award-winning novella. He has a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University and has taught writing at dozens of universities and schools in Australia, Sri Lanka and Japan. He was Deputy Chair of the Board of the National Young Writers’ Festival, writes a review column on Australian Fiction for The Australian newspaper and is the Fiction Publisher for award-winning Newcastle-based literary press, Puncher and Wattmann.
Jess Black is an Australian author of children's books.
She has written over thirty five junior fiction books and two picture books, Moon Dance and The Bold Australian Girl. Jess is the author of the Tales of Mr Walker series, Keeper of the Crystals series, Little Paws series and the co-author of the hugely successful Bindi Wildlife Adventure series, Animal Tales series and The Kaboom Kid series.
Jess has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film and Honours in Theatre Directing. She has worked as a director and writer in children’s theatre, a script writer in children’s television and as a book buyer for Scholastic Book Club. Jess was a senior tutor for the Writers Studio for ten years.
Jess has been conducting writing workshops and author visits for twelve years in primary schools around Australia. She teaches creative writing to both adults and children.