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St Rita's College and Read Like A Girl present:

Remarkable Women Conference
A Day Conference for Secondary Students, Teachers and Librarians uncovering the power of reading and writing for academic success.
Friday 19 July 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm
St Rita's College: 41 Enderley Road, Clayfield

Tickets: $40.00 each including lunch

(Ticket become Tax Invoice at point of Purchase)

This unique day-long conference for secondary students, teachers and library staff brings out of the shadows exciting skills from the knowledge base of some of our most loved writers and reading industry representatives.

Featuring Keynote Speakers Carly Finlay and Jenna Guillaume, the Read Like a Girl Remarkable Women Conference aims to present innovative and awe-inspiring Professional Development for teachers and library staff, captivate students by exploring the brilliance of research application in writing, disarm the myths of a craft traditionally associated with leisure and champion what reading can do to help everyone reach their full potential.

Attendees will hear from two keynote speakers, attend four workshops and take part in a panel discussion which will conclude the event. All Conference participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance mapped to relevant AITSL standards.

Please select a stream for your workshops when booking. Selecting at the time of booking is for indication of numbers only.

Streams include:

Honing the Craft – Develop your literary voice: garner inspiration to cultivate your creative writing skills

Applications of Research – Insight into the differing applications of research in assisting academic and creative writing

From Leisure to Learning – Explore the turning point: reading for enjoyment, the champion of learning and, in turn, accelerating achievement

Professional Development (Library and teaching staff only)

Please see the website for a full list of authors and workshops for each stream. https://srclibrary.wixsite.com/stritaslibrary/remarkablewomenconference

Please Note: This conference is being held on a school day during school hours. When booking for a student, permission to attend from the student’s school, must be sought for each student prior to a booking being made. By confirming your booking, St Rita’s College assumes that appropriate permissions have been sought by your student’s school. St Rita’s College takes no responsibility for the attendance at the Conference by students who have not sought relevant permissions to attend from their school.

Keynote Speakers

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for publications including the ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC’s You Can’t Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. She organised history making Access to Fashion — a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models. Carly identifies as a proud disabled woman — she lives with a rare severe skin condition - Ichthyosis.

Jenna Guillaume

Jenna Guillaume was editor-at-large for BuzzFeed Australia, where she wrote about very important things like pop culture, identity, feminism, social media, and Chris Hemsworth’s biceps. Previously, she spent more than half a decade in the features department of Girlfriend magazine, editing the sealed section (yes, all those questions are real), and writing about everything from bullying and body image to bad kisses and boy bands. She was also a contributor to Girlfriend Life Hacks, an essential guide to navigating a girl’s completely-awkward-but-totally-awesome teen years.


8:00am Doors Open/ Registration/ Networking 

8:30am Welcome and Keynote speaker 1  

9:20am Keynote speaker 2

10:00am Morning Tea and Exclusive Book Launch 

10:50am 2 x 50 min workshops (session 1) 

         Professional Development - Kay Oddone,  Kirri Webb

         Honing the Craft - Nova Weetman, Jane Godwin

         Applications of Research - Shastra Deo, Nikki McWatters

         From Leisure to Learning - Jenna Guillaume, A.J. Betts

12:30pm Lunch 

1:30pm 2 x 50 min workshops (session 2)

         Professional Development - Shastra Deo, Jenna Guillaume

         Honing the Craft - A.J. Betts, Nikki McWatters

         Applications of Research - Kay Oddone, Nova Weetman

        From Leisure to Learning - Carly Findlay, Jane Godwin

3:20pm Author Signing 

3:40pm Panel “What makes a remarkable woman?” 

4:30pm Close


Enquiries: Kathryn Schravemade:  sch@stritas.qld.edu.au