Roanna is an experienced workshop facilitator and presenter. She has taught in schools, at universities, and in communities for many years, in the areas of creative writing, media studies, and postcolonial literatures. She offers writing workshops for all ages and levels of writing experience.

Her most recent workshop, ‘Rewilding your short story’, at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2017, was a very successful all-day workshop that sold-out soon after being announced.

What participants said:

“Loved the course. It’s not often you get the opportunity to write in a structured environment with so many fantastic activities and advice from someone who clearly knows what she’s talking about. The only negative is that I’m exhausted from writing so much, which isn’t really a negative at all. Thank you!”

“Workshop was excellent. Well-structured. Good time control. Good topics.”

“I really enjoyed the amount of writing we actually did. It was a writing workshop and it lived up to its name. The handouts and extracts were quite varied. I have a couple of texts that I would like to look up from them. It was a mixed group, but we were encouraged to interact and critique well. Altogether, I felt very welcomed and confident in this setting.”

“You are able to respond to people’s contributions in class in a way that highlights the strength of their contribution. It feels warm, inclusive, and authentic.”


Upcoming workshops

Short Story workshop with Roanna Gonsalves at Byron Writers’ Festival

Date: Thursday 3 August
10.00AM – 4.00PM
 Byron Community College Room 2

Book here


If you would like a workshop tailored to the specific needs of your school, workplace, community group, team-building program, festival etc, please contact Roanna at or on Twitter @roannagonsalves