Workshops & Talks

Writer, reader, speaker: Narrelle M Harris

Award-winning author and experienced public speaker, Narrelle M Harris, can enliven and enrich your next event with a selection of talks and writers’ workshops. She covers topics as diverse as how growing up reading influenced her life, how writers get their ideas, the symbolism of vampires in fiction, and the enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes.

Narrelle has a background in theatre and public speaking. She speaks at libraries, bookstores and other events.

Narrelle was previously a regular guest on radio show The Outland Institute on Joy 94.9FM, as the show’s book expert. She regularly appears on and hosts panels at conferences and festivals. She has been a guest speaker for the MEAA and the ASA about e-readers and apps, and has appeared on  Joy FM’s Friday Drive and on 96.5 Inner FM on Lucille Hughes’ Reading and Writing program.

If you would like to engage Narrelle as a speaker,
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“If you need a well spoken author who captivates the audience, I highly recommend Narrelle.” –Josie Mitzi, Craigieburn Library.

From Stoker to Stackhouse: the Vampire as Metaphor.

“In her talk at the Waurn Ponds Library, Narrelle guided us in challenging the stereotype of the Vampire and explained many of their historic and cultural variances .  Narrelle also explained and illustrated the complexities of Vampire metaphors, which included  political, social, ethnic, religious and sexual, to name but a few.  Narrelle is an incredibly knowledgeable, articulate and energetic presenter.  That coupled with her great sense of humour made for an extremely entertaining evening.”
– Olivia Simaitis, Waurn Ponds Library

Killer Opening Sentences workshop

Narrelle Harris visited the Wimmera Regional Library during Library Week 2015 to give her “Growing up reading” talk at a number of branches and to conduct a writing workshop “Killer opening sentences”.  At all sessions her enthusiasm, professionalism and enjoyment of her subject matter were apparent to all who attended.  She easily involved her audience and kept everyone engaged.  Comments from attenders included: “Fascinating – touched on many points that I can strongly relate to – very informative, very funny and entertaining” and “She was excellent – could listen to her again on any topic!”
– Leanda Elliott, Wimmera Regional Library

Building Believable Fantasy Worlds workshop

“Narrelle is a warm and engaging workshop facilitator, and had all the participants completely spellbound for the entire time. She even adapted one of her existing workshops to fit the themeof the festival we were running it as a part of – no small feat as this required a lot of research and work on her part. Narrelle is very generous with her time and skills,  and an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. I cannot recommend her workshops highly enough!”
– Aimee Rhodes, Melbourne Library Services – Dr Who and Building Believable Worlds, November 2013

“Narrelle Harris conducted a lively and engaging workshop at Ballarat in October 2012. Narrelle showed us how our created worlds should have consistency, internal logic and credibility. She emphasised that our worlds need texture and depth through using all the senses. A writing exercise after lunch considered the opening paragraph as we all worked on a new one or shared an existing piece. Narrelle handled this session positively and with great encouragement.A great day that saw us all leaving inspired to continue our writing.”
– Marian Chivers, Secretary, Ballarat Writers Inc.

“Narrelle is an inspirational speaker/author who threaded a wonderful tale of discovering a way to develop believable fantasies. Her knowledge of developing her story through geography, her travels and experiences kept the audience totally captivated for over an hour with lots of interesting questions and answers at the end of the session. Definitely worthwhile for those who love writing.”
Judy Cousins, Emerald Library.

Writing Sex and Intimacy workshop

We were very privileged to have Narrelle visit our SciFi/ Fantasy writing group recently and share her expertise with a Sex and Intimacy workshop. The theme is something that we, as writers, have all stumbled across quite often and we recognised a definite need to make sure we get it right.  Narrelle was fantastic. The workshop was fun, full of conversation and we were also able to analyse and share our thoughts on some of her work within this genre, learning all the way.Narrelle’s enthusiasm and humour shone through and she shared invaluable tips and ideas for
navigating different levels of intimacy between characters, as well as writing effective sex and erotica scenes. 
Altogether, the workshop was excellent and we all left feeling more confident and inspired in our ability to tackle these scenes. Very highly recommended, thank you Narrelle!
– Hayley Barry-Smith, Alternate Worlds, Melbourne

Growing Up Reading talk

“Narrelle gave an engaging talk here at Coburg Library about her experiences of growing up reading.  She expertly drew out members of the group  to also share their experiences of reading when they were growing up. Everyone really enjoyed it.”
– Michael Marsh, Coburg Library.

“Narrelle’s talk about her book The Opposite of Life was great – she was a vibrant and interesting speaker who takes an obvious delight in her work and has a lot of fun with it. There was a lot of interaction with the audience, with many great questions being asked. A very worthwhile event.”
– Christine Hornby, Community Programs Librarian, Brunswick Library.