Nat Petrohelos

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Published Writing / Awards

2021, Short story published in the anthology, ‘Slippery, Slimy, Feathered and Furred’ a collection of stories for children about endangered Australian animals.

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2017, Two short stories published in the Creative Kids Tales Story Collection, The Niftiest Swifty and Story Lake.

2015, short story, Mission:Forest Floor, placed 5th in Creative Kids Tales competition and published in the Smashwords ebook entitled Deep Within The Forest.  Click to download free book as a pdf or kindle version.

2015, picture book  manuscript, The Magic Moongarden placed 4th in CYA aspiring unpublished picture book competition.


2015, short story, That’s not music! Winner of monthly competition and published on Kids Book Review website. Click to read this story online.



2013, short story, Little Gems, Shortlisted in Grieve writing competition and published in ‘Grieve, short stories for Grief Awareness month.’Available as an e-book on Amazon.


2012, short story, Ever so Gently, Shortlisted in Newcastle Short Story Award and published in ‘The Mercreature and other stories.’


Professional Development

2020 Tim Harris, Writing workshop, Hunter Writer’s Centre

2020 Member of Hunter Writer’s Centre critique group (since 2014)

2019 Jen Storer, Junior Fiction Masterclass, online course

2019 Jacqueline Harvey, Writing for Children course, Hunter Writer’s Centre

2019 Jane Godwin, Davina Bell, ‘Getting Published as a Writer for Children,’ Faber Writing Academy, Allen & Unwin, Sydney

2019 KitLitVic Meet the Publishers conference, Melbourne

2019 Scribbles Masterclass with Jen Storer, Jude Rossell and Lucinda Gifford

2019 Scribbles online writing course, Jen Storer

2018 Sue Whiting writing workshop, Hunter Writer’s Centre

2018 Lesley Gibbes ‘Writing Chapter Books for 6-9 year olds,’ AWC

2017 KidLitVic Meet the Publishers conference, Melbourne

2017 Cathy Tasker ‘Children’s writing workshop,’ Hunter Writer’s Centre

2017 Tristan Bancks ‘Connecting with your audience: Writing for Kids & YA, ‘NSW Writer’s Centre

2017 Lisa Shanahan, ‘From Seed to Story,’ NSW Writer’s Centre

2017 Amy Lovat Dialogue workshop, Hunter Writer’s Centre

2017 Volunteer at Newcastle Writer’s Festival

2017 Member of CBCA, Newcastle branch (since 2015)

2016 KidLitVic Meet the Publishers conference, Melbourne

2015 – 2017 Emerging Author at Creative Kids Tales

2015 Jess Black, ‘Writing for the Children’s Market,’ Hunter Writer’s Centre

2015 CYA conference, Brisbane

2014 Katherine Heyman, ‘The Art & Carpentry of Fiction,’ Newcastle Writer’s Festival

2012 Libby Gleeson, ‘Intensive Picture Book Workshop,’ NSW Writer’s Centre