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Teens Talk… Future You


Author Lili Wilkinson joins a panel of teen experts to create and share stories of an imagined future, and talk about their hopes for the future of our planet.   


Teens Talk… is professional development with a twist – giving teens the mic to share their expertise with secondary educators about the issues that affect them in the classroom.

This is an opportunity to hear from young people who are leading the conversation on topics that matter to them and to reconsider what it means to teach and listen simultaneously.

Imagine that in 2050, a spaceship sets out to establish a human outpost on a distant planet. Over the next century, characters on Earth and the planet Europa – and travelling in between – will need to work together to make humanity a force for positivity and kindness in the universe.

How will it work? Imagine the possibilities.

In this Teens Talk… event, author Lili Wilkinson will join a panel of teen experts to create and share stories of this imagined future, and talk about their hopes for the future of our planet.

This session will also include a special announcement of an exciting new opportunity for teen and emerging writers.

For schools, the Wheeler Centre is also offering a limited number of writing workshops in which students will be guided through exercises to help them imagine their own futures. Contact Bec Kavanagh, Youth Programming Manager, to find out how to take part in these workshops:

This session is presented in partnership with the Future You program, an initiative of the Women in STEM Ambassador.



You have the option to pay what you can for this for this event. As a guide, the suggested price is $15, although any amount will help cover our costs and keep these events accessible. Bookings are essential.

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Wheeler Education

In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. Our programme offers a range of events that prioritises the voices and experiences of young people – on the stage, and off.


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Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson is the author of sixteen books, including Green Valentine, The Boundless Sublime and After the Lights Go Out. She established and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of ... Read more


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