While he still writes advertising, he now also teaches storycraft to bright young minds in Western Australian schools and writers centres and edits the resulting works for the Born Storyteller books. He completed his first novel in 2007, which remains unpublished. He is married, has two daughters, and writes in his rural studio in the hills north of Perth in Western Australia.
Since its inception in 2005, Kevin has delivered his creative writing program, Learn to Write like A Born Storyteller in over a dozen Western Australian schools and a leading writers centre. He has edited and published over 400 young authors in more than 30 volumes.
Learn to Write like A Born Storyteller began with a discussion at the end of the 2004 school year, in which a classroom teacher asked Kevin to provide a creative writing program to her upper primary class during the following year.
Kevin agreed, and proceeded to design a program based on the simple question:What ten things didn't I know at the beginning of my writing career that, had I known them, would have helped me the most as a young writer?
The result is a unique and innovative program that provides students with a depth of knowledge in planning and writing a story, and gives them a taste of what it's like to be a published author.
Through a rigorous but highly engaging program, students learn techniques of story planning, engage in creative writing exercises specific to the story they are writing, suffer the pain of re-writing, and engage in the editing process of their work in preparation for publication. Each 'Born Storytellers' program is published in an anthology that celebrates the students' work, which is launched at a gala book launch event.
In other words, students participate in a whole-of-process journey from how to plan a story through to signing their books as authors at a book launch event.