Presentations & Workshops


Frané’s presented at the Edinburgh International Writers Festival, Eric Carle Museum, Brooklyn Book Festival, Ubud Writer’s Festival Bali, Singapore Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Bookaroo Festival India, Bookworm Festival Beijing and Chengdu China, Bologna Book Fair, SCBWI Los Angeles and thousands of schools around the world. Frané is a dynamic presenter and shares with students of all ages the process of writing and illustrating picture books. Her optimism, humor and touch for detail in the wealth of stories she has to tell, is sure to hold any audience captive.

She offers a selection of challenging, engaging workshops for primary, high school and adults that can be tailored to your audience.  Her workshops are pitched to the age group, ability level, and area of interest of the participants. This is a rare opportunity to meet and work with an award winning childrens’ book author/illustrator. It is sure to be a memorable experience that students will cherish for the rest of their lives. Suddenly, the process of book making is no longer a mystery but an achievable and enjoyable goal. You can enquire about Frané’s availability and speaker’s fees by contacting Frané.

Open Book Foundation USA


Programs Offered

Animal War Heroes  While there is much focus on soldiers in war, many creatures, great and small, served their nations in times of war.  Midnight is a WW1 story of a soldier and his beloved  mare. Simpson and his Donkey tells a story of Duffy, the faithful donkey, who carried wounded soldiers from the battlefront. Hear Frané breath life into these touching true stories of bravery.

True Stories of Legendary Bushrangers   Take a wild imaginative journey to the past and find out about two legendary bushrangers: Ned Kelly and Moondyne Joe. Discover the story of Moondyne Joe, not known for blazing gunfights or robbing banks, but for his amazing ability to escape every time he was placed behind bars. Find about Ned Kelly’s green sash, one of his most prized processions given to him for rescuing a boy. Recreate Ned Kelly’s mask with your own story inside.

The Mayflower  The story of the Pilgrim’s journey to New England through colorful illustrations and vivid prose. Join Frané and delve into the story behind the book. Come on a journey of discovery…and craft your own cutout illustration!

 The Greatest Liar on Earth There is not a stir or a whisper when Louis de Rougemont steps onto the stage to recount his astonishing experiences. It is the most amazing story a man ever lived to tell – a breathtaking tale of catastrophe and miraculous events. But critics say he is an imposter with a gift for ripping yarns. Are Louis’s tales true? Or is he the greatest liar on earth?  Truth is Stranger than Fiction. After you have been entertained by a ripping yarn, does it matter if it is actually true or not? “Grow” your own story and create an illustration to take away.

Folk Tales from Around the World  Some people believe a giant sea turtle created the earth, others by a sky god who lives on the moon and some say by a small boy who fished up land from the sea. Come and be enchanted by the world of stories and take away your own lift the flap turtle folktale.

 Around the World in 60 Minutes 
Go on a book safari and travel to the islands of the Caribbean, the deserts of the Sahara and the jungles of the Amazon. Practical ideas to help you develop, plan and design your own book inspired by the wonders of the world. Children will commence on working on individual books.

A is for Australia Discover the wonders of Australia on an adventure down under, into the rugged outback with Frané.

Bringing History to Life  History is full of adventures and curious, larger-than-life characters. It is a vibrant and rich vein of material for writers and storytellers. Through our inspiring stories from the past, we will discuss the process of research and the ‘journeys of discovery’ that help balance creative interpretation with historical authenticity.

Meet the Author/Illustrator   A fun infotainment session where Frané will cover the process of making books.  Students will gain insight into the crafting of narrative through words and images. Frané shows where ideas come from and the various components of research and practical ideas that could be used both at school and at home to create picture books. A fantastic way for children to meet a published author and illustrator and hear about the process involved in creating books. Three sessions per day with Q & A.

Make Your Own Storybook  Two x 2-hour sessions per day with a maximum of 1 class per session. The students will individually design a spread for a class book or commence working on individual books. The students will work from roughs, drafts and page plans.

Professional Development Workshops

Picture A Story: Join Frané Lessac as she takes the mystery out of making books. From the spark of an idea to the finished book, it all starts with a little imagination This workshop will give tips on how to assist students to organize their ideas into words and pictures.Inspiring student’s natural curiosity about writing, illustrating and the power of the story.  Frané will cover practical activities including: terminology, ideas, page plans, design, illustration techniques and materials.


Creating Cross Cultural Picture Books

Researching Historical Fiction

Getting Published

Making Pictures Talk

Following points need to be taken into consideration when planning:

1. Keep like age groups together.

2. Older students to have longer afternoon sessions.

3. Allow time for exhibitions to be changed, if required.

4. Sessions can be arranged to best fit your school timetable.


  • Data projector OR smart board and power board
  • Microphone for over 100 students
  • White board
  • Workshops – Materials required. Please contact Frané
  • Same space for all sessions, i.e., students coming to the library, spare classroom, or an art room

*Make Your Own Storybook* sessions require access to a class set of chairs and tables or a class set of boards/clipboards for students to lean on.


Frané’s knowledge, style, and genuine love for children were apparent in everything she did. Her flexibility and warmth were very much appreciated by our entire staff. – Bangkok International School, Thailand.

Frané’s warmth, enthusiasm, and special connection with young people was apparent on every occasion. – Jakarta International School, Indonesia.

Frané has been associated with the Fremantle Childrens’ Literature Centre for the past fifteen years providing eight outstanding exhibitions of her award winning picture books and undertaking numerous residencies at the Centre, throughout rural West Australia, and Internationally. Her wide range of workshops are well structured and very practical as well as creative and entertaining. Students and teachers alike respond to her warmth and professionalism. – Lesley Reece, Director, Fremantle Children¹s Literature Centre, Australia.

Suddenly, the process of book making is no longer a mystery but an achievable and enjoyable goal. – Gidgegannup Primary School, Australia.

Frané’s approach to the children and the workshop content was well developed and age appropriate. The teachers found it a rare opportunity to work with a professional author, develop their own skills and repertoire of strategies to teaching the writing/illustrating process. – Paraburdoo District High School, Australia.

I want to thank you for a wonderful visit to the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. It was such a pleasure to meet you and to listen to your presentation. You made a great connection to our second graders, and inspired them to create their own picture books, which, when complete will be housed in our library. Thanks again, and please let us know when you will be here again. We would love another chance to have you present to our students. – Beryl Bresgi, Solomon Schechter Day School, New Milford New Jersey.

Thanks a million for all your efforts at our school last week. All the children really enjoyed the experience and they can’t stop talking about you. We are thrilled with the outcomes for the week. To meet and interact with a real author and illustrator has made a significant contribution to literacy outcomes in our school. The way you took the challenges in your stride and worked so hard is a credit to your professionalism. We have really enjoyed reading and interacting with your books this year. You were great company and we hope to work with you again some day. – Jamie and Paula Sgherza, Wanalirri School, Gibb River, Australia.

I cannot tell you the level of enthusiasm here at Moriah as a result of your visit! The children SO enjoyed meeting you and hearing your saga of being an author and illustrator, and living in and traveling to faraway places to do your research. (My first two classes this morning begged for your books). We will always cherish and remember your visit here. – Shelly Feit –Teacher/Librarian, Moriah School of Englewood, New Jersey USA.

Thank you for the exceptional quality, warmth, and professionalism that you showed to our students, staff, and myself during your visit. The children were captivated by your appearances and your books have become the most sought out titles in our library….as they should be! Thank you for being so flexible and generous with your time. I have no doubt that you have ignited our students’ imaginations and opened them up to writing, illustrating, and literature. It was a joy to work with someone who is so passionate about their work! –Dominick Martiniello, Richard Connor Elementary, Suffern, New York USA.