David J Williams


    David J Williams enlisted into the Australian Army at 17. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) and worked and trained in the Australian Defence Force and a private PR firm. He then completed a Diploma of Education (Secondary) and worked as a secondary school English teacher where he developed the middle school Writing for Publication and Creative Writing course . He also became the Head of English Department and produced the student anthology Lightning in Kuala Lumpur: A Collection of Student Writing in 2008.

    In 2009, he and friends Neil Grant and Celeste Wahlberg produced the book 1000 Pencils: From Kinglake to Kabul.

    He also produced a sell-out show at the 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival. David and Neil then co-edited From Kinglake to Kabul for Allen & Unwin (released Feb 2011) which won the 2011 Educational Publishing Awards, Secondary School - Best Teaching Resource and Notable book, 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award - Eva Pownall Award for Information Books.

    In March 2011, David travelled ‘from Kinglake to Kabul’ to launch the book and conduct writing workshops at The International School of Kabul (ISK). He then  produced the 1000 Pencils show for the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival.

     David champions student writing. He believes students often write texts that should be collected and published. He has run professional development sessions for teachers at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English state conference and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English national conference.

    David now lives in Melbourne with his family and works as a senior project manager in the e-Learning sector.


Contact dw30@internode.on.net