I love running creative writing workshops in schools using the SeaBEAN trilogy. Since October 2013 I have visited over 100 primary and secondary schools all over the UK.
I particularly enjoy visiting schools around World Book Day when they are dressed up and really excited about meeting a real live author!
“We have loved having Sarah Chaplin at Dolphin this term. We want to use her books as a class text, but as so many children have already bought and read SeaBEAN and SeaWAR, it will have to be SeaRISE. So we are buying a class set to get started!”
Mrs Jo Glen, Headteacher, Dolphin School, Clapham
“The boys were also very lucky to be joined in their world book day celebrations by renowned author, Sarah Holding, who produced the SeaBean trilogy of books. Sarah led an assembly for the Prep School followed by small, interactive workshops for each year group. This was a real privilege for the boys to get a glimpse into the mind of such a popular and creative author. They were all particularly excited by the revealing of the front cover of Sarah’s latest book.”
Literacy Coordinator, Priory Prep School, Banstead
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Typically, I will give a lively interactive presentation in assembly to the whole school and answer questions, and then visit individual classes of up to 30 students for half an hour to an hour each, where we brainstorm ideas and set them going with a creative writing task. I have been invited back to several schools for sessions in the next academic year. This can be a morning or afternoon visit.
supplying books and resources to schools
Through our exclusive school book supplier, Firehorse Books Ltd, we are able to offer pupils signed copies of SeaBEAN and SeaWAR at a discount price not available online or in shops. We can also offer through Firehorse Books Ltd the opportunity for schools to order guided reading sets of books, which are available with a Scheme of Work, tailored to the texts and offered free of charge, which is based on the new curriculum and focusing on Literacy, Geography, PSHE, drama and art and design.
feedback from teachers
Teachers have been amazed at how engaged the children are during the workshops, with some non-readers and ultra reluctant readers asking to borrow and read my book after the event. One literacy co-ordinator emailed me earlier this week with this comment:
“I wanted to say that the response from today has been hugely positive and lots of children were very inspired by your visit.”
The images above are of Sarah at Teddington School as part of their 2014 Book Week event, which also featured Meg Rosoff and Phil Earle.
images courtesy Ongar Place Primary School: http://www.ongar-place.surrey.sch.uk/gallery/an-author-visits-ongar/