I really welcome the opportunity to give creative writing workshops in schools. To date, I’ve done more than 100 author visits to primary and secondary schools in the UK, where I’ve run a whole range of different types of themed events and activities with children from year 3 to year 12.
I particularly enjoy visiting schools during Book Weeks or on World Book Day when everyone likes to dress up and is really excited about meeting a real live author!
Last year I did a series of workshops across the Isle of Wight during their Literary Festival. This is what one secondary school English teacher wrote:
“The workshop was a wonderful and engaging experience and Sarah thanked pupils for their enthusiasm and commitment to writing. The pupils involved were outstanding representatives for the school and they should feel very proud of what they achieved.”
Here’s the article in full: 2017 Workshops at the Island Free School, Isle of Wight
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. Here are some typical comments from recent events:
“I wanted to say that the response from today has been hugely positive and lots of children were very inspired by your visit.”
“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 give a lively interactive presentation in assembly to the whole school, where I might also read aloud from my books and answer questions. Then I usually visit individual classes of up to 30 students for an hour each, where we brainstorm ideas around a creative writing task.
After the success of my first visit, I have been invited back to several schools to give similar sessions to subsequent year groups.
I offer either half day or whole day visits, and for schools that are relatively local to me – ie in Surrey or the boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, Merton and Sutton I’m also happy to just come in and just do an assembly.
I have also produced a KS2 and KS3 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.