Getting struggling writers out of the starting blocks is often a challenge, even for the most ingenious and persuasive teacher. I’m passionate about inspiring young writers to feel confident and creative, and have been developing simple but innovative ways to help pupils produce good fictional writing.
Having run workshops in more than 70 schools, ranging from year 3 to year 8, I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t. I often work with the theme of time travel or in the genre of cli-fi, but I can tailor the workshops to suit your school’s current curriculum requirements.
I’m offering schools in Surrey or Greater London the chance to book a one hour creative writing workshop with me for 30 pupils aged 7-12. The cost is £120 for each workshop, but if you help me sell 25 or more copies of my book to your pupils, I won’t charge you anything.
It works like this: the school issues an order form to parents before my visit offering signed copies of ‘SeaBEAN: the trilogy’ at the discounted rate of £12 a copy. I will bring stock of the book with me on the day of your workshop and personally sign copies for pupils on the day, so that children can take their signed copy home with them that evening.
It’s a lot of fun and generates a real buzz in every school I’ve been to. The first 3 activities work best in a school hall or drama studio, the last 4 can take place back in the classroom.
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Any bookings I receive before February half term will also get the chance to enter my Clifi Big Write competition for World Book Day.