Writing workshops

& events – online and in person

I offer events and writing workshops for all kinds of settings. I have performed to 1000 children at the Hay Festival and I’ve tutored adults, one-to-one, on Arvon courses. I have guest lectured at universities and I’ve run writing workshops for adults who want to improve their creative skills.

If you are looking for a children’s author to inspire your students, or you’re programming a festival and you’re looking to entertain an audience of book fans, I’d be delighted to discuss your needs.

What i can offer

Writing Workshops

 

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Ages

KS2, KS3, KS4 and adults

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Length

Typically lasting between 60-90 minutes

Number of participants

Suitable for up to 30 students

I use images and photographs to encourage students to create a character and write the first draft of a short story. The sessions are playful, engaging and encourage a growth mindset in students, where experimentation and self-expression are encouraged. The session develops creative thinking and practical writing skills in participants.

This session can be stand-alone, or part of a school visit, when combined with an Author Talk.

‘The feedback from pupils and staff has been overwhelmingly positive, we found the experience very inspiring.’ 

Mr Langton, Year 4 class teacher

Author Talk

 

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Ages

KS2, KS3, KS4 and adults

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Length

Typically lasting 60 minutes

Number of participants

Suitable for up to 250 students

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This session can be stand-alone, or part of a school visit, when combined with a Writing Workshop.

In this interactive and entertaining session I ‘tell the story of a book’. I discuss my sources of inspiration and explain how ideas turned into a manuscript. Audience participation might include planning a new story together, or even embarking on a short piece of writing, depending on the age of the audience. I also read from the book in question, and offer a Q&A session where students can ask anything from ‘How much does a writer earn?’ to ‘How do I become an author?’

This session encourages new approaches to creative writing and demystifies the writing process for students.

‘Many of [the participating students] approached me to tell me they’d written stories off the back of your talk. It’s wonderful seeing them all so inspired.’

Jennie, Manchester Literary Festival

Online Session

 

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Ages

KS2, KS3, KS4 and adults

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Length

Typically lasting 30 minutes

In this short online session, I will introduce a book of your choice, read an extract and host a question and answer session with the students. I am comfortable with most online conferencing software so this can be hosted on the platform of your choice. This session might be best suited as an enrichment activity for a class who are using one of my books in the classroom.

This session is stand-alone. 

Notes

for teachers and festival programmers

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Prices
  • One Author Talk/Workshop: £150
  • Two Author Talks/Workshops: £250
  • Three Author Talks/Workshops: £300
  • One online talk: £50

I don’t do more than three events in one day, as they are performances which require quiet time between events.

Additionally, I also charge expenses, which might include train or hotel costs. I am based in Bristol, in the UK.

I support High Street bookshops and offer a limited number of fee-waiver events per year. Booksellers, please get in touch to check my availability for fee-waiver events.

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Book sales

If you would like to offer booksales to the audience, I would be happy to arrange a signing session. I do not provide books, but I can help you find a nearby local bookshop to act as a supplier, if you do not have one you use regularly.

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What Next?

If you would like to discuss a potential event with me, please get in touch. Let me know what you are looking for from me, your target audience and your ideal dates.

Once we have agreed the details, then I will send you the paperwork needed to confirm the booking.

Get in touch

Contact

If you have any questions then please just get in touch.

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Inspiring stories for everyone