I have visited hundreds of schools over the years, working with children / students from KS2 upwards. I offer storytelling sessions, workshops on creative writing, thinking skills (and creativity generally) and talks on writing and being a published author.
I am happy to do storytelling / talks with any audience size. Workshops are more effective with class-sized groups or smaller. I will run workshops with larger groups, although these sessions tend to be more of a demonstration of techniques, with pupils subsequently breaking down into smaller groups to try out the activities for themselves. I am happy to do half-day or whole-day visits, or longer residencies to suit your requirements.
My workshops can be geared towards creative writing (prose fiction and poetry), or non-fictional forms of writing and are applicable across a wide age and ability range. The techniques are highly practical and immediately usable - children will find they can apply them straight away to their written work. There is also a 'thinking skills underpinning' to the sessions. In learning how to generate, organise and refine their ideas children will become more familiar with and effective users of a range of thinking 'tools', which they can then apply throughout the curriculum. By becoming more effective and independent creative thinkers, children also find their confidence increasing.
To discuss or book an author visit please email or phone - firstname.lastname@example.org / 0116 367 7084.
Once a date has been fixed I will send a pack of display materials. After my visit I will leave a resource CD containing workshop materials, audio stories, further display etc. I can also bring books to sell on the day (four different titles). Details on request.
Note: I am a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (www.nawe.co.uk) and have a CRB certificate.