School Visits

 

 

 

I offer creative writing workshops and present talks to community groups such as writer’s groups and the Women’s Institute groups but mainly I give writing workshops in schools both primary and secondary. If you would like me to visit your school, writing group or other community group, please do contact me on the contact form provided. I have a current Enhanced DBS Certificate and am a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).

St Andrews CE Primary School
St Andrews CE Primary School

Over the years I have visited a number of schools in Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Dorset and Wales to give creative writing advice and run workshops. These are great fun and it’s wonderful to see young children become enthused and responsive. It’s also very encouraging when I see how their writing matures over time. Imagination is a marvellous gift and it’s a shame when we lose that sense of fun and wonderment as the years go by.

I offer half day workshops covering:-

  1. The use of imagination, creating characters and researching / inventing character names, writing about legendary and fantasy characters
  2. The use of adjectives, punctuation, structure and writing from prompts
  3. What will stimulate your reader’s interest in your writing?  What draws a reader to a book?  Where does inspiration come from?
  4. Being an author
  5. No Slow Writing / No DADWAVERS.  Writing from the heart, not the rulebook by using your imagination and choice of structure
My Winterne book characters
My Winterne book characters

Last year I visited Southwold Primary School in Radford, Nottingham and Forest Glade Primary in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and spent half a day at each school working with Years 5 and 6. In addition, as a participant in the Sherborne Literary Festival in Dorset, I visited five schools in two days, Sherborne Primary School, Sherborne Abbey Primary School, St Andrews CE Primary School in Yetminster, Leweston School and Sherborne Preparatory School and ran creative writing workshops for pupils in School years 3 to 8. These visits were great fun and inspirational for me…I hope they were for the pupils. As a little extra, I set a competition for the children for after the festival. I read a short story for the children and then asked them to send me their own imaginative versions. The results made wonderful reading.

If you would like me to visit your school, please send me a message on my contact page.