UPCOMING EVENTS May 2017…
SCWIB RETREAT Friday 12th May- Sunday 14th
Thursday 18th May- Waterstones Newcastle – times to be confirmed
Saturday 20th May– Waterstones Taunton book signing 11am-2pm
Monday 22nd May- Waterstones Salisbury book signing 4pm-6pm
Tuesday 23rd May– Waterstones Plymouth ( school event but signed books will be available in store)
Thursday 25th May– Hay Festival – schools event
Friday 26th May- Waterstones Yeovil (school event but signed books also available in store)
Saturday 27th May– Waterstones Exeter Roman Gate (opposite John Lewis) book signing 11am-2pm
School visits are an exciting part of being a writer. Lucky for me, I also teach English (including Creative Writing) to 11-18 year olds, so I’m quite at home in a school setting.
I am happy to talk about any aspect of writing. My own writing specialism is for middle grade readers (9-12 year olds). To date, my stories are set in the Victorian era: one is a ghost story, the other is about a tightrope walker who crosses Niagara Falls. Both have strong female main characters.
My visits comprise a talk, a workshop, or both. I am happy to discuss a school’s requirements beforehand and adapt accordingly.
General Talk About Being a Writer
Length: 1 hour total ( 45mins talk/readings, 15 mins Q+A)
Numbers: flexible- (class size, year group size, assembly size)
Content: Why I became a writer, where my inspirations come from, the process of writing a book from idea to publication, readings from ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ and ‘Little Miss Blondin.’ Images and props used.
Creative Writing Workshop
Length: whole day, half day, 1 hour sessions
Numbers: Ideally no more than 20. Max 30.
Content: Sessions may be on any of these topics.
Getting Started: fun ways to be inspired.
Writing Ghost Stories
Creating Another World
Using History to Write a Story
Creating Character and Voice
Writing Adventure Stories
I have a PGCE in English and 18 years classroom experience. I also have an MA in Creative Writing. Each year, I accompany our students on a week’s creative writing residential at the Arvon Foundation’s centre in Devon. I often run events in my own school, as well as workshops for students from our feeder primary schools.
I am also available through the Patron of Reading scheme:
Contact + Fees:
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , or via my publicist Hannah Love at Faber. My fees are £185 for an hour session, £350 for half day (3 hours), £500 full day plus expenses. This is in line with the Society of Authors rates.