2012-11-28 10.03.02

School visits are an exciting part of being a writer. Lucky for me, I have also been an  English teacher  (including Creative Writing) to 11-18 year olds, so I’m 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).

 My visits generally 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

Length1 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. 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

My Qualifications

I have a PGCE in English and 18 years classroom experience. I also have an MA in Creative Writing. I have appeared at the Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and Hay Festivals, and am a tutor for the Arvon Foundation on their creative writing courses for schools and adults.

Contact + Fees:

Please contact me at , or via my publicist Hannah Love at Faber. These are in line with the Society of Authors rates. NB rates are for visits within the UK.

1 hour session (author talk or workshop)  – £275 plus expenses

Each subsequent hour- £125 plus expenses

30 min Skype Q+A with class or assembly – £100

****Please note: If your school is outside of the South-West (or more than 30 miles from Taunton)  then I’m only able to accept  bookings for a minimum of 3 hours. Thank you.**** 


3 thoughts on “Visits

    1. Hi Alison, what a lovely invitation, thanks very much. Do you have an email address where I can contact you so we can chat further about a possible trip? Many thanks + look forward to hearing from you, Emma

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