In addition to writing, I enjoy visiting schools and talking to students, discussing some of the themes arising from my books as well as running a variety of creative writing workshops suitable for any age and ability.
- The Power of Stories – examining where we find stories and what responsibilities we have as both storytellers and as consumers. Should we accept the stories we are told? Or should we question them further…?
- Gender Stereotyping in Pop Culture – looking at the way play is gendered from birth by the marketing of pink/blue toys and how this impacts on the media we consume as we grow older.
- Character Creation (Heroes and Villains) – students use popular characters from literature, TV and film to explore the importance of strengths, weaknesses and desire in developing believable heroes (and villains).
- Character Creation (Advanced) – using Post-It notes, students break down popular characters from literature, TV and film, examining what role they play in telling a story and how different characteristics affect this role.
- Doing the Dialogue – advance workshop for confident writers who wish to improve on how they use dialogue in their creative writing.
- Letters to Our Future Selves – a workshop inspired by the themes in UNBOXED specifically designed to encourage students who lack confidence in writing exercises.
I offer either full days or one-off sessions and charge in accordance with the Society of Authors. If you are considering a visit and would like more information regarding the sessions I offer, please get in touch using the contact form.
Although these sessions have been developed with teen writers in mind, they are suitable for anyone writing children’s and teen fiction and I’m happy to visit writing groups or offer sessions for conferences.