I love doing school visits and can work with you to create just the right event. Some of the activities I can offer during a writer visit are: Q&A– How did you become a writer? What are your favourite books? What’s the process of being published like? How well do you think you wrote a male point of view character? Ask me anything about books, reading, writing and (quite possibly) anything else. I like Twin Peaks, pre-1994 rock, punk and grunge, sci-fi, 80s teen movies, beaches, witchy stuff and coffee, to give you a heads up. Book signing – I’m delighted to sign copies of my book and can organise a bookseller to come along and sell books if necessary. Writing workshops – I’ve taught creative writing for the last eight years so have loads of fun games and activities for teens to try – description, dialogue, location/setting, characterisation, genre or just getting started and making writing fun. Talk to me if you’re looking for something in particular; I’m sure we can come up with something brilliant. Presentations – I have two one-hour fun multimedia presentations that I deliver as part of school visits: Witch Fitch, a review of my favourite witches in fiction, and how representations of witches have changed over time, and Utopia/Dystopia, which asks students to consider why writers might create dystopias, why they’re so popular, what the elements of dystopia are and what some of the best ones are. Feedback on student’s writing – I can work one-to-one with students and help them with particular pieces of writing or work with a creative writing group. Teacher development – I can work with you and your colleagues to run a creative, non-intimidating and (dare I say it) fun day of writing activities as CPD or as part of a wider school focus on reading or writing for pleasure.
Most of the above activities can be combined into a day of varied activities if required. See the attached school visits flyer for more details.