Creative Writing Workshops

From sailing the seas with Captain Cut-throat, to landing in the middle of a rainforest adventure on the back of an oversized parrot, my workshops stimulate even the most reluctant of writers – boys and girls. Broken down into manageable chunks, each workshop is tailored to meet the specific needs and varying abilities of the children with whom I work.

Whether it be travelling to Space in a brand new rocket, or fighting a fire-breathing dragon that has just gobbled up the Head Teacher, I offer sessions that are designed to enthuse and delight everybody in the class. Time is always given at the end of a session for some of the children to read out their work.

One of my best loved (and unique) workshops is my ‘Story from Scratch’ session where I help the whole group to create a story out of nothing. Children often remember the story that they’ve created years after my visit, and always have a great sense of ownership of it. They are also incredibly engaged and desperate to write down the story that we’ve created.

My passion for writing, added to my enthusiasm within the classroom, make for writing workshops that children love.

I am happy to bring my own writing workshops or to link with current classroom topics.

My writing workshops are appropriate for all Primary school aged children.

What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone 😀

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My first ever i-movie!

One of my poems called ‘I Like Reading’

My girls helped a lot with the technical aspects.

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Last Thursday I met a lad called Barry - an unusual name for a primary school pupil these days.

He was great, and all the staff spoke really highly of him. I wrote this poem with Barry in mind. I then discovered that in a couple of weeks it’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so it seems appropriate to post this now.

Enjoy!! The poem is called (rather imaginatively, I thought) ... Barry!
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Look at this! How wonderful. As you might have seen, I've been collecting #booksforJacob - a young man in one of my Patron of Reading schools who loves reading more than anything else. Only, he's read every book in school. So I asked if anyone could help out. And it's begun! An author friend is sending him a signed copy of her latest book, several others on Twitter / Facebook have been sending them to his school addressed to him, and then yesterday MANDY BROOMHEAD, bless her cotton socks, hand delivered a parcel. Jacob's mum found me on Twitter today to thank me. It's so lovely when you get to see the impact you have, and this, Mandy, is the impact you've had.

Anyone else who would like to donate, please let me know. And, if you're worried that Jacob will have read everything already, a small cash donation could be a good alternative - I had this idea that we could send him off to a bookshop to find new books that he'd never read!

Thanks again.

It's good to have a story that makes you smile once in a while.

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High Bank Hi Jinks!

I was back at one of my favourite schools today - High Bank in Liversedge. It was them, remember, for whom we collected all those books earlier in the year. I just LOVE this school. I was reminded once again...