Sara Grant


Children's author, Young adults' author

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Website: http://www.sara-grant.com

Contact: Contact Sara via email at

Awards:
Sara's first young adult novel DARK PARTIES won the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Crystal Kite award for Europe.

Audiences:
Adults, 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


Details

Sara is an enthusiastic and experienced presenter. She equally enjoys speaking to a room full of primary school students, an auditorium full of teenagers or a tent full of festival goers. She endeavours to make writing fiction accessible and enjoyable for everyone. She’s an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has given writing workshops in the US, UK, and Europe. 

Feature Presentation for Assemblies

High energy, educational and entertaining are key words to describe Sara’s interactive, feature presentation. She shares her passion for creating and reading stories – mysteries and thrillers in particular. She prefers to show – not tell – her audience how to create an engaging story. She likes to think of it as Author Improv. She’ll take suggestions from audience members and lead them in a session that demonstrates how easy it is to create an original story. She hopes her audience will leave inspired to tell their own stories.

“Sara held our students captivated and when you consider that the audience was made up of 200 year 7 students plus a further 60 form the local primary school, you will appreciate this is no mean feat. I have hosted over 30 author visits as a school librarian and I would rate Sara’s talk as one of the best.” -- Ann Smy, librarian, Brentwood County High School

Creative Writing Workshops

Sara is happy to talk in-depth about creative writing, focus on a particular aspect of writing – plot, character, setting, etc. – or work one-on-one with students on fiction writing projects. Sara’s favourite presentation is a ‘crash course’ in creating fiction. Through brainstorming, character and plotting exercises, each student will develop their own story. Her ‘crash course’ can focus on general fiction or feature writing a mystery or thriller.

 “What was notable was the way in which [Sara] succeeded in interesting both the enthusiasts and the more hesitant…She’s a lovely person and the girls felt entirely at ease with her…Her mix of charm and practicality worked well, and the girls knew that they were in safe hands. Sara is strong and I can imagine her being successful in a wide variety of school environments.” – Susan Waller, head of learning and life skills, Kent College, Tunbridge Wells

Sare would be happy to work with you to create an experience that’s right for your audience. 

More About Sara 

Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her published work ranges from dark dystopian novels for young adults to an action-adventure series for teens to a fun, magical series for young readers. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She co-founded Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of thirty-two authors, who now have written more than 120 children’s books. (www.undiscoveredvoices.com) She is also a member of The Edge, eight UK-based authors working together writing a blog and running events across the country. (edgeauthors.blogspot.co.uk) Sara was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She lives in London.

Books
Chasing Danger (isbn:978-1-407163-29-1)
An action-adventure set in the Maldives with 14-yr-old heroes Chase & Mackenzie
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Chasing Danger: Mystery at the Ice Hotel (isbn:978-1-4071-6330-7)
Chase & Mackenzie's 2nd adventure: solving a whodunit in the Arctic Circle
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Half Lives (isbn:978-1-78062-169-2)
An apocalyptic thriller. Two teen characters separated by time but connected by a deadly secret.
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Magic Trix: The Witching Hour (isbn:978-1-4440-0777-0)
This is the first of six fun and magical Magic Trix books
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Dark Parties (isbn:978-1-78062-010-7)
Dystopian thriller. What price would you pay for freedom?
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Organisations:
Sara is a member of the Society of Authors, the Society of Children's Book Writes and Illustrators and the National Association of Writers in Education.

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Crime/Thrillers, Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult

Keywords:
action, adventure, Skype, disability, humour, humor, experience, interactive, education, fiction, mystery, thriller, funny