Benjamin Scott

Also writes as Max Chase

Children's author, Young adults' author, Author of books for adults, Ghostwriter

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Website: http://www.benjaminscott.net

Contact: Please email or phone 07879275750 to discuss things further. You can also contact me via my website or via Twitter @benjamin_scott

Audiences:
Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 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

Thank you for checking out my profile. I am determined to share as much of my excitement and joy from writing and reading as I can to a range of audiences, from primary school pupils to adults. Whether presenting a KS2 assembly or giving an after-dinner talk, I hope to energise, excite and inspire my audience.

Who am I? 
 
I am the lead author on the ghost-written Star Fighters series (having written 5 books as Max Chase), the co-author of a career guide for graduates and I am working with my agent on several children's novels under my own name. I've taught on the Creative Writing A'Level (AQA) and on the Young Adult Fiction online course for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education as well as offering a private critique service. I've been actively developing my career as a writer for over fifteen years and I am happy to talk about my journey as a writer and share what I've learnt so far.
 
What am I able to offer?
 
My writing workshops are always interactive and tailored to those taking part. I can offer them on a range of topics and approaches, from coming up with ideas and accessing the imagination to writing and editing. I have a range of workshops that I tailor to different age groups and abilities. 
 
I've spoken at a range of primary schools (big and small) as well as run a number of creative writing workshops for a variety of groups and organisations, including the Writers' Summer School (Swanwick), Gatehouse Press, Norwich Writers' Circle and Diss Library. I've also worked with teenagers at City College Norwich and the Uppingham Summer School. 
 
Primary School Talks - Star Fighters
 
Fire up enthusiasm for reading and writing with an interactive and intergalactic Star Fighters assembly or talk. Do your KS2 students (years 4, 5 and 6) have what it takes to become an Intergalactic Force cadet? This dynamic and exciting talk takes pupils through the hazards of space and introduces them to the crew and the world of the books. It's a great opportunity to get reluctant and struggling readers motivated to tackle the books, as well as a chance to excite advanced readers about the possibilities for their own writing. 
 
Workshops
 
I can work with classes or small groups of students on a range of writing related skills, inspiring them in their own work by introducing fun exercises and relating my experience as a writer to their work and practice. I can also design and develop workshops with you to meet any particular need, whether it's focusing on developing characters or improving confidence. For older students and adults, I've developed several great workshops analysing narrative structures and growing insight into the three act storytelling structure. 
 
About me
 
I live in Norwich, Norfolk, with my wife and over 4000 books. I was born in Devon, but spent much of my childhood in Hong Kong and Horsham (West Sussex) before studying History at UEA, Norwich. After graduating, I worked in advertising as an account manager before making the unusual transition to becoming a copywriter. After going freelance, I have devoted more and more of my time to my own writing as well as sharing my passion for the written word. I have also volunteered for the SCBWI British Isles as Assistant Regional Advisor. 
 
Fees
 
Contact me to find out more. I am happy to travel, although I will require reasonable travel expenses to be covered and, if I am travelling far, I may need overnight accommodation to be arranged. If there are other schools in the area who would like me to visit, then travel and other expenses can be shared if this helps.
 
What have other people said about my talks and workshops?
 
I get lots of positive reactions and feedback from my talks and workshops - which makes all the hard work that goes into them worth it. Here are some of the most recent comments people have sent me:
 
From Primary Schools:
 
"Benjamin Scott's workshop engaged the children from beginning to end and threw them into life as a Star Fighter. It grabbed the attention of children from all reading abilities.
Thank you for taking the time to make this visit to our school and a superb workshop."
Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy
 
"The children and staff were all very impressed and really loved your sessions - many are still talking about them! One boy in Year 4 went home and wrote a story. His mum said he doesn't usually talk about school, but was very keen to tell her all about meeting you. It is so good for the children, particularly the boys, to have such a positive role model as you with regards to reading and writing."
Jayne Gould, School Librarian, Broke Hall Primary School
 
"Our huge thanks to Benjamin: the children were really buzzing about the visit and have written some excellent stories as a result."
George Trafford, Headteacher, Morton Church of England Primary School
 
From an Adult writer:
 
 "I just wanted to personally thank you for your comments and guidance during the Course.  I really felt that I learned a tremendous amount that I will use to improve my writing.  I thought your comments were on target and I so appreciated the amount of attention you gave to my writing.  Thank you for being a wonderful tutor!" 
 
More detail about me and what I do can be found on my website: www.benjaminscott.net
 
Books
As the lead-author on the Star Fighters series, I have written 5 out of 10 books under the name Max Chase. I have also written for university students and graduates.
STAR FIGHTERS 2: Deadly Mission (isbn:978-1408815793)
Think of a science-fiction version of Beast Quest, with the same mix of action and cliffhanger chapter endings, plus amazing space-ships, evil aliens and a cool crew.
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STAR FIGHTERS 4: Crash Landing (isbn:978-1408815816)
Think of a science-fiction version of Beast Quest, with the same mix of action and cliffhanger chapter endings, plus amazing space-ships, evil aliens and a cool crew.
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STAR FIGHTERS 6: Space Wars! (isbn:978-1408815830)
Think of a science-fiction version of Beast Quest, with the same mix of action and cliffhanger chapter endings, plus amazing space-ships, evil aliens and a cool crew.
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Turn your Degree into a Career: A step-by-step guide to achieving your dream career (How to) (isbn:978-1857038675)
Turn Your Degree into a Career is a practical and easy-to-use guide for university graduates and students. It covers everything you should need, from deciding what career you might want to pursue to taking a year out and going to interviews.
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Organisations:
Member of Society of Authors
Member of NAWE
Member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (former British Isles ARA)

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Horror, Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult, Educational books

Keywords:
young writers, space, adventure, writing workshops, creative writing, SCBWI, aliens, fantasy, excitement, Skype, assembly, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Gifted and Talented, primary schools, secondary schools, junior schools, summer courses,