ABOUT SCHOOL VISITS
I usually create a communal story with whole key stages, year groups or classes. Children contribute ideas then vote on the plot line as it develops. This story-making is very interactive and I drop in 'top tips for writing' amidst lots of laughter and interaction. Returning to their classes, children then create their own stories based on the communal one while I lead workshops talking enthusing about the writing process and answering questions. I always talk the day through before I visit to make sure it's the best day possible for everyone.
A teacher at Galley Hill Primary in Hemel Hempstead where I visited as writer-in-residence for ten years commented... 'Another amazing presentation, Heather. My class wrote their best stories EVER! Thank you! Your visits are so DIFFERENT and my class love you visiting us.'
I taught in UK primary schools for over 30 years and am passionate about helping children write more creatively, especially boys. This interest opened opportunities to lead education workshops to better help boys write followed by education resource books such as Literacy In Action: Football (published by Routledge) which is 24 lesson plans based on the beautiful game for yrs 5&6.
I've been involved in lots of writing projects in primary schools; from a wonderful Creative Partnership writer-in-residence in Tower Hamlets where over a whole term I worked with children from years 1 to 6, most of whom used English as their second language to visiting fascinating schools in Poland, Croatia and America to lead writing workshops.
I've written stories for the BBC, spoken on BBC's Woman's Hour, national conferences for librarians, the National Association of Writers in Education and Child Bereavement UK. An extrovert, I love meeting people.
Check out www.heatherbutler.info for further details.
Based in Amersham, I'll visit anywhere - in the UK or abroad.
I have written over 30 books including Us Minus Mum which was long listed for the Carnegie and won an award from UK Literacy Association.