I'm Camilla Chester, a Children's Author writing largely for 8-12s.
Very experienced at visiting schools, particularly KS2, I adapted my visits to be virtual and very easy to book during the pandemic. For just £75 you will receive exclusive, live links to 5 videos all designed specifically for KS2 school children. In addition you can book a live, fifteen minute Q&A session using the platform of your choice, or alternatively email children's questions to me and I will record an individual video for your school.
The five videos are as follows:
Meet The Author (approx 25 mins long)
Workshop1: The Idea (approx 20 mins)
Workshop 2: Developing Characters (approx 15 mins)
Workshop 3: Story Structure (approx 15 mins)
Workshop 4: Redrafting and Editing (approx 10 mins)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I'd be very happy to hear from you.
Face to face author visits:
1. School Visits
Schools make up the largest part of my author visits and I am particularly busy around World Book Day. My usual audience are Y5 & Y6 although I often visit Y7 and do full Junior School assemblies. The normal format is a full hour assembly which is very interactive and fun, followed by a targetted workshop to Y5 or Y6. This makes up a full afternoon. I prefer afternoon, local school visits as this fits in with my other comittments. A book order letter goes out before my visit and I can usually return for any late orders.
"I really enjoyed every single minute of your talk (ended up writing two pages about everything you said) but the thing I enjoyed the most was when you talked about your characters. You really inspired me!" Ella Y6
"A superb and inspiring amount of information on the creative writing process plus great pupil interaction. The children were about to see how their own literacy work in school has some relevance to real life writing. The were also inspired to read!" Mr Tavistock, Y6 Teacher at Cunningham Hill Junior School.
2. Library Visits
My usual library visit is to Chatterbooks, a reading group for 7-11s, but I have done other more general talks, particularly in connection with the Summer Reading Challenge. There is no charge, except expenses but I do sell books to cover costs, therefore the bigger the group the better!
"It was a very engaging talk. Camilla had the children eating out of the palm of her hand! It covered lots of aspects of being an author and the writing process. I loved the interactive activities - brilliant way to involve everyone and get them thinking." Ros Cloke, Assistant Customer Service Supervisor, Hertfordshire Libraries.
3. Creative Writing Workshops
For children and adults, these can be tailored to what is needed. I prefer to do shorter sessions but can cover all kinds of topics from character building, to plot and structure. I am primary school teacher trained, (but not qualified), so experienced and comfortable within a school environment.
"I learned so much from Camilla's workshop and haven't stopped writing since!"
4. Media Work
I have presented on local radio, both as part of a local Literary Festival and as a reviewer for adult fiction books. I have run competitions and done charity work as an author, appearing in the local press for promotion on these. I was one of the authors for the Radio Lincolnshire show, Storyteller.
5. Commission Work
Currently I am commisioned by 'Serial Mash' to write short chapter books for 7-11 year-olds which are then used in school as part of their literacy curriculum. I am happy to discuss other individual or organisation commission needs. As part of the St Albans Literary Festival I was asked to be a judge in the Children's Short Story Competition. I was also a judge for the BBC 500 Words competition.
As part of the 'book badge' requirement I can do author workshops at cubs, brownies, guides and scouts. The sessions are very interactive and fun. They are usually funded through subs and/or parent/carer contribution, with everyone receiving a signed book of their choice at the end of the session. The cost therefore varies depending on numbers.
"Camilla was brilliant - I love her books!" Charlotte, aged 9 of Harpenden Tenth Brownies.
My first two published novels have both been shortlisted in literary awards. My debut, Jarred Dreams, which is about a ghoul who steals children's dreams storing them in jars (the dark BFG) was shortlisted in the National Literacy Trust 2015 New Author Award with was judged by Bloomsbury. My second book, EATS, which is about a vegetarian boy chef, was shortlisted in the Winchester Writers Festival 2017 Children's Funny Fiction Award. Reviews for my books can be seen on Amazon and/or Goodreads. My fourth book (unpublished) entitled Darna's Sky, was a finalist in the 2019 Mslexia Children's Novel Competition, reaching the final five.
I write because I love it and because it's a part of who I am. I want to share my enthusiasm with children, inspiring them to love reading and writing as much as I do.