I specialise in fun, enjoyable, interactive workshops for children and adults. As well as being an author I also work as a commissioning editor, so I have a unique experience of both sides of the publishing coin.
My workshops for children can be adapted for age, group size, and type of event. I've spoken in many different venues, from large school groups, classrooms, libraries, bookshops and children's hospitals. (So far)
We have a lot of fun as I help the children to create their own story ideas, with a class that appeals to all the pupils - from the devout book addicts to the most reluctant readers.
The highpoint of the event is when I show the class the manuscript I wrote when I was 10 - with bad drawings and even worse spelling. This manuscript eventually became by debut novel, Boys For Beginners. The children find this very inspiring.
Using my experience as an author and an editor I provide enjoyable, interactive talks and workshops for adults who want to write for children.
I can direct the workshop to your group's needs, in terms of group size and level of writing experience. I have prepared talks on Editing, Writing for Working Partners (a book packager), and a very popular workshop on writing commercial fiction: Fiction that Sells and Sells Well. But if you have an idea of a workshop of a different subject you would like me to run, please feel free to ask.
I have spoken at many events including the SCBWI Annual Conference, Winchester Writers' Conference, Faber, London Metropolitan University. I also run an online Writing For Children course via The Word Cloud writers' community.
I would like to hear about any and all writing commissions. Having written fiction, non-fiction, and worked as an editor for both adults and children I am qualified to write on most subjects, in most genres.
I live in London, and willing to travel anywhere in the world.
Based on the recommendation from the Society of Authors