I live in the Midlands, close to the motorway, railway, and an airport, and am willing to travel for school visits, author talks, and festivals.
What can you expect if I visit your school?
In primary schools, you can expect anything from workshops creating simple ‘three objects’ stories with younger pupils, to more detailed storytelling specifics like plotting, character development, world building or self-editing with older pupils. I have lots of ways to inspire and improve creative writing across KS1 and KS2. I tend to focus on the creative rather than the technical aspects of writing, and that freedom (for one day at least!) often enables even the most usually reluctant of pupils to produce work of unexpected quality. (And stories can always be polished in class afterwards...)
I’m comfortable delivering assembly-style talks and workshops to KS3, with talks based around how I ended up being an author, my writing process, and the stages a book goes through from first idea to publication. As a volunteer librarian at my local primary school, I am also willing to emphasise the importance of reading, and have some knowledge of what’s current in children’s literature.
I will always do my best to tailor the visit to your specific needs.
Here's some of the feedback I've received from school visits;
"A very interactive and interesting workshop which lit the fires of creativity in many." Stamford High (staff)
"I liked everything. When can you come again?" Wolsey House Primary (pupil)
"Katherine is a kind person who engages well with the children and opens their imagination." Wolsey House Primary (staff)
"Katherine's understanding of children and school life is fantastic. The children were enthused and inspired about creative writing, with many developing new ambitions to be budding authors!" Outwoods Edge Primary (staff)
"I really enjoyed it. I learnt a lot and it's definitely helping me improve my work." St Crispin's School (pupil)
"A great session that engaged all the children and gave them a greater 'depth' to their writing." Mountfields Lodge (staff)
"This was a fabulous experience for both the children and the teachers. It promoted creativity, individuality and the imagination of the children." Holywell Primary (staff)
"We were both impressed with the workshop and you have a lovely way with the children...I think they were truly inspired by writing with a real, live author!" Limehurst Academy (staff)
If you are looking for an author for an event for adults, then I can present evening talks to adult groups, (limited mileage only) which often include a short creative exercise to demonstrate that anyone can come up with an idea for a story! My previous training experience and leadership of a small creative writing group also enables me to comfortably run creative writing sessions for adults.
I've been involved in the Loogabarooga Festival (Loughborough's very own children's illustrated literature festival) and am therefore happy to attend festivals to read or hold workshops.
If you think I sound like the author you need, please do get in touch - maybe we'll be telling some tall tales together, soon...