First, thanks for taking the time to have a better look at me! As a teacher myself, I know your time is precious so I'll keep this short and succinct.
We've all taught children who don't know where to start, my creative writing sessions give them the tips and tools to help remove that barrier and re-engage them with the writing process. This satisfaction of seeing children fall in love with reading and writing is what drives me, and all of us, as teachers and librarians.
As an experienced teacher of nearly a decade, my sessions are engaging and well-structured with clear outcomes that can, if required, be tailored to your specific needs. Creative writing sessions provide a great opportunity for reluctant or struggling writers to realise that they can create amazing ideas independently. Feedback from these visits is always positive with teachers reporting that their children have taken their story ideas home and written them as full pieces of work. As a use of pupil premium funding, one of my smaller group sessions would be the perfect way to re-engage disaffected or disadvantaged learners and increase confidence and self-belief.
My choose-your-own-adventure book, The Magic Knight, serves as a great basis for discussing this exciting genre and is very popular with reluctant readers, particularly boys. It also forms the foundation for my story structure sessions that look at how authors direct the narrative in their stories.
Tig You're It is a brilliantly funny (I have confirmation of this from lots of children, it's not just my biased opinion!) book of poetry that will resonate with both teachers and children alike. Poetry sessions with myself can take many forms and be tied in with any topic area. For more information, it's best to get in touch as these sessions can be very varied - taking on the form of drama, performance or written poetry, or even a mix of the three - and are best tailored to your specific needs.
If you book a visit early enough, any of these sessions can be fully adapted to tie in with your curriculum, from Aztecs to the space race. There's no need to fight the crowds for a visit around World Book Day to ignite a life-long love of reading and writing!
Alongside all of this, I offer CPD sessions for teachers (discounts are available if booked at the same time as a children's session) based around creative writing and how to give children the tools to get over their writer's block.
Creative writing, poetry and choose-your-own-adventure sessions are priced:
£300 for full-day bookings including a 20-minute whole-school assembly.
£175 for half-day bookings (£25 extra for a 20-minute whole-school assembly).
I offer a competitive cash-back scheme on any books sold as part of the visit. By promoting the event to your children and parents, this can be a great way to not only get amazing books into the hands of your children but to also fund a significant part of the visit cost. Contact me for more information on this scheme.
CPD costs are available on request.
Travel costs within Leicestershire are free but can be discussed for the rest of the country.
"This was a really fun read and I can imagine it being a story that is loved and read over and over - it certainly has some brilliant quirky characters!" - Donna's Book Blog
"I wish more books like this had been around when I was a child, it would have made reading even better and more imaginative. A character like Trixie would have been a great read as a child and was also a very cute and loving character to read as an adult." - Belle and the Novel
"From a parents point of view I liked that the book showed that we can all be different but all feel the same when we are left out, made fun of or are bullied." - Orchard Book Club's Mini Reviewers
"[My daughter] read it through in one evening and there was complete joy and laughter that could be heard through the ceiling to my office below. She loved the story." - Girl Who Sciences
"What a brilliant, funny children’s story this turned out to be! ... I have no hesitation in highly recommending it as a fun read for children and the young at heart, too, and teachers should definitely check it out!" - Splashes Into Books
"I read this book to my six year old son and he was enamoured with it right from the very first page. I sometimes struggle to get him to engage with a story, especially a longer book like this, but he was absolutely gripped and begged me to read more every night!" - Amazon Review
In total, I currently have six books published; however, the fourth book in the Monstacademy series is due for publication in late 2019. All of the Monstacademy books are available in both standard and dyslexia adapted format. The silly humour is very popular with children aged 6-10 and they have been used in classrooms both in the UK and abroad. The Magic Knight is a great introduction to "choose your own adventure" gamebooks and sits perfectly alongside the two narrative titles in this series. My sessions based around this book are very engaging and lead to excellent discussion about how a story can change based on the decisions an author makes throughout the writing process. The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree starts the Shadowland Chronicles and is an epic fantasy series aimed at fans of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and other classic fantasy. Tig You're It is a hilarious book of poems that will resonate with both teachers and children alike.