As an experienced teacher, Matt is adept at running inspiring creative writing sessions that engage students.
Creative writing sessions with Matt Beighton can be tailored to work with children from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 and from smaller groups to full classes. Intervention groups can be a good use of pupil premium funding and can be a great way to re-engage reluctant or struggling writers.
Session lengths will vary depending on the age of the children, with one hour being the preferred length for full class sessions. Please note that sessions shorter than this are unlikely to be as effective for full classes but can be used effectively for smaller groups of 10 or fewer children.
A normal day will consist of four sessions and a break for lunch though he is happy to discuss alternative timetable arrangements. Each session will require a projector or screen, computer (a laptop can be provided if requested in advance) and pencils and paper for the children.
Matt’s sessions are always designed to engage children and break down the barriers between “I can’t get started” and a page full of ideas. How this is achieved varies depending on your requirements and children. It’s always best to have a conversation with Matt and tailor something to meet your needs. Sessions will always include Matt talking about his career as a writer and the exciting writing opportunities out there that children may never have considered – pointing out that computing magazines actually pay people to play games and write about them is a sure-fire way to engage reluctant boys!
As an exciting new idea, Matt’s choose-your-own-adventure game book, The Magic Knight, can form the basis of sessions centred around story-telling and author decisions and the impact they have on the overall story. These can provide great inspiration for more advanced writers.
"I don't know where to start." The words that haunt every teacher and create blockers for children. Matt's creative writing sessions give children the tips and tools to help remove that barrier and re-engage them with the writing process.
As an experienced teacher of nearly a decade, his sessions are engaging and well-structured with clear outcomes that can 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 use of pupil premium funding, one of Matt's smaller group sessions would be the perfect way to re-engage disaffected or disadvantaged learners and increase confidence and self-belief.
Matt Beighton's 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 his story structure sessions that look at how authors direct the narrative in their stories. These writing sessions are particularly good for more gifted writers as they provide a new and collaborative writing experience.
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, Matt offers CPD sessions for teachers (discounts are available if booked at the same time as a children's session) based around creative writing and giving children the tools to get over their writer's block.
For bookings and costing information, please contact my bookings manager Yvonne Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
"When Matt came into my school to talk to year 4 and 5, the children had a great time. He read parts of his books to the children and throughout him reading, the children were engaged at all times. The children came up with some great questions to ask Matt.
Matt did some extra work with the Year 5s by supporting them to create their own stories. The children engaged with Matt and came up with some great ideas based on his books. Matt was wonderful with the children and supported them well. He was very entertaining and the children were very excited about writing and couldn’t wait to write more!
I would not hesitate to have Matt back to discuss his new books with the children." - Natalie (Stokes Wood Primary School)
"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.