SCHOOLSHow can I help you?
I would LOVE to come into your school and work with your children to help improve, encourage and support their creative writing. As a visiting author, my role is to encourage young people to explore their creative potential, and to inspire creative writing and storytelling in the classroom. Using the ingredients of story, the aim is to have fun, promote literacy and build self-esteem.
My workshops help children access their imagination, express themselves and promote creative thinking. A typical workshop would involve reading an extract from one of my books, talking about my own writing process, gathering story ideas, and then engaging the children in some writing of their own.
Examples of workshops - which can be adapted to suit key stages 2-5 - include
- What’s your story? – A whirlwind tour of the basic elements of story
- Creating great characters – Making your characters three dimensional and believable
- From plan to prose – Basic story structure, and how to create a gripping plot
- Open Sesame! – How to write a magical opening!
- Where in the world? – Finding a setting for your story and making it work
- He said, she said – How to write authentic sounding dialogue
- Writing to feel better – Some therapeutic writing techniques for personal development
I would love to talk to you about your children's needs, and create bespoke projects to develop their writing.
I have experience in primary, secondary and adult education, as well as working in special education with emotionally disturbed children.
Bring Me Sunshine KS2 (PSHE) and KS3 (Literacy) resources packs are available for free.
I also offer feedback on writing, online writing courses, local writing workshops and tailor my programmes to fit your needs.
"From the start, Wendy was full of enthusiasm and ideas for the sessions, which were aimed at different age ranges. She understood the nature of working with young people with such issues and complexities and her ideas also built in contingency plans should young people not engage.
Though a few young people were initially cautious and a little resistant at the thought of ‘creative writing’, Wendy’s previous experience in teaching, coupled with her warm and engaging approach made the workshops fun, interesting and definitely memorable. The sessions delivered had without doubt ‘sparked’ some young people who are known to be the more ‘hard to reach’. The feedback was all positive and most of the young people who took part left with thoughts and ideas of their own, as to what they would like to do next.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Wendy for delivering writing workshops with young people. She is as professional as she is creative and engaging. Jacqui Wallace | New Beginnings Project Manager, Brathay Trust Ambleside
"Wendy's combination of warmth, encouragement and inspiration is exactly the right mix. Her weekly writing club helped the students to develop their literary voices in a hugely positive way. It was a pleasure to see some of our quietest students gradually finding the confidence to express themselves through writing under her influence."
The Queen Katherine Academy, Kendal
“Wendy offered a very clear outline of the objectives and breakdown of activities supported by an exemplary handout.”
“Wendy used skilful questioning to check learning and understanding, inviting comments and engaging all learners in an inclusive discussion.”
“Wendy had an excellent rapport with the learners, displaying a high level of professionalism.”
“Both Wendy and learners gave motivational feedback.”
Brewery Arts, Kendal
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