Talks and Workshops

I love talking to budding writers and have delivered events at schools and festivals all over the UK and Ireland, and as far afield as Kuala Lumpur and Baton Rouge in Louisiana. While my books are primarily aimed at ages 7+  I can offer a variety of sessions which inspire reading, writing, and creativity for a wide range of ages and skill levels. I spent sixteen years as a senior lecturer at Teesside University and have over twenty five years experience delivering talks and workshops to groups of all ages, from pupils in primary and secondary schools to adults in writing workshops.

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Virtual events

For the foreseeable future, I am only delivering virtual events through Skype or Zoom using a range of tools to create fun-filled and inspiring talks +Q&A which can be streamed to many classrooms at once.

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These can take a number of forms. A day of talks and workshops to groups of different sizes, or  presentation events including Q&A.

My most popular event is a one hour presentation where I talk about how I went from developing video-games to writing books. I discuss the process of writing novels, how the ideas are generated and developed and share a range of fun writing exercises that teachers can take into the classroom. This is followed by a Q&A and I’m happy to post personalised, signed bookplates for pupils who have books which they would like signing.

1hr virtual presentation including Q&A – £150

Workshops
These can range from fun creative exercises such as creating a school monster hunters manual or bizarre recipe book, simple creative writing exercises, to planning out a story from idea generation to synopsis, plot structure, tone and points of view. Sessions can be tailored to the ability of any group.

Feel free to get in touch via my contact form for a chat about what I can offer your school or event. I’d love to hear from you!

In person fees
1hr talk plus Q&A and signing: £175*
Half day: £300*
Full day: £500* Contact to discuss.

*not inclusive of travel and accommodation. Accommodation is not required for school visits/events in the North East/North Yorkshire, or within the Liverpool/Wirral area.

Fees charged are in line with the rates listed by The Society of Authors. Please view the link for guides on making the most of an author visit.