The following are specific sessions that I offer – other kinds of sessions are available by negotiation.
MEET THE WRITER/POET
A general session (40-45 minutes approx) which includes a short talk about being a writer, one or more readings from my books and a question & answer session.
This is suitable for all ages from Prep/Grade 1 (picture book and Nibbles) to Grade 6.
INTRODUCTION TO POETRY
A fun session about reading and writing poems. I talk about how I write poems, read lots of examples to illustrate how an idea becomes a poem, look at a range of types of poems, talk about rhyme and how it works, and also read some classics. Children are encouraged to write one or two poems of their own during this session, if time allows. A general short session on this topic would be 40 mins – to allow time for writing, we need an hour.
POETRY WORKSHOP 1
A one-hour session that focuses on writing poems, beginning with a class poem and moving on to simple poems that children can write with no stress! I provide examples and guidance. Class size limit is best at around 20.
POETRY WORKSHOP 2
A one-hour session for children who have been writing poems for a while and need to be stretched, engaged and excited by possibilities! I provide examples and guidance, energy and inspiration. Class size limit is best at 10-12. This is the kind of session that you might find suitable for the stronger, keener writers in your class.
WHO MADE THIS BOOK?
A session (30-40 minutes) on how a book is made. I look at how I write a book, what happens to it in the editing process, how illustrations are created, book design and the final book. I use examples and samples (e.g. galley proofs) from my own publishing processes with Penguin Nibbles and Bites.
STORIES FROM LIFE
This session focuses on stories in our own lives and those around us. Children often write about things they see on TV or in the media. I talk about how to find stories in your own life, using examples from my own books, and how to turn real life into fiction. What do you need to think about in creating this kind of story? How do you make a beginning, middle and ending? This is designed to be a writing workshop – one hour. (Max 20 students).
CREATE A CHARACTER, MAKE A STORY
This is a writing workshop, aimed at showing children how to create interesting characters and, from there, write one or more stories. We will look at what a character needs, what makes a story and a character interesting, plot ideas and basics, and begin a story. This is designed to be a writing workshop – one hour. (Max 20 students).
A general 40-45 minute session - $120 (minimum of two - $240)
A writing workshop - $150 (minimum of two - $300)
My preference is for two sessions or workshops in a venue (half day). If your venue is more than 30 mins travel from my home, there will be an additional travel component.
These fees are negotiable, as are sessions.
Please email me with all enquiries.