I am offering a selection of school visits for Key Stages 3 and 4. These can be delivered as talks, workshops or a mixture of both, depending on your school’s requirements.
Themes in teen fiction and how to write them: friendship, adventure, finding your place in the world and specific to my book, the motivation of regret.
Writing from different viewpoints: how to get that voice just right. Practical tips on getting your character’s tone authentic. Includes looking at a range of examples.
A ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how a book comes about: where I get my ideas, sharing some of the weird and wonderful first draft scenes, looking at what changed in edits and the choices of covers. Incorporates the importance of resilience.
Encouraging the love of reading (with added by-product of improved writing skills), talking about current books, looking for stories outside of a ‘standard’ novel and tips on how to choose what to read next.
The following topics are more suited to years 7 and 8:
Show don’t tell. Don’t say he was angry, show his eyes popping and a vein twitching! Short writing exercises with plenty of examples of what to do (and what not to do!)
How to write characters – using visual prompts to pick up key physical attributes and how to describe them.
Editing and the rough first draft. A fun ‘spot the difference’ look at the first three drafts of a story, encouraging children to go back and look again at what they’ve written.
These are just a selection of the workshops and talks I offer. I’m open to talking about any writing or reading topic you think would particularly benefit your students. The workshops work best in a classroom situation (a maximum of 30 children) which gives the students plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Timings can be tailored to fit your timetable.
‘Thank you so much for coming into our school; the students and myself really enjoyed the session you hosted for us. It was both interesting and thought provoking. I have had several students asking when you are coming back, and several who weren’t even in your session ask when it’s their turn.’
Z. Wilkinson, Librarian, Ivanhoe College, Ashby
‘Our school had a very successful visit from Kate Mallinder as part of our Book Week celebrations. Kate enthused the children with her talk of being a writer. She shared the joys – and challenges – of being an author and inspired them to create their own stories. I would recommend Kate as her love of books and writing was so refreshing.’
J. Muckle, Co-Deputy, St Edward’s Primary School, Donnington
Half days (2.5 hours) £75
Whole days (10am-3pm) £150
No VAT, payable within 30 days of the event, for schools over 20 miles from Ashby-de-la-Zouch there will be travel expenses.
To discuss your school’s needs or to book an event, please use the enquiry form below.