School For Writers

This week, CWC member Maureen Williams  tells us about a recent training workshop in Bristol which she highly recommends.

“I attended a course run by the National Literacy Trust for children’s writers on 22nd and 23rd November at Victoria Park School in Bristol. The aim of the course was to prepare us, as authors, for running author’s workshops in schools and also to help us with marketing strategies.

The course leader was Wyl Menmuir, whose book The Many was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016. He is also a literacy consultant and runs many workshops for children and adults.

It was an intensive experience over two days which culminated in each participant running a workshop in a Year 5 or Year 6 class. I found it very rewarding and was delighted at how the children showed such an interest in the extract from my forthcoming book, Ant’s Amazing Adventure. We were also given written feedback from the teacher and each individual child who took part.

I would thoroughly recommend the course to any author of children’s literature (stories or poems). The National Literacy Trust run the courses periodically in different parts of the country. “

[NB Ant’s Amazing Adventure is not yet published. The illustration shows Maureen’s previous book Can I tell you about Dyspraxia?]

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