Author talks and workshops
I am available for author talks and creative writing workshops to groups of adults during the day or evenings. I am passionate about sharing the message of how modern technologies throw open possibilities for us all to communicate our ideas and I love the opportunity of empowering others to do so.
Whilst I specialise in publishing for children, the material that I cover in my talks is just as applicable to adult fiction, non-fiction, writing your memoirs or whatever else you may be interested in opening up to a wider audience.
If you would like to book me for a talk or workshop then email email@example.com
Selection of Talks available
I have a wide range of talks available and can cater for the particular needs of your group. A flavour of these is outlined below.
Becoming an author – Sharing my writing journey from my daughter’s story-teller to the publication of over 50 books. Hard work really is this much fun!
Harbledown Hope: a journey through homelessness – I share my work as a volunteer at Catching Lives homeless charity where I have project co-ordinated the publication of their Harbledown book series. In it the clients have found a voice through words and pictures to express their many painful emotions on a journey of hope. This book is truly inspirational.
Writing your book – Taking examples from the work of others, I will demonstrate how I have turned their ideas into a published book to be proud of.
The art of self-publishing – Everyone has a book inside them, but how can you release it? We will follow through the creative process and examine some of the pitfalls to avoid. Below is an example presentation that I gave to the Goudhurst and District University of the Third Age, in November 2015, which was extremely well received.
As an author I run creative writing workshops for groups of adults. I take people through the writing process from the initial brainstorming of ideas, to choosing themes, selecting characters, viewpoint and place, story-boarding and then drafting and editing stories. I also co-ordinate illustration work to combine words and images. My work with these groups then naturally leads to the self-publication of their work using the Adobe Professional Creative Cloud and Amazon’s CreateSpace to bring their published book to life.
Examples from Creative Workshops
Working with Catching Lives
I have worked with disadvantaged clients at Catching Lives homeless charity developing their own Harbledown book series.
In October 2015 I presented at Catching Lives’ Literary Festival as part of the European Union LitFest funding. The presentation I gave was an amazing opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of the homeless community that I work with, showcasing their writing, poetry and artistic skills. It was an amazing privilege to work with these incredible people and give them encouragement and a platform to share their work. The vision for this project has been to “create, enable and inspire” and this has been fully evident in the work undertaken each week and in the highly entertaining and interactive workshop.
Workshop for Literary Festival
Presenting to NHS Practitioners
I also gave a presentation to NHS practitioners at Social Enterprise Kent’s event on the importance of the creative arts to the well-being of Catching Lives’ homeless clients. The audience were visibly moved by the talent of the clients and how it was positively impacting their recovery journey.
Workshops in France
Further work with the Catching Lives project has taken me to France where, in June 2016, I appeared at their literary festival running workshops to English and French participants. Sharing creative ideas simultaneously in English and French was a particular highlight.
Harbledown Hope Presentation
The culmination of all the hard work in these creative writing workshops at has been the publication of the wonderful Harbledown Hope book that beautifully captures the experiences and talents of the clients at Catching Lives.
I am available for creative writing workshops within schools, colleges, universities, adult education and other settings. To book my services contact firstname.lastname@example.org