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school author workshop

My final school author workshop of the year!


Doing a school author workshop is always nerve-wracking and none more so than the one I did this week at The Blue Coat in Liverpool.


Around 120 students, that’s why!

It was the largest group I have spoken to in one go, but I have to praise the students. They were all magnificent. Okay, they were also very quiet, which is something I haven’t been used to at previous schools. However, it’s no bad thing as they were extremely well-behaved and they did join in. I suppose a large hall is very different from a small classroom.

I enjoyed every moment of it and when a student answered something I asked they said exactly what I was hoping they would.

There’s a reason they’re at the top of the school tree in Liverpool!

Review from the school

And the school have also been kind enough to send me a review from the students:

An interesting insight into how a writer hooks and maintains the reader’s attention.


The way the extract was read out was an excellent way of showing how a writer creates tension.


Matthew’s visit was enjoyable and he offered insightful advice on the art of narrative writing. This was particularly helpful as the students are preparing for GCSE examinations. He was enthusiastic as a reader as well as a writer and he encouraged the students. An added bonus was Matthew’s offer to run a writing competition and to judge it, which offered the students further incentive to write.


I would like to thank all at The Blue Coat for making me feel so welcome, especially Mrs Ludlow, whom without, I may not have been able to put on my school author workshop, and of course, to all the students. Good luck in your mock exams!