Learning doesn't have to stop when you leave school, most people go on to further education. With the success of my author workshops, I was invited to Southport College for the morning, giving me the chance to speak to older students.
It was completely different to what I experienced in secondary school but no less fun. I had great feedback and received suggestions about what else the students would have liked me to have taught them. So, with that in mind, I have set up a dedicated college author workshop.
The students in Southport were all considering what to do next in their careers, be it teachers or whether to study for degrees in English Literature. I feel my workshop is ideal for students considering these options.
What do I offer in my college author workshop?
My workshop is flexible, fitting to the needs of the college. I offer two types of workshop:
- Creative Writing: I'll show students how to create story ideas
- 1st Line Hooks: I'll talk about grabbing a reader's attention from the start!
- Characters: Stories are great, but they're nothing without three-dimensional characters
- Story Starters: By the end of the workshop the students will have their own ideas for what stories they would like to write!
Some students prefer a talk and not creative writing exercises, so:
- Introduction: I'll talk about how I started as an author
- Workshop Talk: I'll guide students through what I do in schools, giving them tips on what captures the children's imaginations
- Reading: I'll do a reading from my book and show them what I do that makes children laugh
- Q&A: A Q&A!
I can do a mix of the two too, but that will depend on how long I have on the day.
How much do I charge?
I have two price guides, which are as follows:
- One lesson/Half Day: £100 + travel expenses (depending on location, to be discussed.)
- Full Day: £170
- £70 - The workshop and the opportunity for students to buy one of my books on the day.
I am happy to contact the local press about my visit if the college is satisfied with this. This has worked with my other workshops and gains brilliant exposure.
If you would be interested in a workshop, get in touch, it would be great to meet you!