author workshopThis week I visited Tameside College for my latest author workshop.

I’m pretty happy with the themes I work with, having used them in the last two schools I’ve been in, with just some minor tweaks needed (plus I can read a rude one-liner in colleges!)

I took two sessions on the day, each lasting ninety minutes (I had sore legs when I got home, I tell you).

The structure of my author workshop

The sessions had a mixture of older and younger students sitting GCSEs. They have to produce a piece of creative writing as part of their coursework, and that’s where I come in. My session included:

  • How to find inspiration for stories
  • Brainstorming stories from a picture prompt
  • Writing first line hooks
  • How to build tension within a story, and
  • Making characters three-dimensional

The students got stuck in and asked lots of questions, and a few even had a little debate with me over aspects of writing, which was excellent to be part of.

Tameside College were great hosts who said the following about my visit:

“Matthew gave a great workshop and has helped the students develop their skills ready for their exams. Visits from authors and industry experts are a key part of learning at the college and you can visibly see the benefits it has.”
Nicola Welland, Assistant Principal for Maths and English


I enjoyed the workshop as it was very different from my earlier ones. It was more like teaching a lesson (which I have no experience of) than a talk, which I’ve done before. It was a nice twist to the norm. My author workshop changes all the time, and with each, I learn a little more and gain a new experience. author workshop

Tameside College has written a piece about my visit on their official website, so make sure you check it out!

Official Tameside College Website


About mattdrzymala

My name is Matthew Drzymala. My main genre is Humour and I am the author of the comedy book series, The Bumpkinton Tales.That's not all I do, however. I also have a dark, psychological drama story called Brainstorm and I am currently working on a book for children.
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