"Fantastic and inspiring."
"Students and staff were riveted."
"TAMSIN HAD ALL THE CHILDREN BUZZING ABOUT WRITING!"
An author visit has the power to ignite a spark in your students. Pupils who have author visits are twice as likely to read above their age level, more likely to enjoy reading and are more confident in their reading and writing*. Meeting a successful author can motivate young people to follow their dreams, and even encourage the most reluctant of readers to pick up a book. Author visits allow students a unique insight into the ideas, work, craft, successes (and failures!) behind the books they love. They are also a lot of fun!
*source: The National Literacy Trust
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TAMSIN'S AUTHOR TALK
My author talks are engaging and entertaining, and will inspire your students to pursue their dreams...and read more books! I talk about the inspiration behind my books, my journey to becoming an author (which began at age 8) as well as the themes my books tackle, such as: bullying & cyberbullying, mental health, body image, and the double-edged power of social media. I share my best writing tips and your students will get to hear some of the hilarious stories I wrote as a young aspiring writer (and the comments I got from my teachers!).
It's a fun, inspiring and interactive session where students will be invited to participate in different ways, whilst also being inclusive for students with SM & social anxiety. I provide little paper clouds for students who would like to take part without speaking. They will leave feeling inspired, empowered, and best of all - keen to get reading. The talk is followed by a Q&A session where students can ask me their burning (or random!) questions and can be followed by a book signing. It is best-suited to students in Years 6, 7, 8 and 9. One talk lasts approximately 1 hour 15 mins with a maximum audience size of about 300 students. (I am flexible and can always tweak timings to suit your school day.)
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
"Tamsin's workshop really helped students to unlock their creative voice."
I deliver engaging and memorable creative writing workshops where students are transported on a powerful journey through an imaginary landscape. Your students will be given a valuable insight into the writing process: story planning and mapping, world-building, narrative hooks, characterisation, storytelling techniques and realism. They will enter the workshop as students, but will leave as writers.
I offer workshops for students of all writing abilities, from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5 (works best with approx. 25 students). I provide all the resources and my workshops are dyslexia-friendly. I'm happy to tailor my workshops to suit your students' specific needs, and as an experienced English teacher & examiner I am very comfortable working within AQA and IGCSE specifications for GCSE students. Every student taking part in the workshop receives a signed bookmark and a pencil.