School Workshops

Creative Writing, Music, Story Boarding, Illustration and More...

What can we do for you?
Karen and Gill offer creative writing, illustration, design and music workshop packages to schools. Here are some suggestions:

Primary school teacher, musician and composer, Karen specializes in creative activities that make writing fun, exciting and rewarding.

Karen Langtree

Karen's visits:

 

 

Story telling: Interactive session with puppets, songs and actions.

Musical Stories: Enhancing traditional story-telling with musical sound effects. Involves group work, writing, editing, music-making and speaking aloud.
A Whole New World: Giant junk-modelling to create a fantasy setting, from which to develop a story, as King Krispie-Cake sends children on an adventure to find out who stole his cakes! Involves poetry, letter-writing, story telling and creative writing. A whole-day workshop with one class-sized group.

From Ballad to Rap: Exploring how music is used to make stories memorable, we look at some traditional story poems (eg. The Highwayman) and come up with our own musical version. With an eye on contemporary issues relevant to the children, we develop our own rap as a means of expressing our feelings.
Knights of the Wobbly Table: Sir Trumpsalot, the time travelling knight from the book, will visit with Karen bringing medieval mischief to help the children explore the book through drama, song and creative writing.
Making a Musical: A whole day with one class-sized group creating script, scenes and songs for a unique musical created by the children.
Through the Portal: Go on a time travelling adventure through creative writing, with a bit of singing too.

 

 

Dare to Diary? : Delve into the diary format through Karen’s book, My Wicked Stepmother - The Diary. Creative writing in the first person, using humour and emotion.

Dystopia: Explore this genre through Karen’s Breaking Trilogy. Creative writing,
analysis and discussion.

Gill McLean

                                     Book designer, illustrator and author, Gill specializes in book creation from first scribbles to print.

Gill’s Visits:

Show Some Emotion: What do faces tell us about feelings? How can we draw expressive faces and relate our characters to them?

Beginnings, Middles and Ends: How a book is made, from the very first scribbles to the printing press and beyond.

Picture Detectives: Do illustrators leave a trail for readers to follow? What do pictures add to a story?
Judging a Book by its Cover: What makes a good cover? A look at creating images, the use of fonts, writing a blurb and putting it all together.
What’s the Point of Drawing? : Learning to look - the vital art of observing. How drawing teaches us to notice things we might not otherwise see, and what we can learn from the extra knowledge it brings.
Character Building: Exploring character design - who will tell your stories and how will you make them look and sound convincing?
Storyboard Adventurers: How to create a storyboard and where it could take you.
Comprehension in Pictures and Words: An in-depth look at vocabulary and image, using Jack the Runaway Terrier as an example of the book-writing process.

The Enterprising Publisher: The business of publishing - from origination, pre-press, printing and shipping to sales and marketing. We do it all!

Books with Bells and Whistles: A look at paper engineering and designing books with that extra something - pop-ups, board books, die-cutting, acetate sliders, lights and more...

Also, tailored to your requirements>>

Character Development, Reluctant Writers Days, Able Writers Days, Readings, Question & Answer Sessions, Book Signings and Song Writing

£ 50.00 per hour
£ 350.00 per day
£ 250.00 per half day

For Gill and Karen together:
£ 600.00 per day
£ 450.00 per half day

plus travel expenses at a rate of 25p per mile

Our rates are based on the Society of Authors recommendations (www.societyofauthors.org)

Prices

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‘The visit provided children with both motivation and ideas for writing. Thanks for a brilliant day.
Year 6 teacher, Pattishall School, Northants

 

‘Wonderfully fun way of teaching rhyme and rhythm. Full participation - all children (and adults) engaged and involved in activities – super pace – multi sensory approach – perfect!’
Year 4 teacher, North Frodingham Primary, East Yorks

 

‘Children loved hearing about your inspiration for stories and were fully engaged during the practical session. Some great ideas have been generated this morning.’
Year 1 teacher, The Minster School, York