Award winning author of over 40 novels for children and young adults, and innovative experienced creative writing teacher offering lively interactive sessions.
Works with all genres, all age groups, and all abilities.
Publications: include picture books, series, primary level novels and short stories including reading scheme texts, contemporary teen fiction and ‘crossover’ fiction.
Workshops: Can focus on writing and literacy, or broaden to cross-curricular subjects such as history/geography/art/music etc. Work in schools with pupils or teachers/librarians etc. Differentiated sessions, small groups or whole establishment.
Creative writing consultant – literacy in schools, colleges. Pitch for pupils or teachers/librarians. 1:1 creative writing for aspiring authors.
University Lecturer – specialist areas ‘creativity’, creative writing and fiction for children.
Work with Words – lively, interactive sessions that inspire ideas, develop confidence and open up creativity which can then be channelled into fine-tuning skills and techniques. Draw from role play, visualisation and VAK techniques. The aim is to get participants writing, discussing and feeding back ideas.
Bespoke sessions can be developed for special ability groups such as gifted and talented, and ‘reluctant’ writers.
‘Wordtamer’ workshops – inspiring, creative sessions connecting ICT with story-telling and writing. Sessions can be led ‘from the front’ using interactive whiteboard or within ICT suites or libraries.
‘Funfair of Ideas’ – work with visuals, props and activities including ‘ghost train’ and ‘mirror maze’ to open up creative thinking and writing.
*2013 onwards: - ‘Books and Beyond’ – KS2/KS3 – schools receive pack of free books in advance, designed for class reading and discussion prior to the author visit, and the focus/workshops are then set around key aspects of characterisation, plot and style drawn from these texts and then reworked into pupils own ideas.
Teacher Training/INSET – lively, interactive and creative sessions that develop confidence/writing skills, discussion and feedback connected to creative writing and literacy needs within education.
Type of Artist:
DetailsPreferred age range:
Any – I offer bespoke sessions that are adapted to suit the age group and needs identified at the time of booking.
No of sessions per day:
Areas prepared to travel to:
All areas of Hampshire for full and half day sessions, with the potential of extending out to neighbouring counties depending on location.
I can travel further if additional travel and accommodation expenses are met.
Car = 40p per mile.
Train/plane as appropriate.
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Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
I hold indemnity insurance through NAWE, and also have an up to date CRB certificate.
(The following are examples – most still in print and those that aren’t should be easily available via ‘used and new’ – please contact me direct if you have any difficulty obtaining titles, or want to ask further questions about content and suitability).
Nanuark (board book)
I Wish I Had a Monster (available as ‘big book’, ‘little book’ ,interactive CD ROM, shared reading pack, activity book, story-time pack with stickers, set of 6, teachers guide.) Fox Beware (big book/shared reading pack/set of 6/teachers guide)
Mouse Look Out
The Storm Seal
Singing Princess (pupil version)
Singing Princess (teacher version)
Digging for Dinosaurs
Star Striker (6 pack)
Deep Water (6 pack)
Robby in the River (Reading Scheme)
A Mammoth Mistake (pupil version)
A Mammoth Mistake (teacher version)
Horse Healer Series:
Twisting the Truth
Game Girls (suitable 14 plus)
... Judy used a range of ways to get the children interested in writing and to stimulate their ideas! In the past, my students have written whole novels following her workshops and others have embarked on writing creatively with far more dedication and determination - entering competitions, gaining a following on fan fiction websites.... we also have a keen Writers’ Workshop group, set up by popular demand after one session working with Judy!"
Polly Williams: English Teacher and Book Week Co-ordinator, Brookfield School, Sarisbury
It was wonderful to see children who obviously struggle with writing grow in confidence through the sheer enjoyment of working with Judy and her innovative activities - they're still buzzing! And ‘wordtamer ‘is a great resource. Easy and fun for children to use and the activities engage and inspire all ages and abilities – our children loved it!
Andy Clarke: Deputy Head, Locks Heath Junior School
“... one lad, in particular, stands out. He has often struggled with putting sentences together. After Judy's input, he proudly read out the beginnings of what could be a super story. A real tribute to Judy and the way she was able to enthuse all abilities!
The children remained enthusiastic and really wanted to continue to write independently. A great series of workshop sessions which have been received extremely well!
Sue Clarkson: Head of Year Four/Teacher and Creative Writing Circle Co-ordinator
Judy Waite Amazon site