Type of Artist:
Talks that encourage students to get reading and writing and tells them the story of my path to publication. I encourage lots of student participation plus Q&A. I also incorporate readings from my novels.
Creative writing workshops with classes. Topics include; how to build suspense in your stories, crime writing, writing short stories.
Paula is a writer in residence for the National Literacy Charity 'First Story' http://www.firststory.org.uk/
DetailsPreferred age range:
My talks and workshops work best with Year 7s through to Year 13.
No of sessions per day:
Maximum of 4 sessions in a day
I tailor my talks and workshops to fit in with the length of a school lesson. However, I have given sessions up to an hour and a half in length when the teachers have timetabled for this.
Need to allow time for book signing
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere, if travel and overnight expenses (if necessary) are met. I’m based in Nottingham.
I travel by train - standard class and taxi.
Please email us for details
Current DBS check
Paula Rawsthorne website
Paula Rawsthorne's Facebook page
'Shell' (Scholastic 2018)
'These Seven' published by Five Leaves 2015
The Truth About Celia Frost (Usborne 2011)
Blood Tracks (Usborne 2013)
“Paula inspired the students she worked with, enabling them to consider ways they could improve their own writing and enthusing them to read not only her novel but other crime fiction. We - and our students - appreciated her session so much that we have asked her back for another two days at the school!”
A. Kelly, English teacher, Rushcliffe School Nottingham
"We had a fantastic visit from Paula. Our Principal is keen for her to visit again. Feedback from students has been very positive. They were really inspired and motivated by Paula's workshops."
D. Sullivan, librarian at Northampton Academy
“Paula Rawsthorne is a highly-skilled and engaging author and I have had the pleasure of working with her at two of the student conference events I organise as part of Scarborough Literature Festival's outreach programme. Paula so impressed us at the 2011 conference that we invited her back again in 2012.”
Dorcas Taylor, Director of Beverley Literature Festival.
Paula first visited our school in 2011 and we had no hesitation in inviting her back the following year. The impact of Paula’s visits to our school has been felt both in the library and in the classroom. The pupils have told me that the advice Paula gave them during the writing workshop has helped them immensely when writing creatively.
M. Webster, School Librarian, The Becket, Nottingham
Paula Rawsthorne Amazon page