I most often work with classes or year groups of children in primary schools, sharing books with them, talking about where story ideas come from, how to shape those ideas into stories, and how books are made.
I usually get the children to offer ideas of their own, and together we will work those ideas into a brand new story – their story – which can be worked on in class if time is tight. Often children’s own questions and interests, or requests from teachers, will guide the direction I take with each group. Working that way, I can work with each year group in a primary school in a single day.
I also teach workshops in which I work more intensively with smaller groups of children for longer on their own writing. Or on projects that develop over repeated visits over a matter of weeks.
I also teach Writing For Children for adults.
DetailsPreferred age range:
The full primary school age range.
No of sessions per day:
Whatever suits the school within the school day.
Children of nursery/Reception age probably do best with about twenty minutes, but by year 6 an hour, even up to an hour and a half can work well.
I’m happy to sign books in lunch hours or after school.
Car @ 45p per mile, or train.
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Hold PII (professional indemnity insurance):
Yes, via the National Association for Writers in Education
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The Misadventures of Winnie The Witch
The Frog Prince
I would have no hesitation at all in recommending Pippa wholeheartedly for any author activities with schools or community groups. Pippa's name came highly recommended to me last year when I was seeking authors/illustrators for a project consulting children (of very diverse backgrounds, needs and abilities) about books through a series of fun workshops. This was an unusual and challenging activity, but Pippa proved to be adept in working effectively to develop and deliver a workshop which perfectly matched the needs and interests of the project, the school and - most importantly - the children themselves.
She developed an exceptionally good rapport with the children and staff alike, and the workshop proved to be amongst the most successful and popular of the project. Pippa is a highly personable, professional and motivating writer whom I believe could engage and enthuse any group of children.
*Alexandra Strick - Freelance Project Manager/Consultant email@example.com*
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