Type of Artist:
Talks for Years 6-13
Creative writing workshops for Years 6-9
For KS 2 and 3 I talk about the importance of reading for pleasure and my life as an author. For sixth form, I focus on what it takes to get into a creative career. I also give a confidence-building talk for PSHCE called Winning Like A Girl.
I give a variety of workshops, from ‘How to kick-start your story’ to creative ways to do research. A brochure giving more details on my visits is available from the Schools page on my website, or from Authors Aloud UK.
I also have various talks on art, creativity and feminism to offer for Key Stage 2 upwards.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Years 6 -9, for general talks and writing workshops
Years 10-13 for talks on writing as a career
Maximum number in any one session:
No maximum for talks, as long as PowerPoint and a large screen are available
Single class for a writing workshop or activity session
No of sessions per day:
Max 4 events in a day, including a max of 3 talks.
Plus additional informal chatting/signing sessions.
40-70 minutes for talks, depending on time available
Workshops tend to require a double lesson.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere in the UK.
I can drive, but prefer the train. Public transport within London.
If driving, I charge 40p per mile.
Please email us for details, stating the author you are enquiring about, or use the box on the right.
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Sophia Bennett website
The Bigger Picture: Women who changed the Art World (March 2019)
Threads series (Threads, Beads, Stars)
You Don’t Know Me
“Weald of Kent Grammar School were fortunate to welcome the lovely author Sophia Bennett to our school to speak to our KS4 and KS5 students, and to hold a creative writing workshop. Sophia was very reliable and professional both in the run up to the event, and on the day itself, and we were delighted to have her.
Sophia’s interactive talk “Winning like a Girl” to the Year 10s and Year 11s was lively, engaging and thought-provoking. She used stories from her own varied career, as well as from the lives of pioneering female artists and other role models, to speak to the students about perseverance, resilience, confidence and finding their own voices. Sophia’s presentation was a call to action, encouraging the students to walk their own paths, find their own vision of success and to “take up space”. Her experiences were honest, relatable and inspiring. Sophia welcomed questions from the students, and enjoyed being challenged by them.”
Tracy Carter, Library Assistant
“Thank you so much for a fabulous day yesterday. When I asked the children you worked with for a few words to describe it to put in the newsletter they were unanimous ; "awesome," "inspiring" and "she was so cool"! (Bishops Stortford)
“I would also like to say a huge thank you. All of the group were thoroughly engaged and have had genuine smiles on their faces when I have spoken to them about the experience today. I am sure they will be keen to send you some of their ideas that emerge from the 'Writers' Club' and so expect to hear from us soon.” (Rickmansworth)
“So far this morning we have both Jokebed and Liam come in and say they are continuing writing their stories at home, and have been really inspired by you to become writers one day!” (Bexleyheath)
Sophia Bennett Amazon site
I have various further materials I can offer to people who book me, such as a quiz, book order form and other posters for the library. Once a date is agreed, I can send these off directly.