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School visits

Jennifer can offer a range of workshops for KS3, 4 and 5

Writing workshops have become something of a speciality, ranging from sessions tailored to support your curriculum and writing for different purposes, including narrative and descriptive, to the purely creative opportunities. Using carefully-selected excerpts from Happiness Seeker and Igloo, Jennifer's method tends to be to take a theme suggested by her books, such as meeting a mysterious stranger, and giving the students tools to layer up a brainstorm and plan before beginning to write. Story structure is always at the heart of the workshop, as well as character building, of course, genre, setting and voice.

 

Jennifer also offers interactive author visits to support reading for pleasure, including for more reluctant readers.

Fees

Jennifer is happy to do up to three workshops a day plus free meet and greets at break/lunchtime.

For more details and fees, please email jennifer.burkinshaw@gmail.com and general@caboodlebook.co.uk

 

We invited Jennifer to do a day of creative writing workshops at Skipton Girls' High School and it was an outstanding experience. We had three workshops throughout the day (Y7&8, Y9&10, Y11&12) and Jennifer tailored them perfectly to suit the different age groups. The focus of all the workshops was on writing from the heart within a structured format, and Jennifer modelled the different story beats using examples from her own books (Igloo for the youngest group, Happiness Seeker for the older two). The students created their own stories in stages, using brainstorming and writing, as the workshop progressed, and they all went away with the building blocks to develop their stories further in their own time (which they have been excited to do!). I would wholeheartedly recommend Jennifer's workshops - they were fun and informative, and with her previous experience as an English teacher, Jennifer pitched the different sessions just right.

Katharine Walkden

Librarian

Skipton Girls' High School

Jennifer’s workshop, using Happiness Seeker as a springboard, was a real inspiration to our Y9 students and really helped to fuel their imagination for creative writing.  This has helped tremendously in our preparation for AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 - not just for section B creative writing but also section A, reading fiction.  To hear from a real writer rather than just reading an extract, has helped bring it off the page and make it real.   We’re busy planning Jennifer’s next visit!!   

Head of English, Calderdale school

 

 

You are wonderful! Such a focused, inspiring morning. The students were really vocal during the day and a quiet girl called Scarlett came to say , 'Thanks' , 'I had such a lovely morning , Miss'.

Calderdale School.

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