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Author Talks and Workshops

I am available for school, library, bookshop and community group visits. Events I offer include readings, workshops, assemblies and question and answer sessions. I also consider commissions. Over the past decade I have worked with thousands of participants in workshops, community theatre projects and drama clubs. Clients and partners have included Leeds City Council, Crimestoppers, Leeds Minster, Fountain’s Abbey, the Arts Council of England, Leeds Beckett University, Greenbelt Festival, LCI as well as many schools, libraries and community groups. Details of my current author workshops are below, with prices listed at the bottom of the page. For booking enquiries, please contact me.

Fantasy Plots & Fantastic Plays

Author talk and Q&A with interactive elements and readings

Suitable for Key Stage 2 upwards. The session can be adapted for different ages.

Meet author and playwright, Daniel Ingram-Brown, and Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop from The Firebird Chronicles series. Hear about their exploits at Blotting’s Academy, the place where story characters are trained, and listen to Daniel read from his latest book, The Nemesis Charm. Ask questions about the plays and books he has written, try on costumes and pass around props. Hold the head of the King, try on Mr. Bumbler’s hat, discover more about writing, and compete for the prize for the best question!

This session is an hour long and can be shortened for an assembly style talk. It can accommodate up to three classes. Two sessions can fit into either a morning or afternoon period, with a maximum of four author talks in a day.

“It was excellent. The children were all engaged and inspired. The props were great and made the session really active! It’s so good for the boys to see a male author.” (Year 5&6 teachers, Pinkwell Primary School, London)

Make A Monster!

A hands-on workshop to create your own fantasy monster and equip your hero with the skills and qualities needed to overcome it.

Suitable for Key Stage 2 and 3, particularly ages 8-13

From snake-haired Medusa to dark wizard, Lord Voldermort, the monster is one of the oldest and most powerful images in storytelling. In this workshop, Daniel uses ideas from his book, The Nemesis Charm, to guide the participants to create their own monstrous nemesis. Working together, the class will decide what it looks like, where it lives, what powers it has and what its ultimate flaw is. Through the process we will ask questions such as, What makes a monster? and Why are monsters so powerful in our imaginations? Then, working alone, each child will invent their own hero, deciding what skills and characteristics they need to overcome their nemesis.  

Daniel will give readings from his book, The Nemesis Charm, as part of the workshop.

This workshop is an hour long and designed to take place in a classroom with clear floor space. The session is for a single class. It can be combined with Daniel’s author talk to make a longer session. Two sessions can fit into either a morning or afternoon period, with a maximum of four workshops / talks in a day.

Create your own adventure story

A hands-on workshop in developing character, world and plot to create your own adventure story.

Suitable for Key Stage 2 and 3, particularly ages 8-13

In this workshop, Daniel uses ideas from his book, Rise of the Shadow Stealers, to guide the participants in creating their own scrap-map story island, populating it with characters and challenging those characters with death-defying quests and adventures.

The workshop is punctuated with short readings from, Rise of the Shadow Stealers.

Daniel uses objects, scrap materials and pictures to fire the imagination and equip participants with simple tools. Children are motivated to develop their stories after the workshop, putting them down on paper.

The workshop is one and a half hours long and can be combined with the author talk to make a longer session. It can be used either in a classroom or a hall, but needs at least half an hour set up time and fifteen minutes to pack away after the workshop. This session is for a single class.

“The room was buzzing all afternoon and Daniel really has the knack of firing children’s imaginations, especially boys. He helped the children to create their own individual stories whilst working in a collaborative way to build a wonderful island in the middle of the library. It was fantastic to see the children growing in confidence during the afternoon and being able to share their thoughts and ideas with their peers in a supportive atmosphere. Thank you Daniel!” (Wendy Kent, Service Development Officer at Knaresborough Library)

Why do we tell stories?

An interactive teaching session looking at the social and psychological role of stories and storytelling in society.

Suitable for Key Stage 4, 5 and adult groups

People from every culture and age group enjoy telling and hearing stories. It’s one of the things that makes us uniquely human, but we rarely ask why. Why is it we have the capacity to imagine a series of events that is not part of our direct, current experience. In this session, Daniel Ingram-Brown will lead participants through a number of answers to this fascinating question, from examining the social role of stories in shaping our sense of what’s expected and possible, to the popular idea that there are a set number of basic plots. Participants will have the opportunity to think through their own story and the way they represent themselves to others. Group discussion and practical work in pairs will form part of the session.

Daniel has run this session for young people, writers, therapists and theologians and it can be applied in a range of different contexts. The timings of the session can vary, ranging from anything from an hour to a full day. In the full day session, there are opportunities to apply the learning with practical creative writing sessions.

“Daniel has taught on our Workshop programme on a number of occasions around the theme of ‘Stories and why they are important’.  He is a skilled and creative communicator, he not only brought the subject alive for everybody but really got people thinking about how central storytelling is across the globe, their power and their influence on culture” (Noel Moules, Author and Workshop Course Director)

Creative Writing Workshops

Daniel has run a variety of creative writing workshops, courses, and collaborative scriptwriting processes for different age groups. If you’re interested in booking a workshop, or would like to talk about the possibility of a longer writing project, please contact him directly. Past clients have included Leeds Minster, Common Chorus Theatre Company, Spacious Places recovery centre, St Aiden’s High School, Harrogate and the Leeds Big Bookend Festival. Creative writing workshops can be tailored to the specific needs and desired outcomes of your group.

“A vital part of my recovery which supported my journey and boosted my self esteem…priceless!” (Spacious Places client)

City Fairytales

A hands-on workshop to explore the place where you live through the creation of a fictional map, complete with characters and short stories.

Suitable for Key Stage 4, 5 and adult groups

In fairytales, the forest is a place of transformation. It’s a place people venture into, away from the established order, to confront the problems that face them. Solutions and new beginnings emerge from the forest. Taking ideas from Daniel’s collaborative book, Stories from the Forests of Leeds, this workshop asks participants to imagine their home town or city as a forest. What sort of characters might live there? What stories might emerge? Starting with a map of the town, Daniel leads the participants to through a process of discovering the fictional world that lives just a hairs breadth from their own home.

“Interesting and thought-provoking, the series of story-telling workshops I attended, led by Daniel, had that elusive quality of actually inspiring me to write! Highly recommended.” (Helen Sykes, Stories from the Forests of Leeds, Course Participant)

Prices

Full Day (up to four one hour sessions)  £295

Half Day (two one hour sessions)  £225

Single workshop (one hour session)  £160

There is a £75 additional charge for the ‘Create your own adventure story’ workshop to cover materials and preparation time.

For further enquiries or to book a visit, please contact me.

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NB If you’re working to a budget, please let me know, there may be ways of cutting down the cost.

Suitcase and Spectacles Children’s Theatre has connected workshops and performances. See their website here. (Discounts are available for those who book author workshops and Suitcase and Spectacles performances)