“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)
Over the past decade I’ve worked with thousands of participants in workshops, community theatre projects and drama clubs. Here are my current author workshops, with prices (and discounts) listed at the bottom of the page. For booking enquiries, please contact me.
Workshops and Talks…
Meet the Author
An assembly style talk and Q&A with 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. Hear about their exploits at Blotting’s Academy, the place where all story characters are trained, and listen to Daniel read from his latest book, Through the Uncrossable Boundary. Ask questions about what it’s like to be an author and about the plays and books he’s written.
This session is half an hour long. It can be targeted for a particular year group or is suitable for the whole school. It’s an exciting start to a full day’s visit and will get the whole school buzzing about books!
“It was excellent. The children were all engaged and inspired. 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 develop a shared story with a twist…
Suitable for Key Stage 2 and 3
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, Through the Uncrossable Boundary, to guide students to create their own monstrous nemesis and create a shared story with a surprising twist. In the workshop he asks What makes a monster a monster? and then explores why some monsters are not as they seem.
Daniel will give readings from his books as part of the workshop.
This workshop is 1-2 hours long and is designed to take place either in a classroom or in the school hall. The session works for a single class but can be tailored for larger groups (up to 90 children).
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
In this workshop students create a giant scrap-map island, populate it with characters and challenge those characters with death-defying quests and adventures.
As part of the workshop, Daniel reads from Rise of the Shadow Stealers and his other books.
Length: 1.5 hours – half a day.
Space: Either a classroom or a hall, but with clear floor space and at least half an hour to set up and fifteen minutes to pack away.
This session is for a single class or a targeted group who would benefit from using external stimuli to encourage writing.
“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)
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)
(See the discount options below for ways to reduce the cost)
Full Day (up to four one hour sessions) £375 +expenses
Half Day (two one hour sessions) £295 +expenses
Single workshop (one hour session) £195 +expenses
There is a £25 additional charge for the ‘Create your own adventure story’ workshop to cover materials and preparation time.
I love to encourage reading and would like as many children as possible to leave my workshops with a signed copy of a book. To encourage this, I offer the following discounts to workshop prices:
If 40 or more books are sold in conjunction with a visit, I offer a 20% discount on workshop prices. (That’s just 20 children buying both books!)
If 90 or more books are sold in conjunction with a visit, I offer a 50% discount on the prices above.
For further enquiries or to book a visit, please contact me.
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)