I visit primary schools for author visits, drama and creative writing workshops, and longer projects and residencies. Author visits tend to be for a day or a few days and include a whole school assembly, workshops and a book signing. I can also run drama and creative writing workshops that focus on specific curriculum areas.
My current workshops include:
MEET THE AUTHOR. This is suitable for a whole school assembly. I introduce the children to my books and characters, read from my work, and answer questions about being an author, the writing and the publishing process.
MAKE A MONSTER! A hands-on workshop to develop a shared story with a twist. Children will co-create character, setting and plot. After being positioned as monster hunters, they face the dilemma of meeting a monster who is lonely and needs their help.
CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE STORY. In this workshop the children create a giant scrap-map island, populate it with characters and send those characters on death-defying quests and adventures. But what happens when their island is threatened?
THE DOORWAY BETWEEN WORLDS. Using their real-life setting, the children create a doorway to another world or time and encounter a character from that other dimension.
CURRICULUM FOCUSED WORKSHOPS. As part of Leeds Beckett University’s Story Makers Company, I have developed workshops that explore subjects such as Roman history, states of matter, plants, democracy and monarchy, all through shared story making. These workshops can stand alone or take place over several weeks. Please contact me for details.
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“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.”Wendy Kent, Service Development Officer at Knaresborough Library
For further enquiries or to book a visit, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org