A Visit to School

A Visit to School

I’ve been at Knighton House in Dorset, talking about books and writing with Years 6,7 and 8. The purpose of an author visit is to inspire pupils and I hope I managed that today – but as is usually the case, I have come away buzzing with the creativity that was demonstrated throughout the day. Pupils were enthusiastic and knowledgable and totally up for talking about the books that they are reading (my best part of any school visit – I would quite happily spend all day chatting about books and sharing my favourites while getting new recommendations!).

The focus of my writing workshops was Writing Between The Lines and we examined how inference can improve writing and get the reader more involved in the story. We played a drama game where pupils had to demonstrate an emotion without speaking and I used two amazing music videos as stimulus – Year 6 watched You’re So Good To Me by Chris Malinchak and Years 7 and 8 watched Lover Of The Light by Mumford and Sons. Pupils really got on board with using facial expression, body language and actions as a way of describing how a character was feeling and the mantra for the day was SHOW don’t TELL!

I am always blown away by the level of emotional literacy and understanding that I see when I talk about books with children and teenagers and today was absolutely no exception. It makes me feel pretty excited about what these kids are going to be writing in five or ten or twenty years.