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Creative Writing Workshops for schools

Creative Writing workshops – £125.oo per 90 min session

Talks/Readings – £100.00 per 1hr session

Deborah is a published short story writer, children’s novelist and Creative Writing tutor for children and adults. She is also a prize-winning Doric writer, playwright and the author of two short story collections for adults. All Creative Writing workshops can be delivered in the North-east’s Doric dialect.

Workshops can be tailored to suit the Curriculum for Excellence and teachers’ individual topic requirements.

‘The children thoroughly enjoyed Deborah’s World War II writing workshop, combining hands-on artefacts, collaborative working and learning about using their senses to make their writing more interesting.’

Kate Lamb, Headteacher, Keithhall Primary, Inverurie

Recent successful workshops have focused on topics such as:

•  Pirates

•  The World War II Evacuees *

•  Culloden

Sessions looking at the craft of story writing:

•  Characterisation *

•  Plot *

•  Dialogue

•  Viewpoint

•  ‘Show – don’t tell’

•  Effective description/using five senses and emotions

•  Writing story ‘hooks’

Emotional Literacy Workshop

I work with adult mental health/substance misuse groups and now offer a session for schools using Creative Writing as a therapeutic tool and as a means of self-expression – promoting emotional intelligence and well-being.

1 x 90 min. workshop.

‘My pupils were readily engaged and responded enthusiastically to Deborah’s Emotional Literacy workshop. Inspirational input resulted in quality writing as a collaborative follow-up.  A valuable and memorable experience from a talented ‘real’ author.’  Valerie McNiven, Pitmedden Primary.

CPD training for teachers also available on any aspect of Creative Writing.

Creative Writing for Mental Health/Substance Misuse/Criminal Justice groups

Sessions are available using Creative Writing as a therapeutic tool and as a means of self-expression.