School Visits - Currently available virtually

Do you have children in your class who don’t feel that ‘books’ are for them?

Children who are under-confident in their own creative abilities?

Children who panic and go blank if they are asked to think of a story?

Children who are inhibited in their creative work by the fear of not getting it ‘right’?

Then Susannah’s workshops are for you!

 

Susannah is passionate about getting ALL children excited about the power of their own imaginations and about reading and writing for pleasure! 

She offers a range of interactive virtual workshop and assembly packages for schools, based around her picture books and own experiences of writing. 

They are suitable for Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and can be adapted for all ability levels which she is happy to discuss with you in advance of the date.

​She has trained with The Literacy Trust on their ‘School For Writers’ course on how to deliver school workshops that link in with the needs of the curriculum.  

Each workshop is between 45 minutes and 1 hour long, depending on age,  and comes with a reading of one of Susannah’s books, a fun activity in which the children get to exercise their own imaginations, and a question and answer session. 

WORKSHOP OPTION a) 

DREAM UP YOUR VERY OWN  UNEXPECTED GUEST!

In Susannah's first picture book, The Terribly Friendly Fox, the party goers of the Annual Woodland Creatures Ball are alarmed when an unexpected guest arrives.  After all, they have heard rumours about foxes, and their appetites! However, this is no ordinary fox. It turns out he is an entirely reformed character! He has changed his name to Gerald, he is now a vegetarian, and he is ever so friendly. In fact, you could say, he is terribly friendly....  

 

 

In this workshop Susannah will explain where she first got the seeds of an idea for the main character of The Terribly Friendly Fox, and your class will find out how to dream up their very own unique UNEXPECTED GUEST characters which they can then use to build their own unique picture book stories around! 

In this workshop we will be exploring questions like: 

Where do ideas come from?

& 

How do you know when you've had one?


 

WORKSHOP OPTION b) 

 

TEST OUT THE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATIONS WITH A FULLY FUNCTIONAL, REAL LIFE, MIND READING MACHINE!


In Susannah's second picture book, This Book Can Read Your Mind, a scientist introduces you to something truly incredible! Something that has never before been achieved. A book that can actually READ YOUR MIND! However, one word of warning - the mind reading equipment is extremely delicate and is particularly sensitive to silliness of any kind. But that is quite alright, because we have heard that your class are actually very sensible indeed AND not at all silly!  
 

When writing her second book, This Book Can Read Your Mind, Susannah had tosearch the very depths of her imagination to dream up the silliest thing she could think of, and then see if she could make it EVEN sillier! But what could be sillier than a pink elephant, riding a unicyle, playing the tuba and wearing silly pants? Lets find out!  

 

In this workshop your class will search deep inside their minds and exercise their imagination muscles to capture their silliest thoughts.

 

But be warned! We will be testing these thoughts out on a real life, fully functional MIND READING MACHINE!  This includes a silliometer which will carefully monitor the levels of silliness and check for any DANGEROUSLY SILLY thoughts! Steady on there! 

In this workshop we will be exploring questions like: 

What do you do with an idea when you've got one?

&

How do you grow an idea?  The art of daydreaming.

WORKSHOP OPTION c) (Also available as an ASSEMBLY) 


SUSANNAH’S WRITING JOURNEY AND TOP TIPS
 

Susannah has always loved reading books and she began writing her very own ones when she was just five years old, at her kitchen table, with lots of felt tip pens and some help from her mum to staple the pages together. Her first one was about a crafty fox and she still loves writing about foxes even now. When she was 11 she tried her hand at writing her first chapter book, an Agatha Christie style murder mystery and she began to dream about becoming an author.


…BUT…


When she was about 12 she made a BIG mistake!  She stopped writing stories for fun.

 

Completely!  

 

She thought that only special sorts of people got to become writers, and she also thought that if a story didn’t come out right the first time that meant you must be no good at writing. She also found spelling really difficult (and still does) and she thought that maybe if you couldn’t spell easily, that meant you couldn’t write.   


She was very wrong about ALL of these things. In this interactive workshop Susannah explains what Top Tips she has learnt through her own writing journey, including: 


Where do ideas come from?


What do you do with an idea when you get one?


The art of day dreaming


Writing is like play - the joy of messy first drafts


Reading as rocket fuel for writing 

To find out more, or to discuss tailor made options for your individual school's needs, email Susannah on susannah_lloyd@outlook.com

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