Currently available virtually
"I liked it because she had amazing ideas. She was also full of joy."
Year 5 student, Raynville Primary School, Leeds
"We LOVED it!"
Deputy Head, Saltaire Primary, Bradford, year 2 workshop
"Immensely engaging, interactive and entertaining!"
Year 3 teacher, Cowie Primary, Sterling
"A thrilling interactive experience.
Answered all the children's questions with great enthusiasm.
I can't recommend it highly enough."
Year 1 teacher, Commercial Primary School, Dunfermline, Fife
"The kids were totally engaged with Susannah’s fantastic storytelling."
Key Stage 1 Teacher, St Vincent De Paul’s Primary School, Belfast
Susannah offers workshops designed to get children excited about the power of their own imaginations and about the joys of reading and writing for pleasure!
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!
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.
"Susannah’s delivery was so enthusiastic, inspiring and fun. It was great to see how imaginative the children were, coming up with their own story ideas. She really got the children engaged."
Assistant head & Early Phase Leader, year 1 and 2 year group workshop, Saltaire primary, Bradford
"The workshops were amazing and the girls were all so interested. They're all talking about the picture books and characters they're making!"
Year 5 teacher, World Book Day visit to nursery & key stages 1 & 2,
Saint Marys, Hampstead
SUSANNAH’S WRITING JOURNEY
including TOP TIPS & CREATIVE CHALLENGES
Susannah began her writing journey 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.
In this interactive workshop Susannah will read you one of her picture books and we will explore some key things she has learnt along the way, including the following themes:
Where do ideas come from?
What do you do with an idea when you get one?
The art of day dreaming
Creating characters you will love
Writing as play - or how I lost my fear of making mistakes and embraced the joy of messy first drafts
What should you do if you get stuck?
Reading as rocket fuel for writing
When writing This Book Can Read Your Mind, Susannah had to search 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!
TEST OUT THE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATIONS WITH A FULLY FUNCTIONAL MIND READING MACHINE!
In this workshop Susannah will explain how she first got the seed of an idea for the main character of The Terribly Friendly Fox, and how she grew this idea into a story. Your class will find out how to dream up their very own unique UNEXPECTED GUEST characters which are guaranteed to get their imaginations fired up!
DREAM UP YOUR VERY OWN UNEXPECTED GUEST!
In 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....
To find out more, or to discuss tailor made options for your individual school's needs, contact Susannah via the form on the contacts page.
Susannah loves to connect with schools and is registered with Book Penpals which matches authors and illustrators with UK schools to make book recommendations via postcards.
"My daughter LOVED the story workshop. She came away buzzing with ideas!"
Parent, lockdown year 2 zoom visit,
Saltaire Primary, Bradford
" It was really, really,really, really, really great. It was fantastic. It was super dooper! I want to do it all over again!"
Year 2 student, lockdown zoom visit, Saltaire primary, Bradford
"Susannah provided lots of creative inspiration for the children taking part who all thoroughly enjoyed the session!"
Liverpool Festival of Reading
"It was the best!"
Year 5 student, Raynville Primary School, Leeds
It has created a great buzz in this house."
Parent of year 6 student, lockdown zoom visit,
St Patrick's & St. Brigid's. Ballycastle, Northerrn Ireland