School Workshops

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

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Susannah offers a range of virtual workshops based around her picture books. These are designed to get children excited about reading for pleasure, the power of their imaginations and their own story making potential! 

All workshops include: 

  • A  book reading 

  • An activity designed to spark ideas for the children's own story making

  • A chance for the children to ask any questions

They all come in different versions adapted for the different needs of Key Stages 1 and 2.

 

Susannah she is happy to discuss the needs of your individual class with you in advance of the date.

"The class were absolutely buzzing afterwards!"

 

English Lead, Ringshall Primary, Suffolk

Option a) 

BRINGING YOUR CHARACTERS TO LIFE

A joint writer and illustrator workshop with Susannah and Paddy Donnelly

In Here Be Dragons our knight sets out on a quest- to find a dragon and battle it! Huzzah! But he doesn't seem to have much luck spotting any.... even when he wanders in to the fiery belly of one. Will the hapless knight get burnt to a crisp or will he be rescued by the valiant damsel?! ....  

 

 

Book Here

 

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It is a brilliant feeling when you first think of a character for a story, but if you really want to bring them to life, you need to get to know them a little first! 

What do they sound like?

What do they want?

How do they feel?

What do they look like? 

How do they act?

 

In this workshop writer Susannah and illustrator Paddy will explore all of these questions and show you how they developed the characters in Here Be Dragons! 

   

 

 

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Learn all about:

  • How making characters can be a lot like playing because you get to be someone else in your head!

  • How things don't always come out right the first time

  • How trying out lots of ideas helps you find the idea that you love the best! 

   

 

 

Option b) 

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

 

 

Book Here

 

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!

A workshop designed to fill children with confidence about the power of their imaginations.

 

 

 

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This Book Can Read Your Mind is a truly incredible book. It can do something that has never been achieved before.  It can READ YOUR MIND!

 

Just one little word of warning: it is extremely delicate, and is particularly sensitive to silliness of any kind. 

In this workshop Susannah explains how she first got the first tiny seed of an idea for the main character of The Terribly Friendly Fox, and how she set about growing this idea into a story.

 

Your class will find out how to dream up their very own unique UNEXPECTED CHARACTERS which are guaranteed to get their imaginations fired up! 

 

 

Page From The Terribly Friendly Fox Susa

 

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....  

 

 

Option c) 

CREATE YOUR VERY OWN UNEXPECTED CHARACTERS!

 

 

Book Here

 

Option d)

 

SUSANNAH’S WRITING JOURNEY 

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. She has learnt many things along the way!  Including top tips and creative challenges. 

 

 

 

In this interactive workshop Susannah will be exploring  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 

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Book Here

 

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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’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

To find out more, or to discuss tailor made options for your individual school's needs, you can contact Susannah via the via the 


 

"A thrilling interactive experience.

 Very engaging.

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 and Paddy’s brilliant illustrations" 

Key Stage 1 Teacher, St Vincent De Paul’s Primary School, Belfast 

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"My daughter LOVED the story workshop. She came away buzzing with ideas!"

Parent, lockdown year 2 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 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

 "It was the best!"

Year 5 student, Raynville Primary School, Leeds

"Very inspirational. 

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

 "Both teachers were delighted with the visit."

Head, year 3 visit, Low Ash Primary School, Bradford