One of my favourite parts of being an author is getting to meet my readers. I enjoy going in to schools to run book sessions or workshops all based around game playing or coming down the front to put on costumes or take part in quizzes.
I normally charge for my visits (apply to me for current rates) but if you can lure me there with a massive book selling opportunity I'm open to negotiation!
- go time travelling!
- write a joint story together on my special story board
- find out about the 'monstrous' Victorians with Mel Foster
- join King Arthur's Round Table,
- find out about life two hundred years ago,
- become a pirate!
In action at Twickenham Prep - February 2014
It gave me an idea for how to write a story.
The way she thought about explaining books to children was amazing.
I liked the ideas that she came up with. I liked being the pirate.
I really enjoyed her coming in, and it was interesting how she started her books and the stages that go into a book.
Writing Workshops - a teacher's testimony from Our Lady's Abingdon (September 2017)
Julia Golding's workshop on creating a villain was the best author workshop I've experienced as a teacher. Her insights into the writing process were valuable and the workshop was fun and challenging for even our most assured pupils. We were treated to a fascinating glimpse into the way talented writers go about creating an imaginary world and populating it with living, breathing characters.
The Society of Authors has some good advice for schools here about what to do when inviting an author to your school.
Schools - what to do when you have an author visiting...Dear organiser
Just a little checklist for you when you've taken the plunge and decided to invite me to your school or festival. I don't need much looking after but experience has taught that the best visits cover these points in advance.
- I love being with your children but please realize you are responsible for discipline and for legal reasons I must not be left on my own with them.
- Before you invite me in, please check you have appropriate staff covering my activities.
- Make sure reception knows to expect me.
- Please contact me for specifics about payment so that these can be agreed by both sides in advance.
- I usually travel by train. Where is your nearest station and can I get to you? I'm happy to walk a short distance but consider if you need to fetch me or book a taxi.
- If you book the train tickets that avoids me having to charge you VAT as part of the invoice.
- I travel from Oxford. A later start may avoid the need to add overnight accommodation in to the mix.
- Vast preparation is not required but if the children/young people have had a chance to read (or hear) a section of one of my books in advance that helps everyone.
- Tell me if you have a particular topic/set of books you want covered, otherwise I will come with my own ideas.
- Technical requirements - I sometimes use powerpoint and video. Let me know if you can't provide a room for this and I will adapt what I do accordingly.
- Please send me a schedule in advance bearing in mind I will need the occasional break to catch my breath. Advance warning of age and class size is really important.
- Let me know if there are any special needs I should be aware of in the class before I start talking.
- Bookselling - I value the opportunity to sign copies of my books in person and some children love the chance to buy on the day. Please try and make this part of the day. You can often get a local bookseller to make the ordering arrangements for you.
- Let me know if you need any help setting this up and I can ask my publisher to suggest a local retailer.