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5 Ways to help children come up with a story idea

Many children have no problems coming up with a story idea. Others can think of ideas, but struggle to write them down. Then there are those who not only find coming up with ideas an arduous task, they are reluctant to write at all. I’ve met all these types of children at my creative writing ... READ the POST

What can an author teach children about creative writing?

I’d like to discuss why I think it’s useful for children to learn about creative writing from an author, but first, I’m going to start by telling you about my favourite part of the creative writing process. Initially, it’s exciting when an idea comes to me. When this happens, it’s like an ... READ the POST

Book review – The Lost Magician

The Lost Magician, by Piers Torday, feels like a cross between Narnia and The Hunger Games. What do I mean by this? Well, it's set after the Second World War, when four siblings are sent away to the country from London, because their house is uninhabitable. The children soon discover a magical ... READ the POST

The Lost Magician, by Piers Torday, feels like a cross between Narnia and the Hunger Games. Here’s why.

How can I help my child prepare for writing?

Helping your child to prepare for writing is about more than just making sure they can write before they start school. A common mistake many parents make, especially first time ones, is to compare their child to other children. I'm as guilty of this as any one, as I didn't know what to expect ... READ the POST

The coffee shop culture

It’s a miserable, damp Sunday morning. Too early to be out and about, but when your teen has a job and needs transport, there’s not much you can do about that. The rain is pelting the car. The automatic lights have come on, even though it’s almost 9 a.m. It should have been bright enough by ... READ the POST

Creative Writing Workshops for Kids – Summer 2019

Creative Writing Summer Workshops at Storymakers This summer, I will be running one week of workshops for 7-10 year-olds and in addition, a week of English Revision for Year 5’s. Please go to the Storymakers website to book. The summer holiday creative writing bootcamp is back. Book ... READ the POST

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"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:40+00:00
"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!

"Nicola listened to and understood our wish to evolve our message along with our brand. Her copy was always succinct,...
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:13:38+00:00
"Nicola listened to and understood our wish to evolve our message along with our brand. Her copy was always succinct, accurate and grammatically correct and we were able to upload it to the new site without significant revision."

"Nicola is responsive and intuitive while delivering projects in a timely manner."
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:13:54+00:00
"Nicola is responsive and intuitive while delivering projects in a timely manner."

"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:06+00:00
"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."

"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their...
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:19+00:00
"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their writing style."
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