SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

I am available to visit schools and institutions with my special creative writing workshop which is based on stimulating and developing young readers´ and writers´ imaginations. I have worked with schools like Box Hill School in the UK and institutions such as the Teenage Cancer Trust. In the next few months I will give workshops at Shakespeare´s Schoolroom in Stratford Upon Avon and at Orvalle School in Madrid, Spain.

The workshop can last for one or two periods or sessions (up to 3 hours) and I provide all my own materials and some goodies for the children. It is suitable for most ages and years (mainly 11-18yrs but also younger). I tailor my material to suit.

Please write to me at james@jameshartleybooks.com for more information, to arrange times or to request a few chapters of my book, The Invisible Hand, to have a look at alone or in class. I also have special teaching packs (PDFs) to support the book, which is recommended for Key Stage 3 and 4 readers in the UK and all middle grade readers in the US.

At the moment I am only available for visits to schools in Europe. For schools in other countries I offer a Skype Q & A session and competitions. Please ask for details.

Katharine Bryson, Head of English, Box Hill School, Surrey, England, says:

In my opinion,  as a classroom text the book would be most suited to Key Stage 3 children (11 to 13).  Whilst there are lots of twists and turns that require the ability to follow a complex plot, the language is accessible and there is an old-school charm and innocence to it.  The boarding school setting would appeal to those who already enjoy Harry Potter stories. I also think that it could be used as an extension text for Key Stage 4 students to read in their own time and support their understanding of the play.

I really enjoyed how you have captured the sense of place and enjoyed spotting references.   You have created an original narrative whilst embedding elements of the play’s narrative throughout.  I worried that the two would clash or that, knowing the play as well as I do having taught it so many times, there would be little room for inventiveness with your plot but I am pleased to report that wasn’t the case.  There was still room for mystery and ambiguity e.g. Leana as Lady Macbeth’s daughter.  I also think that both Sam and Leana are strong characters who would appeal to both boys and girls.