School Visits, Workshops, Mentoring
I can deliver assembly talks, readings and creative writing workshops. I usually work with Years 4-6 using Dragon Daughter, and Years 8-9 using Eden Summer.
•Dragon Daughter Assembly talk: lucky dip with magical objects to give story clues / Why do we love dragons? Dragon Quiz / My favourite dragon books / Where did these ideas come from?
•KS1 or 2 Magical Creatures Workshops:
Building a story using the ‘Five Finger Story Technique’ including: character, setting and magical animals.
Painting pictures with words, describing magic eggs, colours and fantastic beasts from around the world.
WORKSHOPS IN OTHER SETTINGS
I have worked with groups from pre-school to postgraduate level, as well as working with adults who have no previous writing experience. I can create a tailored workshop for your group. Please contact me to find out my availability and discuss your requirements.
“I have no hesitation in providing a glowing testimonial for Liz Flanagan. Her events are filled with an eloquence and an enthusiasm that is infectious. She has an innate ability to capture the imaginations and create intrigue among young readers developing an excellent rapport and providing a full and inspiring account of her creative processes. Liz is a hugely exciting new talent and is talented in stimulating and motivating young people to read.”
Jake Hope, Reading Development and Children’s Book Consultant
"Liz had the young people utterly engaged by both her reading from her recent YA novel Eden Summer, and subsequent talk about her life as a writer and Q & A session. She had an extremely good manner with the group and there was an easy, natural rapport between her and the young people asking questions about writing, which had threaded through it her own genuine and infectious love of reading. I can thoroughly recommend Liz as a reader for schools.”
Anna Taylor, Arvon
“Having Liz come into our class was a really enjoyable experience for the children. They loved listening to the stories and it was a great opportunity for them to ask an author about the writing and publishing process. Getting tips on developing their own stories was another highlight and they were clearly inspired to get writing! Thank you.”
Lucy Barker, Class Teacher, Hebden Royd School
“Liz was an absolute pleasure to work with, her session-planning and preparation were meticulous and her delivery was thought provoking and inspiring. Liz is sensitive to different writers' needs and abilities and ran a very creative workshop that resulted in some fantastic writing. We would love her to come back and work with us again.”
Janine Bullman, Word of Mouth Writing Group
“I would recommend Liz’s approach, attitude and demeanour to anyone wanting to promote literature with young (and old) people. She was able to take her technical skill and creativity to craft a bespoke story to use as part of the session. This was further aided by Liz’s manner which wove the magic of the story tighter together, creating spell binding sessions.”
Grant Lowe, National Trust
I work as a mentor, supporting other writers of YA and children's fiction through the process of writing. I offer editorial feedback, coaching and offering advice on how to prepare a manuscript for submission to agents.
Please contact me to ask about my rates and availability.
"Liz Flanagan has been my mentor over a 9-month period to support my development as a writer by working with me on my creation of a middle-grade adventure story.
I cannot sing her praises highly enough. Her insights, though framed positively, always hit the mark and every comment has served to improve my story so that by the end of the project I have achieved so much more than I thought possible. Her feedback and edits were always in tune with the world & lives of the characters, giving me the confidence and insights to better my writing. Liz is a champion mentor for any aspiring writer for children and young adults."
Natasha Holmes - writer and Artistic Director of Tell Tale Hearts Children's Touring Theatre Company