If you're not brave enough to talk to a stranger how do you think they will become anything more then a stranger?” ― Eden Griffith
I'll be honest - my first school visit as an author was TERRIFYING. Standing on a stage in front of 200 girls, I was convinced I was going to dry up, fall over, be sick or burst into tears... Happily, I've come a long way since then, and now love occasions such as school visits and festivals - in fact, I want to do more of them! I firmly believe that reading for pleasure can change lives, and that creative expression is crucial to our emotional and mental well-being in our results-driven world. So my talks and workshops celebrate the joy of reading and creating, and the stress is all on fun and inclusivity. Everyone has a story to tell, and there is no right or wrong way to do it!
(School visits and festivals are also a great way of getting direct feedback on my writing, such as this from an enthusiastic young reader: "I thought I was going to have a really boring time reading your book, but I loved it!" Most honest review ever…)
I like to talk about writing and the themes linking my books - knowing who you are, standing up for what you believe in. This can be adapted to age groups from Year 6 to 9 and beyond.
I am also available to talk about Jane Austen, her world and the experience of bringing it to life again through writing LYDIA.
Students are divided into groups and guided through communal and individual writing exercises. By the end of the session, they can expect to have the beginnings of a story to work on in their own time, while the session itself will encourage them to work together, to negotiate with each other and to build confidence through sharing their creative ideas with others.
The format of all events can be adapted to the time available and to the ages of the participants. I am also available for panel events, judging and talking at other events.
"We liked Natasha. We liked how she spoke to us. She was friendly, but also professional when she commented on our work."
"Best double ever!"
Year 7 students from THE LATYMER SCHOOL, LONDON
"Natasha's visit was very well prepared. She related well to the students. Students enjoyed a Meet the Author and book signing session in the library. They enjoyed talking to her, and asking her questions about her books. I was delighted that the boys were also interested in the books, having heard Natasha talk in assembly. We felt that the visit achieved exactly what we wanted as a celebration of stories and books, plus allowing students to develop confidence in their own writing in the workshops. I'd highly recommend Natasha for an author visit."
Librarian, THE LATYMER SCHOOL, LONDON
“The girls thoroughly enjoyed Natasha’s visit to our school. They found her presentations engaging and funny; with many commenting on how surprised they were to find that her books were influenced by real life experiences. The writing workshops that she conducted with our students were a fantastic success. All girls who were lucky enough to work with Natasha in some way have come away smiling, inspired and confident.”
Librarian, ST GEORGE'S ASCOT
“Natasha was one of the best authors we have had the pleasure of meeting. She really engaged with the girls and had them enthralled, sharing her experiences of family life and explaining how these influenced her writing. Her workshop encouraged them to expand their creative writing skills and they found it exciting to share their ideas especially, as one pupil said, ‘with a real author.’ “
Librarian, OXFORD HIGH JUNIOR SCHOOL
“Natasha Farrant’s presentations and workshops were both entertaining and inspiring and ignited a genuine passion for reading and writing amongst the pupils lucky enough to take part in the event. Students were emotionally engaged throughout the opening talk and then bubbled over with enthusiasm when given the opportunity to express their own creativity during the workshop; they were still buzzing about it days later!”
Librarian, ST MARTYLEBONE CE SCHOOL
Please contact me at email@example.com, via Authors Aloud or via my publishers (Faber and Chicken House) for further details. Copies of my books should be available for sale at the events. Fees negotiable, but in line with Society of Authors guidelines.