Author visits are a great way to inspire and excite children about reading and writing, as well as boosting their confidence within these areas.
Having a real-life author in the classroom can help bring literature alive for pupils, encouraging them to see writing as fun, and promoting literacy in a positive way.
Claire’s first author visit was to Kilross Primary School in Tobermore, where she answered pupils’ questions, performed book readings, and did some writing exercises with the P5, P6 and P7 classes.
An author visit may comprise a combination of the following (schools/organisations can agree the format of the day as preferred before the visit):
- Pupils ask Claire questions they’ve prepared ahead of the visit
- Author readings
- How to self-publish a book – explanation of the SP process/Claire’s personal story/what this means for the children (they can publish their own work)
- Creative writing/literacy exercises – these can be agreed with the school ahead of the visit. Claire is also a published short story writer and poet, so can also look at these areas within the session.
Kilross Primary School visit
“Claire visited Kilross in February 2017, when she met with our P5-P7 pupils. She spent the afternoon with the children, who had prepared lots of questions for her in the run-up to the visit, answering these along with many on-the-spot queries the pupils had.
“The children were excited to have a local author come to the school and were very engaged throughout the afternoon session, which also involved a light writing exercise. Claire chatted with the pupils about character creation and story structure, using the classroom whiteboard to jot down everyone’s ideas, before asking the pupils to create their own character. After 15-minutes doing this, most of the children had not only come up with characters, but also mini stories!
“The afternoon finished up with Claire reading two extracts from her book, Magical Masquerade, before taking some final questions from the pupils.
“All in all it was a very successful visit. Claire engaged well with the pupils, and they with her. They also wrote about their experience afterwards, and had great fun researching information about Claire online as part of this. They were very excited when the book was published in April and often speak of the visit.
“Most of the children already enjoy reading, so having a real live author in the classroom was very exciting for them, and encouraging for those who maybe don’t read as much. It’s given confidence to the pupils with their own writing, and was very inspiring for them. It was definitely well worth doing and we hope to have Claire back at the school in the future.” – Principal, Mrs Anne Crossett
Kilross PS pupil feedback:
Rebecca – I really enjoyed your visit and I hope you come again.
Bethany – When you asked us to make a book I thought I wouldn’t win but when you said my name I was surprised. I wish you could come back and visit us.
John – I thought it was very interesting.
Bailey – It was very interesting and I can’t wait to read the book.
Emma – Your book sounds very adventurous and I will go and buy it. I think I will like it by the sound of it.
Rosie – Mrs Crossett is reading your book. She has only read a few pages and I’m already loving it. Hope you will come and visit again soon.
Markuss – I enjoyed reading the blurb on the back of the book and I can’t wait to buy it.
Andrew – I thought Claire was very smart and I can’t wait to read her book.
Darcey – I loved hearing about the different types of creatures and I can’t wait to buy the book myself and read it.
Katie – I liked her writing experience.
Alena – I loved the way you described everything.
Naomi – I loved the visit.
Kyle – I enjoyed the extract you read to us.
Charlie – I enjoyed the writing activity you did with us.
Zack – I enjoyed the extract.
Ruby – I enjoyed the way you described everything.
If you would like to book Claire for an author visit to your school, or enquire about fees for a visit, please contact her directly by filling in your details below.
Alternatively, you can also email Claire at: firstname.lastname@example.org