Creative Writing With Young People

Creative Writing With Young People

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I offer full and half day school visits, including an assembly and creative writing workshops.
The sessions can be flexible and I am happy to talk with you about any particular outcomes you have for the day.
I am an author of young adult books, with strong female and male leads, and plotlines involving demons in Victorian London, time travelling dinosaurs and a supernatural pirate tale. I also write adult horror novels, including four vampire/crime mashups in the Joe Coffin series of books, with more to come.
When I am not writing horror or YA, I write pocket novel romances for the My Weekly range.
Because I like to keep busy and meet people, especially young writers, I also run two creative writing after school clubs (one for years 5 and 6, one for years 7, 8 and 9) every week, and two monthly adult workshops, plus I lead a Spark Young Writers’ group once a month on Saturdays in Kidderminster for school years 7-12.
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If that wasn’t enough, and because I hate doing nothing, I’m also a member of the Association of Speakers Clubs, and meet twice a month to hone my public speaking skills. I am also on the committee, and responsible for website upkeep and communications.
I have spoken at after dinner events, universities and colleges, and at the National Writers Conference in Birmingham for the launch of the Read On EU anthology of which I am proud to be a part.
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I love visiting schools and running workshops, and I believe it is more important than ever that we equip our young people to write and read well, extensively, imaginatively and with clarity, and able to be inclusive of all cultures and groups whilst celebrating our differences.
I am DBS checked and have Public Liability Insurance.
I am also comfortable speaking at colleges, universities and events, and I can offer one to one advice for authors in the early stages of their careers including story assessment and independent publishing advice.
  • I have enjoyed creative writing this year a lot and wish I could do it for longer because you put a lot of effort into organising our club and always listen if we ask to do specific writing. We play games as well and at the end of the night if we have time we will read out our writing which I love doing. At the end of the year we publish a book which has your own stories in. I love writing club and hope that others give it a go.

    Hannah
  • Both Milo and Matilda have thoroughly enjoyed creative writing this term. Matilda has said that she feels it has helped her with her SATs this year, and helped improve her vocabulary and spelling. Milo loves anything that allows his imagination to run riot!

    Gemma
  • Hannah has loved writing club from night one and has probably never been as enthusiastic about any other club. She has continued to write stories in her spare time and I can only imagine it would have helped her work in school. The main thing is she has had fun!

    James

MEET YOUR CREATIVE WRITING TUTOR

KEN PRESTON

Ken Preston specialises in teaching creative writing to small groups. Including writing exercises, feedback, group discussions and advice on publishing, Ken can tailor the creative writing classes from group to group.
Ken has written many novels and short stories. He has written romance for the My Weekly Pocket Novel range, and Young Adult novels about pirates and dinosaurs, but is probably best known for the Joe Coffin series of books, a horror/crime mashup set in Birmingham.
He is also a lead writer, teaching teenagers creative writing with Spark Young Writers, West Midlands Writing. Ken regularly speaks at universities and charity events, and hosts an open mic evening at the Birmingham and Midland Institute.
  • "Exciting beginning to end. Would love to read more adventures with the main characters."

    About: Twenty Seconds To Free Fall Amazon Review
  • "Wonderful stuff! Like 'Tales of the Unexpected' meets 'Psychoville' meets 'The Twilight Zone' meets 'The Walking Dead'. A great collection of unusual and terrible tales."

    About: Population:DEAD! Dan - Amazon Review
  • "Joe Coffin Season One drew me in from the very first page, and didn't let up until the end."

    Horrormeister Amazon Review
  • "This book is awesome!"

    About: The Devil and Edward Teach Amazon Review
  • "Indiana Jones plays Sherlock Holmes, while chasing Jack the Ripper through Oliver Twist's London, with just a bit of horror thrown in for good measure."

    About: Caxton Tempest at the End of the World P Driver - Amazon review
  • ". . . delivers gore, scares, pathos, and even some laughs in a bloody bundle that is much greater than the sum of its parts."

    About: Joe Coffin David Dubrow - Gingernuts of Horror
  • "The Devil and Edward Teach is pure escapism, and a great read."

    Fox Amazon Review
  • ". . . an enjoyable romp through a UK-noir tinged supernatural horror tale, featuring some stock characters given fresh breath and life by some genuinely skilful and assured writing."

    About: Joe Coffin Kit Power - Confessions of a Reviewer
  • I have enjoyed creative writing this year a lot and wish I could do it for longer because you put a lot of effort into organising our club and always listen if we ask to do specific writing. We play games as well and at the end of the night if we have time we will read out our writing which I love doing. At the end of the year we publish a book which has your own stories in. I love writing club and hope that others give it a go.

    Hannah
  • Both Milo and Matilda have thoroughly enjoyed creative writing this term. Matilda has said that she feels it has helped her with her SATs this year, and helped improve her vocabulary and spelling. Milo loves anything that allows his imagination to run riot!

    Gemma
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