A visit from an author can be a real inspiration to youngsters. It is a rare opportunity for children to meet a real, live author and ask all the questions they have often wondered about. An author visit can encourage children to read more and write their own stories and articles with enthusiasm, excitement and skill.

As a writer of fiction and non fiction, I love visiting schools to give talks or run workshops with young people, and if required, these sessions can be geared to suit the individual class/year to support the particular topic pupils are working on.

Fee for a full day in school is pounds 250.00. Other sessions negotiable.

Travel expenses are appreciated if beyond the Warwickshire area.

If you would like an Author Visit to your school, library or organisation, please email me for an informal chat about what you might like to do.




Just for Teachers

ANN EVANS CHILDRENS AUTHOR AND FEATURE WRITER

I am a full time writer. Sharing my time between writing books and feature writing. My most recent books, are Celeste, The Trunk, Become A Writer, The Children's History of Coventry, Rampage, The Reawakening, The Beast which make up a trilogy set in the Highlands of Scotland; and the re-released Cry Danger, published by Greenstream Publishing. Cry Danger was first published in 1994 by Scholastic Children's Books, but had gone out of print. So it's fantastic to see it available once again.



I also worked as a feature writer for the Coventry Telegraph for many years, but said goodbye to that job two years ago to concentrate more on my books. However, I still do lots of feature writing for a variety of national magazines on subjects that vary from animals to antiques and a lot more besides.



I have recently been running some creative writing courses, for adults, which have gone very well and there are more in the pipeline.


Plus, I do school visits.
AUTHOR VISITS AND WORKSHOPS.

Ideally
* I prefer to talk to one class at a time, rather than a large assembly of children, and have a maximum of four sessions per day.
* It is always good if the children have read one of my books or looked at my website beforehand.
* It is useful too, if they have had chance to think about what questions they want to ask me.

TALKS and WORKSHOPS can be focused on the author aspect of my work, or the journalist/freelance feature writing side of my working life.

AS A CHILDREN'S AUTHOR

AN AUTHOR TALK covers the type of books I have written, how they came to be written and how I started writing. The children get to see the different stages of a book i.e. a typed manuscript with editor suggestions, a manuscript at the proof stages, book covers, finished books and books that have been translated into different languages. All this with lots of interaction and discussion. I read a selected passage from one of my books. Followed by Q & A sessions.



WORKSHOP this will have been discussed beforehand as to the topic or theme in line with teacher's requests.

Examples of workshop themes:

* IMPROVING YOUR STORIES ie developing ideas, plotting, characterisation, pace, dialogue, atmosphere etc.

* POLISHING YOUR WORK looking at how rewriting and editing work improves it.

* HOW TO BE AN AUTHOR so you love writing and your stories are fantastic. But how do you get them into print? How do you present them? Where do you send them? What do you do about rejection? Tips and advice on all aspects of working towards being an author.

* BEING A JOURNALIST/FREELANCE WRITER - A TALK AND WORKSHOP COMBINED (For older pupils with more time allocated e.g. a complete morning/afternoon). This session covers how you can get into this kind of work; considering why you want to be a journalist; expectations and disappointments; reality; life in a newsroom; working as a freelance writer; coping with rejection; the fun you can have! This would include examples of some of my features, each has a story behind it!

Workshop: (1): It is your first day on the local newspaper. No you will not be expected to make the tea, you will be expected to write a story or two for the paper! Help! Where do you start! Talk and tips, followed by some interviewing practice, getting the facts, perils and pitfalls, putting it all together.

Workshop (2):So you want to be a Freelance Writer? How do you make a start? Which magazines could you write for? Actually the world is your oyster - Talk and tips. How to approach magazine editors; how to know what they are looking for. Getting published.

My fee for a schools visits is generally pounds 250 for a full day in school plus travel expenses and overnight accommodation if the school is more that 70 miles from the Midlands.

KAT WORKSHOPS
KAT stands for Kids and Authors Together - or Karen and Ann together, as multi-published author Karen King (www.karenking.net) and I have joined forces for our KAT school visits. Between us, we are able to work with every year in school. Our talks and workshops incorporate the skills of writing and provide inspiration to encourage children to write creatively.
Both authors are CRB checked and have vast experience of running workshops in schools.
Our joint fee is only £350 for us both spending a full day in your school. This is a great and affordable opportunity of having two experienced authors spending a full day in your school, working with all years - with an assembly too if you wish.
Free signed book from each author.

Just wanted to thank both you and Karen for a fabulous day yesterday (3rd July 14). The children enjoyed the day immensely and gained so much from it. We will look forward to doing it again! Julie Needham, Chief Librarian, Bablake School, Coventry.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

My books:

Published by Puffin Books
The Trunk ISBN 9 780143 306986 2013

Published by Scholastic Childrens Books:
Cry Danger ISBN 0 590 13163 X Published 1995
Disaster Bay ISBN 0 590 19249 3 Published 1997
Deadly Hunter ISBN 0 590 19716 9 Published 1998
Fishing For Clues ISBN 0 439 01148 5 Published 2000
Stealing The Show ISBN 0 439 01208 2 Published 2000
Pushing His Luck ISBN 0 439 01149 3 Published 2000

Published by Usborne Publishing:
The Beast ISBN 0 7460 60343 Published 2004
The Reawakening ISBN 0 746 07882X Published 2007
Rampage ISBN 978 0 7460 7892 1 Published 2008

Published by Greenstream Publishing (www.greenstreampublishing.com)
Cry Danger ISBN 1 904 529313
Become a Writer A Step by Step Guide ISBN 978 1 907670 24 4

Published by Hometown World
Children's History of Coventry ISBN 978 1 84993 116 8

Look out also for A Touch of Death (Short story) in 13 Murder Mysteries (Scholastic). ISBN 0 590 13419 1996
British Customs (Teach Yourself) Brown Publishing. ISBN 1 873803 14 1 1993
Britain and the British General Topics. Brown Publishing ISBN 1 873803 03 6 1992

CONTACT ME: email: ann-evans@btconnect.com

Comments from schools:

From Elaine Hall, Literacy co-ordinator, Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle. April 2014.
Today our school was delighted to welcome Ann Evans to talk to all year 7 and 8 students about her journey to become a published author. What a fantastic day was had by all! She was truly inspirational whilst being honest about the hard work involved. Students had the opportunity to see a manuscript with editorial comments, have some writing experience under her tutelage and ask questions about writing for magazines and newspapers as well as fiction and non-fiction books. It was also great for teachers accompanying students to have some understanding of the possible career paths for someone who enjoys writing. Thank you Ann; we look forward to seeing you again soon.

From Gavin Coxhead and Sarah Collins, Hearsall School. December 2012. Dear Ann, Your time with us was really appreciated and you really inspired the children. Several said afterwards that they want to be authors themselves. It was lovely to hear. To have someone come in to show them that books are written by real people was a great lesson for them. The way you answered questions helped the childrem believe they could come up with good ideas of their own as well.

From Kirsty Hill, Chief Librarian, King Henry VIII School, Coventry:
Ann Evans visited school on 7th December 2011 to give a talk to some of our students. They were delighted to meet a local author. The talk about her range of children's books was both informative and engaging. Students were taken through the process of becoming an author from the initial inspiration of ideas to publication. Throughout her entertaining interactive talk Ann involved the students and they listened attentively when she read an excerpt from one of her stories. She carried out a question and answer session then completed her visit by signing a selection of her books which students were eager to buy. So successful was Ann's first talk at our school that she was invited to return to school to share with us her most recent publication.


Ann Evans. She is not just a great author. I know this because I have read nearly all of her books and they are amazing, truly indulging, like a disease that you do not want to get rid of!
But she is not just a great author. Ann is also a great person. I am striving to be a young author and Ann is just helping me do that. Two years ago I met Ann when she came into our school to promote and sign her book – The Beast. I, at that time, was planning to write a book and I was not sure how to start; so I took the chance to talk to her since she was an author I thought she might give me a few tips to get started. However she gave me more than that.
Before long I was writing and sending parts of my book to her through email. Every time in the email I write ‘please give me a few tips on what to improve!’ and every time she writes a critique which, even though I did not ask for, I am very grateful for. Through this I learned so much about writing: proper dialogue, proper indenting, right novel length….
Of course Ann is still an author not an editor and she is probably working very hard on her books, so I decided that I should stop troubling her with my mistake crammed work so she can keep producing her brilliant work!
Now, I keep writing and working and maybe one day I will be a bit like Ann!
I also want to use this opportunity to thank her for all the help she has given me! It has really, really, absolutely given me a great welcome to writing. Thank you so much, Ann. I hope you will carry on having a brilliant career!
With Many Thanks Yuhang Xie. King Henry VIII School, Coventry.


From Dawn Beaumont Head of Coventry Libraries:

Author Ann Evans took part in Coventry Libraries Big Book Bonanza, Children's Book Week in February 2009.
Ann hosted two highly successful sessions for us at the Central Library. In the first session Ann talked to a group of local school children about her writing and read extracts from her books. The children where completely captivated by Ann's talk which was inspirational and inclusive. Ann ensured that all the children felt involved and everyone had the chance to ask questions and have them answered in an honest and interesting manner. Feedback from both teaching staff and pupils was very positive.
The second session was open to the general public and involved a range of ages including adults. Ann entertained and held the attention of the audience throughout the session, easily adapting her material to cater for a varied age group. We look forward to having Ann visit again in the near future.


Students had the opportunity to meet children's author Ann Evans in George Salter School's newly refurbished library on World Book Day 2008. The lucky students took part in various activities and even had chance to do some creative writing of their own. Other students plied Ann with questions about where she gets her inspiration from, how to get published, and what it's like being an author.
A Year 8 student commented: I really enjoyed the experience. I thought Ann's book Cry Danger had a really good story. Meeting Ann was great, she was really friendly.


Thank you for visiting St Hugh's School on Thursday 5th of March 2009. I really enjoy reading your books and I am halfway through Fishing for Clues. It is amazing. I learned a lot from you and I wish to be an author when I am older. Thank you."

Year 5 pupil, St Hugh's School, Ware, Hertfordshire.


Thank you for such a fantastic morning which surpassed all our expectations. Your talk was really inspirational and has given the girls a real zest for writing. I also found your Q&A session really interesting and felt it showed how engaged the girls had been. The writing workshop was such fun and worked really well. I have had loads of girls (and staff ) coming up to me telling me how much they enjoyed themselves and thanking me for arranging for you to come so all in all a really successful day mainly thanks to you.
Mrs Birte Milne, Wychwood School, Oxford.
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