Recent feedback from primary schools from across Shropshire prompted us to perform a detailed review of the impact of our existing ‘Schools’ Week’ project. After much research and lengthy discussions with teachers and education leaders, we have re-designed the Schools’ Week project in order to deepen its impact and create a legacy for schools and pupils.
14th November 2018: The Creative Writing Conference:
The conference for teachers at the University Centre Shrewsbury will feature keynote talks from Julia Eccleshare MBE (writer, broadcaster, Children’s Books Editor at The Guardian and Co-director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and award-winning children’s author, Piers Torday plus workshops focusing on creative writing practice and pedagogy through a day of creative professional development.
March 2019: Author/Illustrator Workshops in Schools:
The workshops for pupils in schools will take place 11th – 15th March 2019 and will be led by established and successful children’s authors and illustrators.
March to April 2019: The Creative Writing Competition:
Pupils will be encouraged to enter a Shropshire-wide creative writing competition. Prizes will be awarded to pupils from each participating school at the end of April 2019. These winning stories will be ‘published’ as audio books on the Shrewsbury Bookfest website and will be available to you as a future teaching resource.
The in-school workshop and creative writing competition can be matched to whichever year group and writing genre that works best for your school and fitted into school long-term planning at this stage. Author workshops will be tailored to KS1 or KS2 pupils.
If you are a primary school in Shropshire and would like full information on this project, simply download this information: Bookfest Schools Week 2019 invitation to book and Schools Week Booking form
Places for Schools’ Week are limited and will be offered to the first 30 schools that reply with a completed booking form – bookings will close on Friday 28 September 2018.