Weʼve raised £170 to fund Fiction Fridays!
- Northern Ireland
- Funded on Tuesday, 10th October 2017
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Over the past few years schools in Northern Ireland have seen huge cuts to their budgets, meaning that many schools have had to lose teachers, classroom assistants, special needs resources, and other valuable necessities. As you can imagine, this leaves increasingly less money for schools to host author visits which help students connect with the process of creative writing and demystify the world of writing fiction. An author talk can be a huge encouragement to young people who enjoy writing already, and it can help stimulate creativity for those students who have never seen themselves as writers. A writing workshop led by a local author can help students with creative writing exam work, or simply inspire them to be playful with words and take pleasure in creating something of their own.
Unfortunately I cannot offer visits to schools for free. Taking into account the many hours spent preparing, organising admin, performing/teaching, and the cost of travelling, the rate for an author visit currently stands at £160 per visit.
My proposal is that for every £160 donated I will provide a one-hour school visit, with non-selective schools taking priority. Supporters will be updated about school visits.
Should I raise more than the amount shown I will continue to offer school visits at the rate of £160 per visit until the funding runs out. If the amount raised is less than the total goal I will simply do as many visits as the amount raised covers. Anyone who donates £160 can nominate a school of their choice for a guaranteed visit. The majority of visits will be on a Friday as this is the day I can be most easily available, although some visits might be possible on other days.
A one-hour visit can be tailored to the class's needs. In the past I have offered talks about/readings from my own work, mini-book/zine-making workshops, help with GCSE creative writing, etc. Your support will mean that young people across Northern Ireland will be able to access this kind of workshop without any cost to them or their school.
I failed my 11-plus and went to a wonderful secondary school which encouraged me to find my writing voice. I would love to have had the opportunity to meet a published author, and now that I am one I really enjoy going into schools to share what I have learnt along the way. I am excited to think that this project might enable more schools to access author visits, particularly those schools which have a higher percentage of students from working class areas. Thanks in advance for your support.
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Oct 5, 2017
Good luck. Shirley. Sorry it's not more x
Oct 5, 2017
Keep up the good work sis xox
Oct 1, 2017
Good luck with it!
Sep 17, 2017
Keep up the good work x
Sep 12, 2017
Sorry it can't be more, but hope this helps - Angeline x
Sep 12, 2017
Fantastic idea - good luck!
Sep 11, 2017
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Shirley-Anne McMillan is the author of A Good Hiding (2106, Atom), and The Unknowns (Dec 2017, Atom). As an author of Young Adult fiction she has visited several schools, and presented readings, talks and workshops at many festivals. For more info: www.shirleyannemcmillan.com
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