Will you run workshops at my school?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. to find out more about my virtual and in-person visits.
I love running creative, curriculum-linked events for schools, libraries and festivals. I can tailor all my workshops to suit ages 6 to 14.
- Moth: An Evolution Story
A workshop that fuses literacy with learning about natural selection and human impact on the environment, working with my brand new picture book Moth.
- Little Guides to Great Lives
Follow in the footsteps of ordinary people who changed the world, and start writing your own biography.
- Science Writing Bootcamp
Children use teamwork to master the rules of writing awesome non-fiction, collecting fascinating facts on the way.
I’m happy to tailor talks and workshops to a particular theme or text type. Please get in touch to find out more about these fun, interactive sessions. Email: email@example.com
“Thanks so much for the really super event on Wednesday. Everyone seems to have had a wonderful time and we’ve had some lovely comments left in the comments book. I really appreciate you having run this for us – it’s easily been our most popular summer event so far!”
– Cambridgeshire Libraries
“Pupils enjoyed a VIP visit from author Ms Isabel Thomas, on World Book Day, who ran inspirational workshops and activities with the girls. Pre-prep pupils were captivated with story-telling and an enormous gingerbread house.”
– St Mary’s School, Cambridge
“We thoroughly enjoyed having you, and the children (and teachers) had a great time.”
– Kingshott School, Hitchin
“Even some of my reluctant writers have shown renewed enthusiasm for writing since.”
– St Peter’s School, St Albans
Do you have any advice for reluctant readers and writers?
I’ve written lots of blogs and vlogs for Oxford Owl sharing my tips for encouraging children to find joy in reading and writing – often through science and nature! Here are some links:
- Five ways to encourage reluctant readers
- Five ideas to fire up children’s non-fiction writing power
- Writing non-fiction for fun
- Six super science activities to try at home
- Making handwriting fun
- Making a reading den
- Outdoor learning: Bringing the outside in
Do you have any advice about writing for children?
I highly recommend the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, which is a treasury of information and support. It was a dream come true to write an article for the Yearbook myself. You’ll find it in the 2020, 2019 and 2018 editions: Writing adventures in the real world: children’s non-fiction.
I’ve also written two blogs full of advice for their website:
Can dogs swim in ice-cream?
One of my best jobs is answering children’s science questions for Whizz Pop Bang magazine. This was one of my all-time favourites!
Let’s imagine the ice cream has melted. Ice cream mix is thicker and more gloopy than water – scientists say it’s more viscous. So is it possible to swim in a liquid that’s more viscous than water? To find out, scientists added guar gum – an ingredient that’s actually found in ice cream – to a swimming pool. This created a gloopy liquid twice as thick as water. They discovered that people swam at exactly the same speed in the ‘ice cream pool’ and a normal pool! Although it’s harder for a swimmer to move their arms or legs through a gloopier liquid, each stroke pushes them forwards with more force. So dogs could swim in ice cream, as long as you melted it first. But DON’T try this at home – it would be a waste of perfectly good ice cream!