Website: http://www.fionacummings.co.ukContact: fionacummingslive.co.ukAudiences:
5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)
I’ve been writing for children for over 10 years and I love it! Am I really supposed to have so much fun in my ‘job’?
Writing is exhilarating and exciting, but it can be frustrating too: every word has to count. I know what it feels like to sit in front of a blank piece of paper and not really know which words to put next. There is a joy in going into schools, meeting the very people I write for and hopefully passing on to them my own passion for reading and for writing. I am a firm believer in learning through fun, so my talks and workshops are lively and interactive. The contribution of each child is valuable and my workshops are structured so that everyone can participate at their own level.
A popular workshop for KS1 is the retelling of traditional stories with a unique twist - puppets, dressing up and lots of fun! For KS2 I show how the building up of a story is a jigsaw puzzle - starting with the setting, creating wonderful characters (with lots of props and hot-seating) and finally starting to plan the storyline, which is where the fun really starts!
The focus is always on interactive activities and keeping everyone involved.
I am based in Yorkshire but have visited schools in Lancashire, Wales and Cumbria. I am prepared to travel and I am flexible on payable rates so do get in touch for a chat about your requirements.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID
"Fiona Cummings is an experienced published author. Her amazing props sparked my class's imagination. the stories and books we produced were worthy of being published themsleves."
Gayl O'Callaghan of Orchard School, Watford
"I cannot recommend Fiona highly enough. The minute she walked into our school her infectious inspiration spread throughout. Enthusiasm literally burst out of all our children from the very youngest to our oldest coolest children. Those who had previously been reluctant to write couldn't wait to put pen to paper and our gifted children were especially thrilled to have their ideas praised by a 'proper author'.
We will most certainly be inviting Fiona back on a regular basis to wave her magical writing wand.'
Allison Deighton, Bowling Green Primary School, Calderdale
Thank you ever so much for giving up your own time for us. You have really inspired me to write my own stories. I think that the story I've written is my best because of you."
Ryan Year 6 pupil at Western Springs Community Primary School, Rugeley, Staffordshire
WORKSHOPS I OFFER
Characters and story-building
Inspiring reluctant writers
I have written over 20 books but these are my most recent
| ||The Extremely Very Scrambled Up World of Little Doogs (isbn:978-1-848760-950)|
The characters are very human, with both qualities and flaws. The writing is concise and very funny, but also sad as we follow the very endearing Little Doogs in his search for a permanent home.
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| ||TV Stars! (The Sleepover Club) (isbn:0007264933)|
One of the very popular Sleepover Club series. When all the girls decide to try out for a TV commercial, rivalry threatens to ruin their friendship. Will this be the end of the Sleepover Club?
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| ||Party Time (The Sleepover Club) (isbn:0007309945)|
The girls are planning a special sleepover party, but when Kenny gets into a fight they are banned from having any more sleepovers. Will they find a way to have the party after all?
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Society of Authors
National Centre for Language and Literacy
UK Literacy Association
National Association of Writers in Education
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Other search criteria:Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13
children,children's books, humour, beginner, reader, literacy, fun, reluctant writers