Magic Trix Books
Sara Grant - author of Dark Parties | autor von NEVA
Teen Books
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Schools, Libraries & Book Groups

I'm currently taking bookings for school and library visits.

 

I love meeting with readers and writers of all ages. I have a variety of tested events and activities for primary and secondary schools. I can also customize an event to meet your objectives. If you’d like to invite me to visit your school or library – either in person or online via Skype – please contact me at sara (at) sara-grant.com to discuss fees and dates.

 

What students say...

"Sara Grant's visit is one I will never forget. It was not only fun but it was extremely educational and one that will help my learning in English greatly!" -- Skyla

 

"I really enjoyed Sara Grant's visit. The workshop was great fun and I learnt a lot. It really inspired me to become a writer." -- Kiran

 

Workshops for adults

I also give a variety of workshops for writers interested in writing for children and teens. Find out more about my workshops for writers.

Discussion Sheet & Activities

Writing for me is an exploration of ideas and issues. I've created a series of dicussion sheets, activities and creative writing exercises for my books. Be aware that their may be spoilers in the questions I provide so don't use the links below until you've read the book. 

 

Chasing Danger -- Discussion Questions and Creative Writing Exercises

 

Dark Parties -- Discussion Questions

 

Half Lives -- The Story Behind the Book and Discussion Questions

 

Magic Trix -- Activies and Games

Here's what teachers & librarians say about my events...

"'Sara's crime mystery interactive workshop was a whirlwind of enthusiasm, energy and passion for the detective genre; our boys were entirely engrossed from start to finish! The way in which Sara was able to chivy even some of our most shy students into eagerly participating was a joy to observe and the boys are already asking when she'll visit again! Sara also presented an educational workshop about the creative process to our Year 10 students: this was both highly informative, whilst also being personal and fully engaged our boys.  I will most certainly recommend Sara to other schools and am already looking forward to seeing her at Wetherby again." -- Lottie Kirk, Head of English, Wetherby Senior, London

 

“Sara held our students captivated and when you consider that the audience was made up of 200 year 7 students plus a further 60 form the local primary school, you will appreciate this is no mean feat. After speaking about her own work, Sara practically ran a creative writing workshop with the whole audience showing them how to develop character, plot and setting. I think the students were surprised by their own creativity and were thrilled to be part of this story that developed as Sara spoke. I have hosted over 30 author visits as a school librarian and I would rate Sara’s talk as one of the best.” -- Ann Smy, librarian, Brentwood County High School

 

“Sara Grant, if you are not aware is a brilliant, award-winning author as well as being an entertaining speaker and all-round lovely person. I have had the pleasure of working with her several times over the past few years, and have watched as she has held audiences entranced with her reading and talks which flip between humour and seriousness. Her workshops can be tailored to specific age groups from primary-age readers to adults.” – Matt Imrie, past chair London Youth Libraries Group, School Librarian for Farringtons School

 

“Sara's visit showed our students the work that is writing and illustrated the process and power of revision. My students loved her frank and honest discussion about how difficult it is to write even about topics and issues that you care deeply. Dark Parties has not spent a single day on our library shelves...the kids (and adults) loved it!” Ted Baechtold, Senior English Teacher, Eastern Greene High School

 

“The workshop mixed fun and creativity with rolling your sleeves up and getting down to some serious writing. All learners achieved something from the workshop and went away full of renewed confidence in their writing, and feeling energised and inspired. They learnt a range of writing skills including how to start a piece of creative writing and how to put their ideas onto paper, which might spark an interesting new hobby for them, as well as being transferable into their vocational areas.” Susan Sandercock, Curriculum Leader for English at South Essex College.

 

 

"Thank you for giving the children such an amazing experience. We were so lucky to have you for the whole day and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and talks you provided. The classes had their imaginations unlocked and their excitement towards reading and writing heightened, and this was evident in the days that followed your visit as well! All the staff also commented on how your approach was geared perfectly towards different age ranges and we would all welcome you back anytime! Thank you again." -- All the children and staff from KHCPS, Chelmsford

 

Amnesty Uses DARK PARTIES to Teach Human Rights

Amnesty also has created a discussion sheet on Dark Parties for teachers to use when exploring human rights issues. Download the PDF here! To find out more about Amnesty and other books with similar topics, visit Amnesty's web site