Working with children and young people is without doubt the best part of my writing adventure. I deliver a range of activities within a variety of settings including schools, colleges, youth groups, libraries and literary festivals. 

September 2021 Update

I’m thrilled to report that I’m once again available for in-person author visits. My fee for in-person visits is £300 for a full-day visit and £150 for a half-day visit. Travel costs will be charged should I be required to travel out of my locality. Session details for in-person visits can be found further down this page.

My virtual author sessions will run alongside the in-person sessions. Virtual visits can involve multiple classes/remote participants and are guaranteed to generate a lasting ‘book buzz’. Beam me onto your screens via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams and I’ll enthuse, excite and entertain your young people about reading and writing.

Virtual EYFS/KS1 (4-7yrs) Storytelling Session 

  • My writing adventure
  • Storytelling performance of one of my Impossible Tales!
  • Q&A/author chat

Duration = 30 minutes    Price = £40

Virtual KS2 (7-11yrs) Author Session 

  • My writing adventure
  • 2 x story extracts, including author analysis and quiz questions
  • Writing hints and tips
  • Dan’s recommended KS2 reads
  • Q&A/author chat

Duration = 40 minutes    Price = £50   

Virtual KS2 (7-11yrs) Storytelling Session 

As KS2 Author Session, plus I’ll put on my storytelling waistcoat and perform one of the Impossible Tales!

Duration = 60 minutes    Price = £65

Virtual KS2 (7-11yrs) Character-Creation Writing Workshop

Discover how I create the characters in my stories, enjoy a story performance and then create your own story character, with my help and guidance.

Duration = 60 minutes    Price = £65

 

**Audience size limits are applied to all virtual sessions**

 

Signed & Dedicated Books For School

Follow up the virtual visit by allowing your pupils to read more of the stories I shared during our time together. I am happy to sign and dedicate copies of all six books and post them directly to your school within the UK.

 

Check out the feedback from some of my virtual sessions:

“Dan and his storytelling waistcoat transferred seamlessly to the big screen. Minutes to set up, teachers able to access easily and children engaged and enthralled with this outstanding virtual author experience. The technology-enhanced interactive visit transported Dan directly into the children’s classroom and transported their imaginations to the heavens. 10/10!”

Stephen Twist, Staining CE Primary

“Dan provided us with three fantastic digital storytelling workshops for Years 1-6.  He was very engaging and the children took a lot away from the session. They have been talking about his funny stories ever since!”

English Lead Teacher, British School of Gran Canaria

“The virtual session ran so smoothly with Dan enchanting the children with readings including a particularly descriptive passage about a boy with super-powered snot that had myself and the children laughing into our webcams! He then recommended some books for the children that he had read over lockdown and there was excitement in our group chat at this point with children declaring their intentions to buy them ALL! After this, Dan held a Q and A session and children that had once seemed shy and wary of this new way of communication turned into journalists; grilling Dan with all manner of questions that he expertly answered.

Our Google Classroom was buzzing afterwards with comments such as ‘That video call was sooooooo good!’ and ‘I can’t wait to read Dan Worsley’s new book. It sounded well funny!’ It is no exaggeration to say that Dan provided us with a funny, insightful and inspiring experience that provided some much needed joy in a very difficult time and I would thoroughly recommend any school to book a session.”
Chris Oates, Marsden Primary

 

“The virtual session was fun and I enjoyed the bit when Dan read a little bit about Eric. Dan Worsley inspires me to be a writer and before I met him I did not think I was that good at writing but after the virtual lesson, I felt a lot more confident. His tips also work really well and he is a very inspirational person. He is like my writing hero!”

“Dan Worsley inspired me to write my own book some day. He proves you can do great things in life if you put your mind to it. Dan has shown me you can write a book even if you are a child. His book reading brought a smile to my face. You can be anything if you just believe!”

“Dan inspired me to read more whether it is his books or others. I now read every night before going to sleep. He also inspired me to write more and try adding more description to my work.”

Feedback from KS2 pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary

If you would like more information or to book a visit, please email me directly at danworsley@hotmail.co.uk or use the contact form on the website.

Author assembly

When a book is launched, I design a new author assembly. This consists of a 35-minute session in which I explain to the pupils how the book was created. I talk about the writing process and explain how Martin creates the illustrations and cover. It also features a live storytelling performance of one of my ‘Impossible Tales’ and concludes with a Q & A. The assembly is inspirational and aspirational, reading for pleasure is promoted and lots of writing tips are shared. In primaries, a book signing accompanies the session.

Dan in School

Virtual session

Zoom, Skype, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams work really well for virtual visits. I’m happy to have a chat about life as a writer and storyteller, answer the children’s questions and share extracts from the books. I can even put on my storytelling waistcoat and perform one of my Impossible Tales. Multiple classes can be involved and you don’t even have to make me a brew in the staffroom!

Dan Skype Session

Storytelling session

During the storytelling sessions, I put on the superpowered storytelling waistcoat and use a variety of props to perform a selection of my weird and wacky ‘Impossible Tales’. Crime-fighting wigs. Pirate adventures. Stomach-churning mishaps. Mutated mucus. It’s all covered, along with much, much more, in my mind-blowing Tales. Prepare to laugh, be shocked and most importantly be entertained and spellbound! Audience numbers are only limited by the size of the space in which the storytelling session is taking place.

Dan Storytelling Session

Writing workshop

My writing workshops are fast-paced and engaging. They cover different aspects of narrative writing including characterisation, use of humour, setting and creating tension, to name but a few. Using my background as a primary teacher, along with my passion for writing, I guide the pupils as they pick apart a short piece of text from one of my stories, plan their own version after lots of discussion and support them as they start work on a first draft. Lots of SPaG, author intent and comprehension elements are incorporated throughout, along with a huge dollop of creativity. The sessions are aimed at one class-size group of pupils at a time and last for approximately 70 minutes. Timings can be tweaked as required.

If you would like to make a booking or for more information, including fees, please contact me directly via email at danworsley@hotmail.co.uk or use the contact form.

Dan Writing Workshop