Prize-winning author at Packwood

The creative writing skills of Packwood pupils were given a professional boost yesterday when they received expert advice and guidance from acclaimed children’s author, Lauren St John.

Lauren spent the day at the school running creative writing workshops during which pupils worked together to make up a whole class story. They also took part in writing warm-ups and other exercises designed to teach them to have confidence in their imagination and ideas.

In the afternoon, we were delighted to welcome Year 6 pupils from St John the Baptist primary school in Ruyton XI Towns to join us for Lauren’s talk in the school theatre. She spoke to the children about her childhood growing up on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe and her adventures rescuing dolphins and leopards with the Born Free Foundation. She also talked about her career as a writer describing how she comes up with ideas and the in-depth research she does for the many different books she has written.

Head of English, Mr Chambers, commented, “Lauren gave the children some invaluable tips and techniques which I am sure they will put to good use in their work for the school creative writing competition later this term.

“Her talk later in the day brilliantly captured the children’s interest. They were enthralled by her descriptions of life on an African farm, the wonderful photographs she showed and her many entertaining stories about animals. It was quite clear they could have happily spent the rest of the afternoon and evening in her company.”