I offer both author talks and creative writing workshops. The seventeen years I spent in the classroom as an English teacher at Key stages 3, 4 and 5 mean I am able to be adaptable and flexible according to the school’s specific requirements.
My author talks last up to one hour and are suitable for whole year groups and large groups of students. I use Powerpoint and props and the talk is interactive to ensure pupils remain engaged. A typical presentation may involve discussing the writing process, the road to publication, a brief account of the plot and characters of my books, a very short reading and a Q&A session.
My aim is to encourage a growth mindset and motivate students to work hard, as well as inspiring them to write and read as much as they can.
Creative writing workshops can be character, plot or theme based and I am very happy to accommodate a school’s specific needs and requirements. I often use the setting of the circus and extracts from my own book as a model for students to produce their own writing, establishing a character or setting for a story.
I’m happy to Skype schools anywhere in the world to answer questions/talk about Show Stopper and won’t charge for this.
Sally Perkins Beauchamps High School, LRC manager
The students were enthralled by Hayley’s introduction to the world of Show Stopper; so much so, that book sales broke school records. By 8.15 am the next day, all eight copies of the book were on loan, and a waiting list was growing! Some amazing work was produced during the workshops from some unexpected sources! Hayley really knew how to get the best out of the students.
Amanda Adams, Librarian Moulsham School
We really enjoyed having Hayley visit us and share her writing journey and enthusiasm for reading! She led a creative writing workshop, signed books and then kept our entire Year 9 group engaged with an informative and fun presentation. Her books went flying off the shelves and our students were clamouring to read Show Stopper!
Phillipa Morris-Jeffery, English teacher Brentwood School
Hayley was a true inspiration for the students who were all captivated by her motivational presence. Her presentation was incredibly uplifting, helping the students see that (with hard work) they can reach their potential. It was truly engaging and the students found it fascinating to hear about the journey of a writer. They were all keen to ask questions and Hayley provided excellent answers with heartfelt honesty and passion.
Saba, Year 8 Student Brentwood School
You inspired me with your creativity and courage. After hearing you talk about your amazing book, I couldn’t wait to buy Show Stopper and ever since I bought the book I am addicted to it…in my next English assessment I got my first A* of the year. You are my idol!
Jane Barnes, English teacher, The International School of The Hague. School visit June 2018
The rapport with students was very good, with practical, honest and down to earth advice. The panel interview format fits with our MYP study programme, in which enquiry is at the heart of learning approaches. We appreciated Hayley fitting in with this so readily, and interacting with the panel and audience so thoughtfully and individually. Students were fully engaged. A number of students stayed through break, and would have talked to Hayley as long as they could. Many have a personal interest in writing, and they seem newly inspired and encouraged by the seeming accessibility of authorship. Even some teachers present tell me they now wish to try to write!