Creative Writing & Storytelling for Schools

"Not only did the children learn a thing or two about writing, it also made us reflect on our practice as professionals and our planning of the writing process."

Louise Jones, Literacy Coordinator, Derwendeg Primary School, Hengoed

“Just want to say a huge thanks for today. I went into the staff room afterwards and there was an overwhelming 'He was Fab, the kids loved him!' You were a big hit with the children and adults. Honestly, as the Literacy Coordinator, I couldn't ask for anything better!"

Rhian Morgan, Literacy Coordinator, Pontyclun Primary School, Pontyclun

" Mark presented to a packed hall of Year 7 pupils who remained thoroughly engaged throughout the session. Pupils particularly enjoyed the glimpse into the world of book publishing and the journey a book undergoes from conception to final release."

Simon Hoey, Treorchy High  School

Interactive, Informative, Inspiring & Fun!

Hi there, my name is Mark and I just love telling stories!


As a father of two primary aged children and one grown up son, I’ve always loved reading and telling stories! With over 25 years writing experience, I am passionate about engaging our youngsters to not only read more but to pick up their pens (or their tablets) and get writing themselves!


Children never get tired of having stories read to them, which is even more brilliant when those telling the stories are the authors themselves! Our storytelling sessions are designed for children of all ages, from Foundation phase, right through Juniors and into Comprehensive education.


As someone who has performed poetry and spoken word at events all over Wales with National Theatre Wales, I know all too well how words can ignite and excite people’s imaginations.


All our storytelling sessions include a Meet & Greet the Author (normally scheduled on another day), where the children get the chance to meet with me for a little chat, and also to buy their own signed and personalised copy of a book!


All our storytelling sessions are interactive, informative, inspiring and fun, with kids asking all kinds of wonderful and sometimes very off-the-wall questions, so  there's never a dull moment!


Here is a summary of what I cover in a typical session (using PowerPoint), although elements of this can be tailored to individual requirements:

  

Bringing a Book to Life using our best selling book Polly's Magic Bubbles and the Quest for Dizzelwood

  • Inspiration is everywhere - how you can capture and develop  your initial ideas!
  • Character Development - showing the children how characters are created and developed.
  • Illustrating Your Book - explaining why we chose to illustrate our children's books.
  • Drafting Your Story - explaining the importance of drafting and showing how to do it!
  • Storytelling - where I storytell (Jackanory  fashion and not reading from a book), which really gets the kids going!
  • Original Book Illustrations - showing some of Liz's original watercolour illustrations on large A2 paper.
  • Book Cover Design - showing the importance of book cover design, and how we do it from start to finish.
  • Radio 2’s 500 Words - encouraging the kids to enter the best kids competition ever!
  • 500 Word Storyboard Challenge - can they write their own 500 words masterpiece?
  • Question and Answer session about writing and what it's like to be an author.

Our aim is to encourage the children’s love for stories, so that by the time I leave they are already picking up a book to read, or even start writing one themselves!


Based in South Wales, we are fully DBS checked. 


Our Creative Writing and Storytelling sessions are one hour for KS2, a little more for pupils in Secondary school, and a little less for Foundation aged children.


The price per session is from £95.


Sessions can be tailored to individual school requirements. 


These interactive workshops provide a real insight into how we bring our books to life, and how the children too can become aspiring authors themselves! 


We also encourage children to enter Radio 2's 500 Words Competition.


We have also developed a Becoming A True Giant Health & Wellbeing Storytelling Session using our book Midge - Prince of the Giants focussing on the Importance of Friendship and how children can Become true Giants in becoming better friends!


We also have a number of Christian themed titles explaining the Gospel in simple terms which are ideal as a basis for Religious Education talks.


For more information, scroll down the page, or if you would like us to come to your area or simply find out more, please email Mark mark@tomsercat.com or call on 01443 408577 or 07846 994 916.


You can view more of our Terms & Conditions by clicking here.

Read reviews of our storytelling sessions

Storytelling Sessions for all ages!

Our storytelling sessions are specially designed for all the different age groups.


For Foundation aged children we go through our two picture books: Can We Walk to the Moon? and How High Do Trees Grow? getting the children counting and spotting and even dancing!


For Junior and Comprehensive aged children we use our illustrated chapter books and teenage novels to guide the children through the whole writing process, including drafting, text and illustration development, final cover design and the finished book, with a good dollop of storytelling in-between!

Catching a Star!

The infants of Fynnon Taf Primary School were inspired to write their own stories following one of our storytelling workshops and reading Can We Walk to the Moon? when they suddenly found a Star caught up in a tree in their school!

Read the children's stories here

Foundation (ages 3 to 7)

Can We Walk to the Moon?

How High Do Trees Grow?

(Two picture books written in verse)


£95


Discovering the stories 

behind the stories!


 Interactive Storytelling

Children are encouraged to interact, spotting and counting various aspects in the story.

  

Remembering the Stories

with Wordsearch & Crossword Fun!

  

Storyboard Challenge

Encouraging children to come up with an exciting story using storyboards of their own! 

  

What’s it like to be an author?

Juniors (ages 7 to 11)

Polly's Magic Bubbles and the Quest for Dizzelwood

(Illustrated Chapter Book)


£95


  • Bringing a Book to Life
  • Inspiration is everywhere!
  • Characters Development 
  • Illustrating Your Book 
  • Drafting Your Story 
  • Storytelling 
  • Original Book Illustrations 
  • Book Cover Design 
  • Radio 2’s 500 Words 
  • 500 Word Storyboard Challenge 
  • Author Q & A 

Comprehensive (ages 11+)

The Extraordinary Happenings of Peter Oddfellow:

The Old Umbrella

(Teenage / Young Adult Novel)

£95

  • Bringing a Book to Life
  • Inspiration / Defining Genre 
  • Book Cover Design
  • Developing Characters
  • Storytelling
  • Drafting in Detail
  • Adding a Prologue
  • Writing & Publishing
  • Radio 2’s 500 Words
  • Author Q & A

Health & Wellbeing Storytelling Sessions

Becoming A True Giant

Our illustrated chapter book Midge - Prince of the Giants  has been developed into a Health & Wellbeing Storytelling Session focussing on the Importance of Friendship and how children can Become true Giants by becoming better friends!


The session includes a standalone Storytelling session for Years 2, 3 & 4 for £95 which can then be extended into a full morning or afternoon session with a smaller group of children (maximum class of 25 - £175 Storytelling and Health & Wellbeing).


Storytelling

  • Weighing in challenge!
  • Researching GIANT Adventures!
  • A Tale of the Unexpected
  • Putting a Twist in your story
  • Storytelling
  • Author Q&A


Health & Wellbeing

  • True Giants are not just measured by size
  • Storytelling Discussion points
  • Inclusion – the Importance of Fitting In
  • Physical Appearance
  • Disability & Learning Difficulties
  • Social & Ethnic Backgrounds
  • Not Judging a Book by its Cover
  • Discovering treasure inside
  • Coming alongside others
  • Children then get to create their very own Becoming a True Giant!  book.
  • Q & A

Here is a review from the session:

“The story telling session was extremely interesting and all children were hooked from the start with the practical introduction and build up  to the book. The Health and Wellbeing  follow on session based on everyone is special was a superb follow on from the book and was age appropriate. It allowed the children to discuss differences in a non threatening informal manner! 


The children thoroughly enjoyed completing the fold up book too! You were very patient with the children questions and made it relevant to their ideas and suggestions. Diolch yn fawr, Mark.”

Gemma Howells, Ffynnon Taf Primary School


Please contact Mark on mark@tomsercat.com for more details.

Storytelling Terms & Conditions

  • Storytelling sessions can be cancelled up to 48 hours before, but this will incur a 50% charge of the booked session cost.
  • A computer running Microsoft PowerPoint must be available at the school, logged on and ready to go in time for the start of the storytelling session.
  • A number of teachers need to be present during any of our sessions.
  • A text reminder or equivalent must be sent out to the parents the day before any scheduled book signing.
  • A book signing is generally arranged two to three days after the storytelling session unless otherwise agreed.
  • Book order forms and book money can either remain with the child for the book signing or collected beforehand with an associated  tally and register of all the children who are having their books signed.
  • Only agreed Tomser Cat books will be brought to the book signing.
  • Any children who forget their book money can purchase their Tomser Cat books online from this website.
  • Although our books are advertisedon other websites such as Amazon, Waterstones, etc., we will not supply them with any of our books due to their high charges. Tomser Cat books are only availabe from this website.