School and University Visits

I’m always happy to do events in person or on Skype. I work with students aged 11+ years old in the UK, Ireland, and internationally.

Available talks and workshops for Secondary Schools:

‘My writing journey’ talk – A talk which follows my experience of writing my first book at the age of sixteen from first draft to publication, with images of my original writing. I discuss the researching, editing and cover design process, as well as talking about writing alongside my studies. Includes a reading from my latest novel and Q&A session. (1 hour, any number of students)

Writing with STEM talk – A talk about my writing with a focus specifically on how I came to write science fiction after studying Chemistry and Physics at Masters level. I discuss how scientific research I’ve done inspired events in my novels. I also show a presentation including examples of spreadsheets used to accurately calculate the figures involved in my writing, such as spaceship travel times and time travel figures. Includes discussion of Einstein’s theory of relativity, time dilation, extinction and evolution, all talked about in an enthusiastic, easy-to-understand way. Includes a reading from my latest novel and Q&A session. (1 hour, any number of students)

‘World-building’ writing workshop – a group exercise using pictures of real world locations to write a story. Students will use their senses to create atmosphere and setting, building out a story from the location. It includes examples taken from writing I did at the age of 18, which later became part of my debut novel. (1 hour, less than 40 students, years 6-9)

Science fiction writing workshop – a group exercise about writing science fiction based on articles in the news. We will choose a recent news topic based on a scientific subject and use the ideas and concepts to create an engaging story. It will teach students how to research science online, and be creative with a typically factual subject. (1 hour, less than 40 students, year 7 and up)

Available workshops for older students (Year 12 – University level):

Writing Diversely –  an explanation of the core concepts of diversity in writing, and a guided group discussion about why it is important for writers of all kinds to make their work inclusive. Students will learn how to research identities and avoid stereotypes, using case studies and examples of diverse works. We will research and write a diverse piece of fiction. (2 hours, less than 40 students)

Working with agents – an explanation of the submission process, followed by a session where we will work on crafting query letters, synopsis and pitches, as well as choosing a shortlist of agents to query. NB: students will need a rough idea of their project in order to create the query letter, otherwise they can create a query letter for their favourite novel, e.g. Harry Potter (2 hours, less than 40 students)

Working with publishers – an explanation of the process of editing with a publisher, with guided exercises in editing an chapter extract, swapping work and line-editing each other’s writing using Microsoft Word tracked changes and comments. NB: students will need to bring a scene or short story along to edit (2 hours, less than 40 students)

School, university or library visits, or talks via Skype/Google Hangouts, can be arranged by contacting me at laurenjamesauthor@gmail.com. My prices are available here, and you can download graphics to use for posters at events here. I’m currently taking bookings for March 2021 for World Book Day, and have limited slots in the first half of 2020 – get in touch for information about my current availability.

For other events, please contact my publicist at Walker Books, Rosi Crawley at Rosi.Crawley@walker.co.uk.

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Photo by Millais School, Horsham

“Lauren speaks with humour and knowledge. I would recommend booking her for an event without hesitation.” – Emily Tristram – Kenilworth School Literacy Coordinator

Photo by University of Nottingham

“Lauren is a talented presenter and she connected really well with the audience at the event. She also happens to be a very lovely person and quick to respond to my emails about the event details. I’d definitely recommend her for running or taking part in other events.” – Anne Smart, Digital Communications Manager, The University of Nottingham

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Photo by Millais School, Horsham

“Lauren talks so well and was definitely one of the best author visits that we have had at the library.” –  Sorrelle Clements, Coventry Libraries and Information Services 

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