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Martin Stewart

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Email contact@martinstewartwriter.com
Local authority: South Ayrshire
Languages: English
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I have been a full-time writer for four years, producing funny, scary and lyrical books for readers aged 10+. Prior to publication I was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde and, latterly, an English teacher for six years.

Drawing on my classroom experience, I have delivered events at schools all over the UK, and have undertaken writer in residence roles for several institutions. My aim is to:

My presentation features an energetic, funny talk about my unusual path to publication, where the ideas come from and what life is like as a writer. For the senior phase, I place my experience in the context of pupils' own writing, and discuss how best to maximise folio pieces using my manuscripts as exemplar material. My workshops focus on developing writing skills with particular emphasis on the need for independent, self-generated reflection and editing to maximise impact. For upper primary/BGE, this centres on creative work; for the senior phase, the focus is on the assessment objectives in the portfolio component.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Outdoor learning; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Care experience; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Friendship; Gender equality; Horror; Love & romance; Mystery & thriller; Publishing & getting published

Age groups published for

Children; Teens

Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+