School Visits

Ben is currently visiting schools to provide creative writing workshops for students of all ages.  Below is the plan of a basic workshop to give you an idea of what these workshops comprise.

To book Ben for a visit to your school, or to learn more, please email

ben@tylermay [dot] co [dot] uk

Double Lesson Workshop Plan

– Introduction to Ben Mears and the Tyler May series including insights about the original inspiration for the concept
– The reading of a short passage from one of the Tyler May books
– Q & A session
– A talk explaining how Ben goes about writing a book, including personal insights into the process
– A chance to ask further questions
– Some pointers on what to do and what to avoid
– A short exercise for students during which Ben will be available for one on one consultation
– A quick look at (and appreciation of) some of the students resulting work
NB. The above plan is the aim of the workshop.  Some aspects may be cut short or missed out if the lesson begins late for any reason or if students wish to explore one area more than others.  Ben aims to maintain some flexibility during the session.  The content and approach are targeted to meet specific year groups.  A creative writing master class is available for after school opt-in sessions, aimed at students who have a particular interest in writing.
Specific areas of creative writing can be included upon request given a week’s notice to allow for planning.

Supporting Letters & Comments

Dear Ben Mears,
We would just like to say thank you for today’s creative writing workshop. The fact that you are self-published and clearly successful is an inspiration to us as students who have an interest in creative writing and it has shown us we can achieve great things too!
Hearing useful tips from an actual author has been a great opportunity and we are thankful to be able to take on board and use your advice in the future.
Everyone was clearly engaged whilst you read the extract and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing the beginning of Tyler May’s story. We can but suggest how Tyler will get out of her mysterious situation.
Your books sound fantastic and no doubt many of us will be reading them in the near future!
Thank you again for a fantastic workshop,
Year 10 (Gordano School)

Hi Ben
Thank you so much for the workshop last term. The students really enjoyed it and some of them produced fabulous work which I have blown up for display.
We would really like to arrange a second session if that would be possible. I know we talked about a later time on a Thursday and that would work well for me too.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Thanks,
Rosie (English Teacher, Clevedon Comprehensive)

Dear Ben,
Thanks again for coming in today – please see attached letter from some of the class. They were really positive about the session and loved hearing some of your story read aloud!
Have a wonderful summer,
Sophie (Assistant Head Teacher – Teaching and Learning, Gordano School)

My class thoroughly enjoyed your book today and were talking about it all afternoon!
Cyril (teacher)

Hi Ben,
The children all had a lovely day and we are putting the photo of you and the Year 6’s with their books on our newsletter this week.
Thank you again for coming in to see us.
Kind regards
Sally (Bursar at Dundry Church of England Primary)

Ben Mears’ creative talents enabled us to bring our stories to life. His dramatized recordings were used as the key part of a week of children’s activities.
Ben has a passion for storytelling and is able to communicate that with any age group.
Daniel Sibthorpe (Pastor of Living Waters Church, Clevedon)

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