I talk about the inspiration behind Emmy Levels Up including my favourite videogames and discuss how I used videogame structure to plan and write my book. I explain how I became a writer and share some writing tips and tricks. I will read an extract and finish with a Q&A so children can ask questions.
"Meeting you was a complete pleasure and we very much enjoyed every part of your workshop. From the books to the games, we found the whole thing amazing. Something I really liked was that we got to design our own characters in our own way in a game. I also loved how you were so cheerful talking to us. We appreciated it when you spoke to use as if we were your friends."
Alishba and Arisha, Year 6
Level Up Your Writing
Videogames are stories. They have characters and worlds and obstacles to overcome. Stories and games are exciting for the same reason – you get to invent a character and go on an adventure through a fascinating world to solve a problem.
I introduce Emmy Levels Up with a reading from the book and short Q&A. As a class, we will create a character with strengths and weaknesses and put them in an unusual world. Then we will present them with increasingly hard challenges to overcome. After we’ve planned our own stories, I will leave your class with the task of turning their plan into a story. Teaching resources included.
"Thank you for spending your time talking with us, it felt like you were actually here than if you were through a screen but it was all very entertaining. I liked the part where you answered questions because it made us get to know you a bit more - all of your answers were interesting. We hope to see you again - maybe at school next time!"
Paras and Zain, Year 6
Resources for Schools
Oxford University Press have produced some fantastic school resources for Emmy Levels Up.
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