school visits

I love doing creative writing workshops in schools.  Over the past 5 years I’ve visited more than 100 primary and secondary schools in the UK to run creative events and activities with children from year 3 to year 12.

I particularly enjoy visiting schools during Book Weeks or on World Book Day when everyone likes to dress up and is really excited about meeting a real live author!


Teachers have been amazed at how engaged the children are during the workshops, with some non-readers and ultra reluctant readers asking to borrow and read my book after the event. Here are some typical comments from recent events:

“Sarah came to our school and ignited all our pupils in year 4. She engaged them in how she became a writer and brought magic to her book by bringing an actual SeaBean and Black Box! We travelled in the C-Bean to many wonderful places. Her manner makes the children and adults feel at ease, even the most reluctant writers produced sensational work.
I would thoroughly recommend Sarah Holding to visit a school and explain her new genre ‘Clifi’.”

– Year 4 class teacher, Winterbourne Junior Girls School, November 2018

“I wanted to say that the response from today has been hugely positive and lots of children were very inspired by your visit.”
– Assistant Head, Hillcross Primary School, Morden, November 2018

“We have loved having Sarah Chaplin at Dolphin this term.  We want to use her books as a class text, but as so many children have already bought and read SeaBEAN and SeaWAR, it will have to be SeaRISE. So we are buying a class set to get started!”
Headteacher, Dolphin School, Clapham

“The boys were also very lucky to be joined in their world book day celebrations by renowned author, Sarah Holding, who produced the SeaBean trilogy of books. Sarah led an assembly for the Prep School followed by small, interactive workshops for each year group. This was a real privilege for the boys to get a glimpse into the mind of such a popular and creative author. They were all particularly excited by the revealing of the front cover of Sarah’s latest book.” – 
Literacy Coordinator, Priory Prep School, Banstead

Last year I did a series of workshops across the Isle of Wight during their Literary Festival. This is what one secondary school English teacher wrote:

“The workshop was a wonderful and engaging experience and Sarah thanked pupils for their enthusiasm and commitment to writing. The pupils involved were outstanding representatives for the school and they should feel very proud of what they achieved.”

Here’s the article in full: 2017 Workshops at the Island Free School, Isle of Wight

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If you would like to book an event at your school, or your child’s school, or simply know more about what we could offer, please email


I have also produced a KS2 Scheme of Work, which encompasses 10 lesson plans each of which is based around a chapter in the first book of my trilogy, SeaBEAN, and can be downloaded for free from the TES website.

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If you would like to book an event at your school, or your child’s school, or simply know more about what we could offer, please email