Workshop is more than just a fantasy

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A top fantasy author visited an academy to conduct a workshop for students.

Mark Robson, the best-selling author of fantasy fiction for young adults, spent the day at Sandye Place Academy on Tuesday (October 23)

Mr Robson was invited to the school to speak to Gifted and Talented youngsters from Sandye Place and other schools.

The workshop was arranged through the Authors Abroad organisation which organises visits to schools by a hand-picked selection of writers.

Joanna Kalson, English teacher, head of Year 8 and Gifted and Talented co-ordinator at the school, said: “Mark spoke at length about how he writes his novels and about creative writing in general.

“He introduced himself and then talked about what is needed to be an author and he also offered tips on writing short stories.”

The workshop was also beneficial for students of all ages, Mrs Kalson said.

She added: “As well as students from Sandye Place we also had Year 4 pupils from Potton Lower School and Year 3 children from Caldecote Lower School.

“Mark’s workshop is designed to educate at different levels so all of the pupils went away having learned a lot.

“It was quite inspiring.”