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Article by Editorial | 3rd September 2019

Celebrated author captivates young imaginations in Crowborough

Beacon Academy students in Crowborough were treated to a fascinating insight into the world of being a published writer when popular author, Jenny McLachlan visited the school.

The celebrated author of fiction for children and teenagers worked with more than 60 Year 7 students over three workshops, helping them to “find the book within them”. The students were engrossed as Jenny led them through the stages of planning and writing their own book.

Jenny helped the students to generate ideas that could sell well in the current book market and explained that you do not have to be a writer to work in the book industry. The students were encouraged to use their interests and imaginations to create a commercial package that could be pitched to an agent or publisher, including a design and tag line for the book jacket.

Jenny was impressed by the students’ ideas, commenting: “The students were a pleasure to work with: imaginative, keen to learn and very enthusiastic. I felt very welcome at Beacon Academy and the staff were very supportive of the visit. There is clearly a thriving reading and arts culture at the school. I want to read so many of the students’ books!”

The day finished up with an informal Q&A session with Jenny in the library with students from across the year groups and staff who came to participate in the discussion. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed lots of cake and students lingered chatting to Jenny.

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