Daniel Blythe, author of the best-selling Doctor Who book ‘Autonomy’ and the recently released novel ‘Shadow Runners’ (aimed at children aged 11+), visited our school this term to work with Year 7 pupils.
All Year 7 were given the opportunity to listen to Daniel talk about his journey as an author, his passion for all things Doctor Who and his love of writing. They then had an opportunity to ask him questions – and quiz him they did: testing his knowledge of Doctor Who and tapping into his expertise as a writer. Many were fascinated by the process of getting a book to print and, over the course of the day, they interrogated him relentlessly about book deals, publishers and money.
In the afternoon, Daniel led two writing workshops for pupils, giving one group an insight into the formation of convincing characters and the other a lesson in how to create an engaging opening – sharing with them top tips for success, including the importance of a focused perspective. Samples of the pupils’ work will soon be showcased on our English blog: huntemf.wordpress.com/
Our Year 7 were an impeccable audience in the morning and the pupils chosen for the workshops demonstrated their skills as writers superbly. All were a real credit to the school.
Our Doctor Who novels in the library have since leapt of the shelves, surely proving that Daniel Blythe that day succeeded in inspiring a generation of readers who have an eye to becoming writers themselves.