School Visits & Speaking


Here you can find out all about my events offer and how to book me for public appearances and school visits. For my latest events listing please click here where you’ll find details of upcoming sessions at libraries, bookshops, festivals and other public appearances.

Marie is such an outstanding writer and practitioner who is passionate about sharing her creativity with pupils of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including those who have EAL and SEN. Feedback from teachers and pupils has been overwhelmingly positive and is a testimony to Marie’s ability to engage and inspire the next generation of creative writers.
Claudia Conerney, Schools Liaison Coordinator, MMU.


An Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Met University and an Outreach Tutor for The Portico Library, I offer a variety of events for children KS2 to KS5 and adults at all stages of their writing careers. Please use the contact form or e-mail riewriting@gmail.com to discuss further.

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BE MORE BMX!

With the publication of Princess BMX, I’m encouraging readers and writers – young and old – to achieve their ambitions through developing an extreme sporting mindset. My latest event offer including a fun, interactive presentation which encourages everyone to defy the limits others have set for them and Be More BMX!

School Visits and Younger Audiences

Why Choose Me For Your School Visit?

Loved by BookTrust and recommended by the Gender Collective, Princess BMX is not only fun but offers a range of educational opportunities – see the Reading Guide for further information. Couple this with my extensive experience of school visits, delivering writing workshops and participating in other book related activities and you are assured a quality event that will engage and inspire your pupils.

An adaptable and professional learning practitioner, with an MA in Creative Writing, I have been commissioned to develop a wide range of schools outreach and enrichment work for organisations including Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), the Portico Library, Connell Sixth Form College and Marsden Library. So you can be assured, your event is in safe hands.

Contact me to discuss your needs or choose from one of the tried and tested workshops I have developed. You’ll find some examples below:

BE MORE BMX – Core Presentation – 45 minute Assembly Plus Q and A and Opportunity for Book Signing

With their resilience, determination and a culture of mutual support, there is a lot we can learn from BMXers. With reference to my own childhood and the limitations others attempted to place on me because of my background , I explore why I wrote a book about BMX and how adopting an extreme sports mindset can help us achieve our ambitions and defy expectations.

Despite the serious subject matter, this is a fun, interactive presentation that can be tailored for different audiences. Expect flying teabags, jaw dropping BMX video clips and lots of laughs.

Themes: challenging stereotypes, resilience, developing confidence and self belief.


Listed in GEC Best Books 2019 – a round up of the absolute best books out there for mashing Stereotypes.


It was the ideal balance of learning activities and confidence building. The pupils felt that spending the morning with you had been a ‘treat’. It was a welcome change from the usual classroom setting and helped the disadvantaged cohort develop their literacy skills. To the pupils, it felt like special treatment, in the most positive sense.

Jane Hesketh, Audenshaw School – Commenting on my crime writing workshop for Year 7s

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World Book Day 2017 – Crime Writing Workshop with Manchester Academy, Year 9

KS2 Creative Writing Workshop – Princess BMX Character Mash – 45 minutes plus.

Princess BMX is all about challenging expectations. This is true of the supporting characters too: a masculine fairy godfather who loves nothing better than his wife’s home cooked squirrel; a tiny, cantankerous unicorn with bucked teeth; and a dragon who breathes sherbet rather than fire, are just some of the ways the author mixes things up.

With reference to Princess BMX, and using a Top Trumps style format, children will create their own unique characters. After illustrating their character, they’ll highlight their unique traits and qualities and give them a problem – the key feature of any character-driven story. Can be adapted into a workshop style event also covering plot and story development.

Adults and Young Adults

Man Met Saturday Writing and Talking Club London visit.

Since graduating from Manchester Writing School,  I have worked at MMU as an Associate Lecturer, teaching BA English and Creative Writing students, Foundation Year and both writers and teachers attending the Teaching Creative Writing professional development module. As ARA Networks at the SCBWI British Isles, I commission and deliver development support for writers and illustrators at all stages of their careers.

Marie is such an asset to SCBWI – cheerful, hard working, diligent, fun and super bright – she brings so much more than her amazing organisational skills. We’d truly be lost without her!

Kathryn Evans, Author and Co-RA SCBWI-British Isles

In 2017, working under the direction of the Director Manchester Children’s Book Festival, I set up and managed MMUs first ever Writing and Talking Saturday Club, an enrichment programme for young writers aged 13-16.

Teaching at University level, I’ve experience of supporting writers with all elements of craft and I am happy to tailor an event to your needs. I also have range of unique workshops ready to deliver. These include:

  • Always show the reader what the kids are having to eat – a recap on some writing for children fundamentals. We’ll take time out to stop and ask are we writing a marketable book that meets reader and industry expectations: covering key elements of craft, book categories and child developmental stages, and demystifying the term high concept.
  • It’s my fictional world and I’ll cry if I want to! – world building and setting without the tears. Well, with less tears.
  • What Captain America taught me about voice – stand out characters and snazzy dialogue. Perfecting voice and dialogue with reference to the Marvel Avengers and Myers Briggs personality types – no advanced Avengers knowledge required!
  • So you think you’ve finished your novel – a redrafting and editing know how covering some of the key considerations when getting your novel submission ready.

Conferences, Bookshops and Festivals

I have also chaired or participated in a range of literary events and conferences, including the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, Chorlton Book Festival and Salford University’s YA Festival. The workshops listed in the section above can be adapted for a range of settings and the assembly presentation also makes an excellent festival event. I also offer an alternative version which has a greater emphasis on my writing journey, explores the similarities between the writing and extreme sporting mindset and offers tips for developing resilience and staying the course.

Just when I thought she’d shown us everything, this year Marie took to the MCBF performance space at the Bigger Book Bash and engaged children in stories of Princess BMX, complete with party games, flying tea bags, bouncing eyeballs and unicorn hobby horses.  Completely bonkers but a consummate professional, not a bad mix in my book. 

Kaye Tew Director of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Sample Craft Workshop – Bookshops, Libraries and Festivals

If you require a less formal, event I offer a number of fun activities and games that celebrate the diverse characters in Princess BMX, including designing an outfit for Jeb the puppy, the Princess Expectations Memory Game and the Aunt Maude’s Eyeball versus Tyson Target Challenge.

A favourite activity is making a bobble hat for Tyson the tea bag, one of the upside-down fairy tale characters from Princess BMX. Combined with a reading and Q and A this makes a great bookshop or library event.

Make a Booking and Fees

An experienced learning practitioner with extensive experience of facilitation and personal development, I would love to talk to you about school visits and events or how I can support your own creative projects. As a former organisational development professional, I bring advanced project management and people skills to any assignment. In addition to the aforementioned MA Creative Writing, I have an MSc Management, Certificate in Coaching and I am an accredited action learning facilitator.

Please use the contact form or e-mail riewriting@gmail.com to discuss dates and fees.

I am currently running a promotion that offers a £100 discount on a full day event reducing the overall cost to just £350 for a full day school visit. A half day is reduced by £50 to £250.*

* Offer not applicable World Book Week. Travel expenses also apply but I will try to keep these to a minimum. Please contact me to discuss.

Further Endorsements

I’ve worked with Marie in a number of ways over the years I’ve known her.  She is always positive and easy to work with and her events are always well organised and lots of fun.  In her role as ARA at SCBWI, we partnered on events and projects aimed at supporting the adult writing community, helping us to broaden our festival offer.  When I was asked to set up the first Manchester Writing & Talking Saturday Club, I knew Marie would be the perfect person to help.  I’d seen her deliver workshops with school groups before and knew she would be the perfect person to inspire our young writers.  The ethos of Saturday Club is about writers at different stages of their careers sharing knowledge and helping each other to develop their craft, Marie did this brilliantly, creating workshops weekly and really relating to the young people who came and kept coming throughout the 12 weeks.  

Just when I thought she’d shown us everything, this year Marie took to the MCBF performance space at the Bigger Book Bash and engaged children in stories of Princess BMX, complete with party games, flying tea bags, bouncing eyeballs and unicorn hobby horses.  Completely bonkers but a consummate professional, not a bad mix in my book. 

Kaye Tew Director of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival