Award Winning Author Visit

5th April 2019 by OSFC. Comments (0)

Award winning Author, Lisa Williamson, visited college on Tuesday 2 April. Lisa who is best known for her young adult novels The Art of Being Normal, All About Mia and her newest release Paper Avalanche, came to talk to OSFC students about her writing career. Lisa gave the students a detailed insight into her journey into writing, discussing her influences along the way and reading passages from her work. Lisa’s words were very encouraging and motivational for the students, reassuring them to never give up and to always follow their dreams. This session finished with a question and answer opportunity for the students. Year 12 student, Alisha, really enjoyed the talk:

“Lisa’s talk was really insightful and I found her very relatable. She talked a lot about what it was like being a teenager. When we asked her questions at the end, you could tell she really cared about what you had to say and took time to answer you. She’s obviously really enthusiastic about getting young people writing.”

During her visit to The Know, Lisa also delivered 3 smaller workshops throughout the day aimed at OSFCs aspiring authors. These workshops covered how to find inspiration to begin writing, incorporating objects and props to aid the students to come up with a creative short story of their own.  Similarly to her talk, the students found the workshops very inspirational. Megan, a Year 12 student said:

“Lisa’s workshop was really good fun! It’s so great to get the opportunity to do creative writing and Lisa gave really good comments and feedback. She was open and non-judgemental about our writing and was genuinely interested.”

Lisa enjoys regularly visiting schools and sixth form colleges and she found the day to be just as rewarding as our students:

“I was really impressed by the standard of creative writing and the level of student engagement throughout the day. I loved the vibrant atmosphere at OSFC and thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

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