Adam’s workshops

“Adam’s INSET sessions are lively, imaginative, practical and insightful.
An outstanding teacher of teachers.”

Pie Corbett – Poet, writer and independent educational consultant

Author visits

I love visiting schools as a writer! I really like to start the day with a half hour performance session to the whole school. A typical first day author visit continues with workshops throughout the school, which I always hope will include active storytelling with children in Foundation. I draw from a very big repertoire of stories and use story maps, objects, pictures and drama, and, being a dyslexic myself, am fully aware of inclusion and special needs issues. The range of sessions I now offer are quite wide and varied so you might like to drop me a line to find out more. In addition to ‘author’ days I also offer training on the storytelling schools methods. A typical day here might involve some of the ‘Hear – Map – Step – Speak’ storytelling skills that support ‘talk for writing’ and form the basis of our storytelling schools project at Please drop me a message here on the site for more details about all the different types of visits I can offer.

INSET training

Often, following an author visit, I will stay on in a school and offer a twilight INSET on a range of storytelling- and writing-related topics. My areas of expertise include:

  • storytelling into creative writing
  • need-to-know plot and character function theory
  • how to deepen our understanding of Story
  • shared writing
  • story innovation
  • invention
With my colleague Dr Chris Smith at Storytelling Schools, I am the co-author of The Storytelling Schools Handbook. For more information on this work, please contact me on






Adam’s INSETs are inspirational, providing us with a wealth of practical ideas for successfully teaching writing to primary age children. He recognises the challenges teachers face, yet made it possible for us to become, and feel like, writing experts. Adam worked closely with us to design INSET that was tailored to the needs of our staff and the context of our school. As a direct result of his work with us, our children have made incredible progress in writing this year. I would highly recommend him to any school that is serious about raising standards in writing.

Tina Farr, Deputy Headteacher, Wood Farm Primary School, Oxford

Having worked with Adam as a teacher, the first thing I did on my appointment as a Headteacher was arrange for him to work with our cluster of schools on storytelling to improve writing. Everybody received him enthusiastically. He allowed us to ‘sit in the children’s shoes’ and experience what learning should be like. He provided lots of ideas, which could be taken straight to the classroom for any age child. He inspired all the staff – teachers and TAs – and helped build their confidence. His work with schools is brilliant fun and motivational. Whenever the word ‘author’ is mentioned in school the children always mention Adam. They really enjoyed the work he did with them and are now confident story-mappers and are developing storytelling skills. Key words: fun, inspiring, motivational.

Christine Killip, Headteacher, Whitwick St John the Baptist, Coalville

Adam effortlessly blends storytelling with audience participation, and draws on his musical talents and knowledge of other languages and cultures to create assemblies that are totally spellbinding. The impact of his work on storytelling, and storymaking with mapping and stepping has had a lasting impact in our school.

Sarah Badstone, Deputy Headteacher, Rounds Green Primary School, Birmingham

Hi Adam, Just to let you know that we have just had an OFSTED under the new framework and that we got an outstanding grade. We are, apparently, the first primary school in the country to get an outstanding under the new (tougher) regime. They highlighted the writing as something we have much improved upon in recent years (thanks, in great part, to you and your ideas). Teachers still use your ideas here, particularly the story stepping and oral storytelling sessions.

David Hawkins, Great Berry Primary School, Essex