Being selected for the project has made the students realise that staff see, and value, their academic potential and strong personalities. Also, the students were unaware how much they could achieve when working independently, as their timetable is highly structured and supported. They surprised themselves-A teacher in Stoke
We are interested in young people who need something different. They might be gifted and talented students who aren’t being stretched, they might be writers who are having trouble with how education is structured. We’ve worked with writers from Dunfermline to Nigeria to Amsterdam to Tokyo, from ages 10 to adult, and from top-tier university to category B prison.
Using the TooManyCooks process, we bring out the writing skills of our authors using a combination of structured planning and peer-lead review to produce jaw-dropping long form prose. In practical terms that means we turn up on Monday morning, take ten students out of lessons for a week, and lead them through a set of exercises and activities until on Friday afternoon we gather around and click ‘publish’ on Amazon’s author platform. In that week, we see our writers grow more than we ever expect.
We’re a charity project, so you pay what it costs us to run. For a single camp that works out at £1,400, which is mostly staff time. Please see here for a full breakdown of costs.
It was difficult selecting the students because of [NCOP]. So there were some where I thought oh God how they going to managed? Because maybe writing isn’t their strong point but actually to see it all come together, how they worked and how they became so dedicated to the book, didn’t they? They just wanted it to be a success and they really genuinely cared about how successful it was. So I think from that I was like ‘oh wow, I wish you cared this much about MacBeth’.Member of staff at a multi-academy trust
As a teacher, you know lots of students who might really benefit from this, but you have probably also seen lots of external groups over-promise and under-deliver. That’s actually our big problem as an organisation - nobody believes what we do is real until they see it. We have lots of wonderful repeat customers, and we adore going back to the same schools year after year, but we would like to reach more and more writers.
All you have to do to get one, or enquire more generally, is click the box below to Contact Us and let us know what school to send it to.