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School/Kindy Visits

School Visits/Creative Writing Workshops

I absolutely love to visit schools, kindergartens and day care centres, attend writer’s festivals and conduct workshops to encourage a love of creative writing, thinking and reading and to help motivate others to think big and to achieve their dreams.

There are lots of things that I can do when I visit.  I am pretty flexible so please let me know what you have in mind.  Here are some suggestions below.

Story time sessions

These are most suited to the kindergarten/prep/year 1 age group. A story time session includes me reading one of my children’s stories, some rhyming, counting, acting, singing and lots of interactive fun. The sessions go for around 25 to 30 minutes and are best suited to groups of around 15 to 25 children.


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Author Talk

These are most suited to primary grade 3 upwards, secondary and adults however I have delivered talks to all grades at different times. During the author talk I tell my story about how I went from being a rodeo clown and real estate agent to becoming an author. I bring in lots of different bits and pieces such as my first draft for my first children’s story, illustration sketches, original illustrations, print proofs etc., which the children love to look at. I have delivered author talks to groups as small as 10, right up to 500+ individuals. 


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  I loved getting the opportunity to write stories with an actual author and discovering things to make my writing better.  

Emerson age 10

  I liked how I learned to make my stories more entertaining in various ways and how to know which details to put in my stories.  

Laura Age 10

  I liked how I learned to make my stories more entertaining in various ways and how to know which details to put in my stories.  

Laura Age 10

  Well I got to learn new things and I love getting feedback so that I can improve.  

Charlie Age 9

  Ian was very inspiring. If it wasn’t for him we would never have written “Fudgie Budgie and Wanted Pets.”  Overall I had a great, amazing day of story writing and balloon bending.

 Kye, Year 5

  Ian was an amazing instructor.  He helped us improve our writing and it even ended up with us writing a book! Thanks mate!

  Billy, Year 5

Creative writing workshops

These sessions are great for primary grade 3 upwards, secondary and adults. I have a number of workshops that go for around 30 minutes to 2 hours. During the sessions I introduce students to techniques I use to think and write more creatively. I have hosted these workshops at a number of schools and public libraries.


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Poetry workshops

Whether writing or reciting, I will make sure it’s exciting. These sessions are great for primary grade 3 upwards secondary and adults.  I have a number of workshops that go for around 30 minutes to 2 hours.  During the sessions I introduce students to techniques I use to bring poetry to life.  The workshops work best for groups of around 15 to 30 students at a time. Depending on certain factors I can deliver workshops to larger or smaller groups as well. 


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  My class attended the session you did with the other authors at St Francis for the Readers and Writers Festival. They were so inspired and enthusiastic for writing afterwards, it was fantastic! 

  Year 6 Teacher

  Had Macca do an authors day at school! Students have re-engaged with their love of
writing!  

  School Principal

  Hi Ian, Thank you for bringing such a great element to our program. Everyone loved your sessions. We are looking forward to working with you again soon.   

  Townsville Library

  Hermit Park State School students were fortunate enough to take part in lunch time writing workshops run by inspiring local author, Ian McIntosh.  Ian ran several 45 minute workshops across term 3 where both advanced and reluctant writers, were motivated, engaged and inspired to write with support and excellent resources provided by Ian.  A very popular activity was writing about a ‘Not so stereotypical Pirate’, encouraging the students to explore imaginative and creative alternatives to the norm in their writing. Some wonderful work was produced during the term, with one of the students winning a writing competition sponsored by Ian, as part of his Junior Writers’ workshops.  With our school focus on writing, we will be looking at further opportunities for Ian to work with our students during 2017.   

  Teacher

Story telling workshops

These are great for primary  grade 3 upwards, secondary and adults. The workshops are designed to inspire creativity and introduce children to making up and telling a story on the spot. They are lots of fun and very interactive.  The workshops go for around 30  minutes to 2 hours and work best for groups of around 15 to 30 students at a time. Depending on certain factors I can deliver workshops to larger or smaller groups as well.


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