Local author inspires students with workshop
Tue, 31 January 2017
Matthew Dryzmala, a local author, visited Tameside College to inspire GCSE English students with his author workshop.
Students were split into teams of four and shown techniques to develop storylines, hook the reader and build tension in a story. Students were set a challenge to write a story about a photograph which showed a burning spaceman walking through New York and then present their ideas to the group.
Matthew, who is originally from north Manchester, has written a range of books and short stories including The Bumpkinton Tales which won the BookHIppo award in 2013. As well as writing books and stories, Matthew also travels the country visiting colleges and schools to deliver his workshops.
Matthew, said: “I always enjoy delivering workshops to students because you can see them opening their minds over time and then eventually coming up with an amazing story. The students seemed to really enjoy it and they had some great ideas. Thank you to the college for allowing me to visit.”
Nicola Welland, Assistant Principal for Maths and English, said: “Matthew gave a great workshop and has helped the students develop their skills ready for their exams. Visits from authors and industry experts are a key part of learning at the college and you can visibly see the benefits it has.”