1-hour workshop recommended for Yrs 2 – 6
The original and still the… original, Story Stew® is my delicious recipe that will help you to write any story about anything. That’s right – ANYTHING AT ALL!!
Using a basic story structure that will help children to construct a story while letting their imaginations run wild, Story Stew is a simple, effective and fun story writing aid that has helped tens of thousands of children (and their adults) discover the joy of telling a tale.
1-hour workshop, recommended for Yrs 3 – 6
Inspired by the anarchic world of Who Let the Gods Out?, Maz will help you to use classical mythology to write your very own myths.
Creating their own Herculean heroes, menacing monsters and glorious Gods, the children will use tales of yore – with their own modern twist – to create stories that are the stuff of legend.
Creative writing is my passion and when I’m not writing my own work, I love nothing more than inspiring imagination in other people. I have travelled all over the country, helping tens of thousands of people to write – and not one of them has been unable to produce a story in my classes.
I offer THREE WACKY WORKSHOPS to cater for all my creative customers. Different workshops can be combined within the same school day, with as many children as space and staffing will allow. But please note that I can only run a maximum of four workshops in a school day.
If you would like to book a school visit, please send me a message via the contact page.
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45-minute workshop, recommended for Yrs R – 2
Rosie’s always getting into trouble – she’s such a Nosey Parker! But Maz’s heroine will help little people to use their imaginations to draw (or write) what Nosey Rosie might find on her adventures.
A gentle introduction to creative writing that will encourage little minds to have big ideas.
Maz visited the school to do an assembly and managed to enthuse and captivate an audience from year 4 to year 8. Her passion for writing is totally infectious she empowered the children to believe that they too could fulfil their dreams if they kept trying and never gave up. The presentation was highly interactive and entertaining that the children found totally irresistible. We've had the most amazing feedback from SLT, children and parents, one child even ran all the way home and back again just so he could buy a book signed by Maz. I would highly recommend Maz to any school looking to encourage reading for pleasure, we have a school full of children with noses in books thanks to this inspiring visit.
Whitchurch Primary, Nov 2017
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for today. We all loved your visit, we found it hilarious, engaging and inspiring- the children have been badgering us to write their stories.
Kingsclere Primary, Nov 2017
Absolutely fantastic day today. Our Year5 and 6 children met the actual author of 'Who let the Gods Out' and experienced the best story writing workshops I have seen. The only problem was trying to say goodbye at the end of the day, with several budding future authors clinging to her coat-tails, desperate to tell her their future career plans! Thanks for a wonderful day.
Bronte House School, Sept 2017
Maz was, with no exaggeration, Simply The Best. She had the kids hook, line and sinker with her engaging and active presentations about reading and writing stories. The children all left the sessions inspired to read and write and haven’t stopped talking about it since. It will be a memory they carry for the rest of their lives. To sum it up: MEGA BOSH.
St Silas Primary, Toxteth
As soon as Maz entered our school there was a buzz about the place and her captivating whole school assembly had children and teachers hooked from the start. The range of entertaining and engaging workshops from throughout the day had our children and teachers inspired, and imaginations were running wild as the story writing began. Please come back soon.
New Park Primary, Liverpool
... Wow, what an amazing day we had with Maz and that's just the teachers! Her fun filled creative writing workshops, got our children enthusiastic to write and taught them all that we all have amazing imaginations, we just need to open them!
After launching our book week with a whole school assembly, she captivated every child in the room and inspired them to write in year group workshops. Little did they know that thy were learning story writing techniques that will stay with them forever. The stories they produced following her workshops are amazing. We wish we could have her everyday!
Alma Park Primary, Manchester
Thank you so much - we had the most amazing time and I know that the children were definitely inspired by the work you did with them. Your passion and obvious enjoyment of what you do enthused all of us (children and staff) and we really can't thank you enough - it was just what we needed!!
St George’s VA Primary School, Weston Super Mare
Mary - what can I say? In all honesty I had the best day I've had in teaching... Brilliant."
Hampton Court House School
Mary Evans has been a great addition to our curriculum and enrichment activities at Meadlands Primary School. Initially, Mary worked with staff on an INSET day and introduced us to her story stew plan which the children have loved. Even though we were asked to come up with 6 different uses for a lightbulb on the spot, we did invite her back! We held a reading week to coincide with World Book Day. Mary came and led a fantastic assembly to launch the week then led workshops in every class. Following on from this success, under Mary’s energetic but very astute planning, we held two family workshops for lower and upper key stage 2. Mary is a delight to work with and is flexible, enthusiastic and loved by our children!"
Meadlands Primary School
"Mary Evans certainly knows how to stir a room of children up with her ‘Story Stew’. The atmosphere in school during Mary’s visit was electric! Mary has quite honestly sparked the imagination of every single child who witnessed her energetic performance. She whips the children up into a frenzy of excitement and inspires them to write.
"Mary’s ‘Story Stew’ is teaching at its best – the children had no idea that they were learning about story structures and writing techniques but the stories I have read would illustrate outstanding learning. I’m sure Mary’s visit to school will be the highlight of the year for most of the children. We look forward to welcoming Mary back with her story magic next year! Many thanks Mary from all at Sheen Mount."
Ciaran Beatty, Literacy Co-ordinator, Sheen Mount Primary School
"Mary introduced Story Stew during a whole school assembly that completely captivated the audience of 4-11 year olds. They were really inspired by the idea that a story really can be about anything, with the only limit being their imaginations.
"The Story Stew rhyme gave them an easy to remember structure for their stories and enabled them to put their ideas on to paper with greater confidence, knowing that they could be as creative and inventive as they wanted to be."
Laura Wiles, Literacy Co-ordinator, Holy Trinity Primary School, Richmond