Children’s book author Zoe Antoniades shared some of her top story writing tips with students at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate.
During her visit, Zoe encouraged students to explore their writing skills and build a new adventure using her story writing process.
Working with 3rd and 4th grade classes, the writer explained how she worked on a range of ideas, developing them around characters and situations to produce the books that have won over young fans across the country.
Zoe’s most recent book is the latest adventure about a girl and her twin brother who have ADHD. They always seem to be in double trouble. In Cally and Jimmy – Twintastic, the pair are up to do more harm and their double trouble puts them in all kinds of scratches – luckily their Greek grandmother is usually available to help or add to the chaos.
During an assembly session with the two age groups, Zoe discussed her writing methods and also read excerpts from some of her books to illustrate her best advice. This was followed by workshops with 4th grade classes.
And with her stories of having twins at the center of their plots, Zoe was thrilled to meet pairs of twins from Chilton’s 3rd and 4th grade groups.
School principal Kate Law said, “Zoe was so endearing and the kids found her and her stories so relatable. After school she also did a book signing which was very well received.
“Her visit was clearly an inspiration to our students and they loved learning firsthand from an author what kind of process she goes through to weave her stories onto the page.
“Literacy is the cornerstone of learning and engaging with an author like Zoe adds yet another dimension to their education – and it was also a lot of fun to be with her. “
The tour was organized through the Margate Bookie Literature Festival and Moon Lane Bookstore in Ramsgate – although the 2021 festival was postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic, it was still possible to organize events from author in schools.
About Zoé Antoniades: Born in West London to Greek Cypriot parents, she graduated from Hull University in English and Drama and trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education.
She has taught math, English and the arts and has worked on a wide range of creative projects in partnership with the Southbank Center, the Royal Albert Hall, the Young Vic and the Polka Theater.
Zoe also writes in collaboration with young people and has published four short stories anthologies. Her memoir, Tea and Baklavas, won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize.
Cally and Jimmy – Twintastic is illustrated by Katie Kear and is published by Andersen Press, ISBN: 9781839130168