Creative Workshops for children…

Award winning presenter and children’s author, Anthony Garvey will run a creative writing workshop for children between 7-12 years of age at five primary schools in ​Leinster in 2017.

The aim of the workshop is to build confidence in the children’s writing abilities, develop their creativity, improve literacy and have fun along the way. The children will be encouraged to put together an original, imaginative one-page story based on the tips and advice they receive during the workshop.
Creative writing workshops for children
Children at Desert Serges National School in Enniskeane in Cork with Anthony.

The workshop will be delivered in two parts:

The first part of the workshop will run in June 2017 and costs €5 per child. Dates available are:

  • Monday, 12th June;
  • Tuesday, 13th June;
  • Wednesday, 14th June;
  • Thursday, 15th June and;
  • Friday, 16th June.

Anthony can easily deliver three separate sessions to different classes or years in a single day. He will ​begin at the start of the school day and leave when you finish. Sessions typically hold between 20 to 50 children. There is a minimum requirement of ​60 children per school per day (20 children minimum per class)​.

During the first workshop, which will last for 80 minutes (2 classes in length), the children will learn how to:

  • Write an opening that builds tension and creates mystery
  • Create and develop a successful main character
  • Construct an atmospheric setting for their story
  • Use powerful and appropriate vocabulary
  • Include sight, sound, touch, taste and smell when writing

Anthony will also read from his first three children’s books and use examples from his own work to help the children write with their heart as well as their heads.

And Anthony will tell the children about his amazing competition!!
One child in ​Ireland will become the main character in his next book.
​The winner will also get the chance to read the final drafts of the upcoming books before anyone else and contribute to their development.
​They will also learn how an author puts together a book from start to finish and assist in the promotion of the book through the media if they wish.

Enter the competition at and a child ​at your school could win this terrific prize!

​“The pupils were ‘wowed’ by the presentation which set the stage for
a productive discussion on its essential parts. The experience and knowledge
of the presenter was evident and he built a great rapport with the pupils”

Robert Kennedy, 6th Class Teacher, Scoil Eoin, Balloonagh, Tralee

The second part of the workshop will run in the second week of October and costs €5 per child. Dates available are:

  • Monday, 9th October;
  • Tuesday, 10th October;
  • Wednesday, 11th October;
  • Thursday, 12th October and;
  • Friday, 13th October.

During this workshop, which also run​s for 80 minutes, the children will learn:

  • The secret to writing strong dialogue and producing a gripping plot
  • The importance of building the pace of the story to keep the reader hooked
  • Why they should observe the small details and use the power of memory
  • How to write a compelling ending to their story
  • The importance of reading to improve writing

Anthony will also read from his new book Gravespeakers: Jack which will be launched in September 2017 and will share exclusive content from his fifth book currently under development and due to be published in January 2018.

Wonderful morning. We had a visit from Anthony Garvey award winning speaker and presenter. What an inspirational presentation for the children. Dolores Johnston, Principal, Douglas NS Killorglin


The children are encouraged to send Anthony their completed short stories. Anthony will offer written words of encouragement to every child who sends him a story.


School book readings
Anthony at Presentation Primary School, Tralee

If you are interested and would like me to come to your school, please get in touch:

Call Anthony on 087 79 79 2 79 to book a time and date and he will answer any questions you may have or email him at:​
Earlier this year 15 schools in Munster booked creative writing workshops with Anthony in just three days, so the demand for just 5 days in ​Leinster will be significant. Do call now!
About Anthony Garvey:

Anthony has delivered workshops and performed book readings in over 40 primary schools in Munster. Anthony has written four children’s books and he is working on four more books which will be published in 2017 and 2018. Although he lives and works in Tralee in Kerry, Anthony is originally from Drumcondra in Dublin.


The Gravespeakers Series: ( (Suitable for Ages 7-12)

Six children discover they have a special gift on their 12th birthday – they can communicate with the dead!

I will bring copies of the Gravespeakers books to the school and if the children wish to buy them, I will sign their copies for them. Each book costs €10, but as a special offer, I will leave 25 sets of three Gravespeakers’ books with each school ​on the creative writing course ​in June and if the children wish to buy them, they will cost just €20 instead of €30.

The Dark Green Book of Dreams: (Suitable for Ages 6-9)

“Four children are asked to write a story for a mysterious substitute teacher, but their adventures become real, taking them on an exciting journey through time from Ancient Egypt into the future.” The Dark Green Book of Dreams is available through Amazon (link below) or it can be bought directly from Anthony for €8.

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Gravespeakers: Maria

The daughter of an undertaker, Maria sees dead people in her dreams. She discovers if she makes three wishes of the dead come true in 30 days, she will become one of just six children worldwide who can continue to communicate with those on ‘the other side’ until her 18th birthday. The book was launched at Listowel Writers’ Week.

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Gravespeakers: Ruth

The story of Ruth McCarthy, a police sergeant’s daughter from Ballybunion in Kerry. Ruth must find out who killed her brother Johnny in a hit-and-run accident in 30 days to become one of ‘the six’.

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Gravespeakers: Crispin

The story of Crispin, a strong-minded 12-year-old who lives with his granny in a small cottage in Dingle, in County Kerry in Ireland. He must rescue his parents from Valentia Island in just thirty days. It all comes as a shock to Crispin who believed his parents had died in a plane crash when he was only 4.

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My visit to An Clochan National school and on there are further videos of book readings, book launches and news stories promoting the books throughout Munster.

If you would like to book a time and date or if you have any questions, feel free to give me a call (087 7979279) or send me through an email.

Very best wishes