Over seventy children's books - picture books, early readers and novels - plus one adult novel. Work for Writers' Workshop, do lots of primary school visits, and teach 'writing for children' at De Montfort University.
Winnie the Witch stories (written under the name Laura Owen)
'What's In Store?'
and many more
Pippa Goodhart has contributed most effectively to our first year course on Creative Writing which has so far been taught to single honours English students. Her lectures have outlined and clarified what is required in children's writing and engaged the attention and interest of students. She explained the formal discipline of writing for young children, the demands of the drafting and editing process and the ways in which writing for children was related to the publishing and marketing of chidlren's books. Students were enthralled and enlightened bythe insights she offered. The most recent students were surveyed for an English Subject Centre project and one section of the questionnaire asked which task in creative writing they liked best. The students undertook a creative writing task after Pippa Goodhart's lecture and this was clearly the most popular of all the world done by students on the course; comments from students included "the task that taught me the most"; "I thought it would be very simple, but it is actually quite challenging" and "It makes you aware of the language, your audience - allows you to be critical about your work, not self indulgent". Given the effectiveness and popularity of Pippa Goodhart as a lecturer in Creative Writing and English, we hope that she will continue to contribute to the course at De Montfort University.
Senior Lecturer in English and
Programme Leader for Creative Writing
Faculty of Humanities
De Montfort University
I would have no hesitation at all in recommending Pippa wholeheartedly for any author activities with schools or community groups. Pippa's
name came highly recommended to me last year when I was seeking authors/illustrators for a project consulting children (of very diverse backgrounds, needs and abilities) about books through a series of fun workshops. This was an unusual and challenging activity, but Pippa proved to be adept in working effectively to develop and deliver a
workshop which perfectly matched the needs and interests of the project, the school and - most importantly - the children themselves. She
developed an exceptionally good rapport with the children and staff alike, and the workshop proved to be amongst the most successful and popular of the project. Pippa is a highly personable, professional and motivating writer whom I believe could engage and enthuse any group of children.
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