Writing For Children

Workshop with Dave Cryer

10am – 11:30am @ Ashburner House, Dowdales School, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA15 8AH :: Ticketed event £5

Are you a budding JK Rowling, Roald Dahl or David Walliams? Do you have a head buzzing with ideas for amazing children’s’ stories?

Then this fab workshop may be just for you!

The event will be led by Dave Cryer who now works for the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and is writer in residence at several schools.

Having taught English and Drama for sixteen years, Dave worked freelance for twelve years, promoting reading and writing for pleasure, delivering fiction, drama and creative writing workshops across the UK in primary and secondary schools.

He is now the Learning & Participation Manager for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, delivering workshops in Cumbria’s schools whilst running five weekly sessions at the theatre – storytelling for the Under Fives, three sections of the Young Company and the all new Elders Company. He wrote, produced and directed Forest of Dreams for the TBTL Studio and is currently working on The Hidden Key, which will be premiered at TBTL in February 2018 – an intergenerational devised response to The Secret Garden, TBTL’s Christmas show.

He uses his workshops to inspire people of all ages to engage with Theatre by the Lake’s programme of shows, literature in general and the art of writing. Readers are invited to expand their fiction horizons and are left buzzing with enthusiasm for the books they would like to read next. Writers are encouraged to create characters and plots, rhythm and rhyme or sparkling dialogue. Wherever possible, Theatre by the Lake workshops are offered free of charge.

He was a founder member of the thriving The Doncaster Book Award and has worked on many other book awards across the UK, including The Northern Ireland Book Award and Dorset’s New Horizons Book Award. Dave is currently Patron of Reading at Ripon Grammar School and formerly of Titus Salt School, Bradford. He is also Writer in Residence at Fernhill School in Hampshire and regularly pops up in various parts of the UK promoting books and writing, most recently in Great Baddow for the launch of this year’s Essex Book Award.


Ashburner House is wheelchair accessible, but there might be a problem with wider chairs – please contact us in advance to discuss your requirements – shaun@daltonlitfest.org or 07743 822114

There is disabled parking near venues but if you need assistance phone Shaun on 07743 822114 to arrange a volunteer to meet you to help out.