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Heather Butler - award-winning writer and teacher

Heather Butler - award-winning writer and teacher
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I've run whole school story writing workshops for over 15 years in the UK, Europe and America.

At the beginning of the day I make up interactive stories with large numbers of children (like whole key stages) using children's ideas and dropping in 'top tips' as I go. I then talk about the writing process to classes/year groups for the rest of the day.

I've taught in nurseries right through to Year 6 and am still attached to a school part-time. I'm passionate about helping children write better creative stories and on school visits switch between being a teacher as well as a writer.

I've completed writer-in-residences with Creative Partnerships and written resource material for teachers such as Literacy in Action (24 literacy lessons based on football), Classroom Literacy Games and Helping Children Think About Bereavement, all published by Routledge.

In 2015 the UK Literacy Association gave my children’s novel, Us Minus Mum, published by Little, Brown, an award which was very exciting. Us Minus Mum was also long listed for the Carnegie Medal and short listed for several other awards.

The Milkshake Detectives was published by Little, Brown in 2015.

I love visiting schools and am frequently asked to return, often to lead INSET.

Check out more about my writing days and INSET at


‘An excellent session, particularly appreciated by less able Year Six boys. Loads of ideas. Many thanks.’ Kingsfield Primary, Chatteris, Cambs.

‘It was a pleasure to see the children respond with so much enthusiasm, interest and animated conversation to the stimulus you provided. The range of work produced in response was incredible. You left us inspired and we can’t wait for when you visit us again next year.’ Galley Hill Primary & Nursery, Hemel Hempstead

‘We were very impressed with now you kept the attention of all year groups from reception to Year 6. But you did and it was great. Where did you get that bird!!?’ Little Spring Primary, Chesham, Bucks

‘Can’t believe how much writing my Year 2 class has done. Wonderful props, lovely interaction with them and they have been so enthusiastic about everything.’ Bigland Green, Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, London

‘A wonderful way to meet a writer. Being a teacher as well, you knew how to handle my class. The work they did was just brilliant. Look forward to seeing you next year.’ Manor Farm Community School, Hazlemere, Bucks

Locations: England; Northern Ireland; Wales;
Telephone Number: 07811351421
Postcode: HP6 6AL
Images: 59-d0f2247153.jpg
Ages (Keystages): Ages 5-7 (KS1),  Ages 7-11 (KS2),  Ages 11-13 (KS3)
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