Zoë Bolton biography
Zoë Bolton is an experienced secondary school English teacher specialising in Creative Writing.
In 2009, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at UEA, where she received the Malcolm
Bradbury Memorial Bursary, and worked on a collection of short stories set on the remote island
of Okinoerabu in Japan. Zoë has facilitated creative writing workshops for a wide range of groups
including Inkhead, several schools and the mental health charity, MIND. She has recently moved
to Brighton and is excited about the opportunity to teach creative writing here amongst the sea
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Creative Writing section of the English Language GCSE exam
CRIME WRITING COURSE
Our crime-writing course sets up a crime, which the group will have to solve themselves. There are three suspects, each with a motive. Using examples from Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and others, we show the group how the experts built up suspense, created memorable detective characters, planted red herrings and clues through their prose, and left the big reveal to the end. The group will come out of the course with their own crime story, which we will help them write over two days.
Suitable for ages 9 +
"Well, I am not altogether sure how Zoe did it (am thinking witchcraft or somesuch) but Tom and Arch have had a ball this week and just loved Inkhead. Archie has really struggled with writing and I could almost weep at him coming home so enthused! Not sure whether it's a threat or a promise, but he told Zoe this morning that he'll be back in the summer. Anyway, thank you both for all the hard work. I really appreciate it.", London
“The first thing my daughter said to me when I picked her up was ‘please can I come back in the summer?’ I think this speaks for itself. Not only did she enjoy the workshop but she left having learned new skills and new vocabulary, gained confidence in her writing, found the teacher very nice and interesting, made new friends and had a thoroughly enjoyable morning! No doubt she will be back!”, Estelle (Brighton).