ROB KEELEY

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31 July 2020

I'm hoping to run my online Creative Writing course for adults again around September.  This proved very popular during lockdown and is open to anyone in UK aged 18 or over.  Eight weeks on writing novels and short stories at just £10 per week!  To sign up, email me!  

 

28 July 2020

There's a summer sale on my books for children at my publisher Matador Books, with most available for the summer holidays at half price! Explore ghostly houses with Ellie, play football with Liam and Justin or meet Favourite People, with 50% off!

 

Check them out on My Stories and hit the Matador button to visit their bookshop!

 

24 July 2020

Paper Nations has republished the opening of my Stay At Home Literary Festival children's story 'Lockdown', with a piece about me, as part of its project The Great Margin.  Find out what Liam and Justin did in quarantine!

 

https://daretowrite.org/atlas/the-great-margin/stories/view-all-stories/

 

Check out their further happenings in The Alien in the Garage, The (Fairly) Magic Show and The Dinner Club collections (click here...)

 

20 April 2020

I have written a 30-page PDF booklet, Rob Keeley's Story Starters, part-based on the writing prompts I wrote for the Stay At Home Literary Festival and used with their kind permission.  These Story Starters have now been expanded into a fun two-week Creative Writing course for young people, and is suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.

 

This is available to parents, teachers, schools, homeschools and children's libraries (or anyone who wants some fun writing activities) in the UK for just £10!  Email me.

 

10 April 2020

My Stay At Home Literary Festival story for children is now available to view FREE on the Festival website - and it's the first new Liam and Justin story in five years!  Read 'Lockdown' here: https://stayathomelitfest.co.uk/writers-in-residence/7/

 

7 April 2020

Another award for Childish Spirits

Childish Spirits has received another award longlisting, for the WriteMentor Children's Novel Award, and was given an honourable mention too! My thanks to their judges. Read more here.

 

27 March 2020

I have been made Children's Writer in Residence for the Stay-at-Home! online literary festival!  I was already booked to do a Q&A at this, and this will still take place, alongside activities for young readers.  The festival runs from today, 27 March until 11 April, entirely on the Internet!  So, here's what will be happening:

 

• I will be tweeting a writing prompt for children each day during the Festival!  Great for families homeschooling or young people still at school.  Follow me at twitter.com/RobKeeleyAuthor and tweet back with the hashtag #StayAtHomeFest.  If you write something based on these, tweet a picture of it using the hashtag and I'll retweet.

 

• I'll be writing a children's story especially for the Festival website.  More on this soon!  stayathomefest.wordpress.com

 

• I'll be doing my Q&A on Twitter from 3-4pm next Friday, 3 April. Come and join me via the link above and again, use the hashtag #StayAtHomeFest.

 

My thanks to the Festival organisers - it's great to be representing children's literature at such a historic event.  Check back here and on Twitter for more news!

 

20 March 2020

I will be taking part in @StayatHomefest on Friday 3 April, holding a Q&A LIVE on Twitter from 3-4pm.  Tweet to me your questions about me, my books or creative writing!  Look forward to taking part in this brilliant way to beat the lockdown!

 

Programme: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1boaFtHoSvPribH4W_ACcDD_x4VYDXa5RsYioLxVVVw/edit

 

19 March 2020

As you may have seen on Twitter, I've ceased to hold my Creative Writing course for adults at Wallasey Central Library because of the Coronavirus.  However, the course continues online until the planned final date of Friday 27 March and students have been emailed.  

 

I'm now looking at holding workshops online for the next few months - the Creative Writing course for adults again if there's interest (I've had some already, and of course anyone in the UK could now take part!) and also virtual children's author workshops for any young people who are still at school.  Email me to book!  And check out the updated workshops brochure on the Home page.  

 

 

17 January 2020

Creative Writing for adults

 

News on my Creative Writing course for adults, which will run on Friday afternoons from 7 February to 27 March, at 2.30pm in the training room at Wallasey Central Library, 17 Earlston Road, Wallasey CH45 5DX.  Still time to sign up so contact me!

 

 

3 December 2019

Join me for Creative Writing!

 

Calling all Wirral and Liverpool writers!  I'm currently taking names for my new Creative Writing course for adults, which I hope will again be held at Wallasey Central Library in the early part of this year.  This is aimed at aspiring authors of prose fiction (novels and short stories).  If you'd like to sign up, email me.  More news soon!

 

2 December 2019

My Favourite People is back on NetGalley and will be live on the site for reviewers to download until Monday 16 December!  

 

Access it here:

 

https://www.netgalley.co.uk/catalog/book/138893

 

Christmas giveaway 2019!

As this year’s special present for robkeeley.co.uk, I’m running a double giveaway!  One lucky visitor to this site will win FREE downloads of my first Spirits novel Childish Spirits, in both eBook and audiobook form!  (Apple Books and Audible UK or US.)  

 

Three snowmen have been hidden on three separate pages of this site.  To enter, simply find them and tell me which three pages they are on!  You can either email your answer to [email protected] or follow me and retweet this on Twitter before sending me a direct message.  Those under 18 should get an adult to do this for them.  The first person to send me the names of the three pages will have download codes emailed or messaged to them.  No alternative prizes.  Giveaway closes 1 January 2020 and if no one has sent the answers by then, no prize will be awarded.  Good luck!

 

And a Happy Christmas to you all!

 

25 November 2019

I've been featured in my publisher's Winter podcast!  Hear an exclusive interview with me and also an extract from the Childish Spirits audiobook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsmY2fqWpBk&feature=youtu.be

 

8 November 2019

Bookings now being taken for school, library and Creative Writing workshops for the New Year - and some slots still available for this term.  Teachers, librarians, get in touch!  FREE books with every booking.  See free brochure on the Home page.

 

28 October 2019

My Creative Writing course for adults at Wallasey Central Library was a great success and the group worked really well together.  We spent the early weeks looking at key areas of writing such as plot, description, characters and dialogue, and then group members wrote a complete short story each, before bringing them back to the group for feedback.  At the end of the course on Friday (25 October), students who'd completed the whole course received a Certificate in Creative Writing.

 

I'm hoping to run the course again in the New Year so keep an eye on robkeeley.co.uk and my Twitter for details.  

 

Are you looking for an author workshop or Creative Writing session for adults or children?  Get in touch.  See free brochure on the Home page!

 

15 October 2019

Had some feedback from the judges of the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing, for which my play Mr Everyone was longlisted.  Here are some of their comments:

 

The writer of this piece has gone to a lot of trouble to get things right...a very clever set which can easily be adapted

 

I love this play

 

A good script, well written & amusing with a good ending

 

Mr Everyone is a 30-minute comedy and has now been listed for the Alfred Bradley and Kenneth Branagh Awards, as well as having a reading by Liverpool Scriptshop.  It's available for performance so, theatre producers, get in touch!

 

7 October 2019

Whispering Stories has done a follow-up interview with me, two years after I first spoke to them!  Check it out: https://whisperingstories.com/the-next-chapter-with-rob-keeley/?platform=hootsuite

You can also find reviews of all the Spirits novels on their site.

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