Children's author, Melanie Taylor (Mel), created Little Star Writing in 2012 to improve children's writing skills, encourage creativity, and stimulate imaginations. When statistics in 2011 reported that UK literacy rates had fallen behind the rest of Europe, she launched a series of workshops that made writing fun. After years of studying children's hobbies and interests, receiving a degree in Professional & Creative Writing, and passing Proofreading and Copyediting courses with the SfEP and Publishing Training Centre, Mel went onto conduct market research, hold trial workshops, and develop activities, games, group work and challenges that didn't just feel like another hour of literacy.
Above all, with the ever-changing National Curriculum demands, she wanted to tap into children's unlimited imaginations, build their confidence, introduce them to new writing styles and genres, and provide an outlet for sharing ideas without worrying about spelling, grammar, punctuation or handwriting.
After just a year of running workshops, the demand to launch Little Star Writing in more schools and venues proved overwhelming, so Mel devised lesson plans and a training scheme to allow her to hire new tutors and expand the business further...
We like to think of Little Star Writing Tutors as 'strict friends'. As well as being knowledgeable, friendly, passionate, creative and enthusiastic, they really are some of the most hard-working and thoughtful tutors we could ask for. Who else would offer to type student's work up if they don't have a computer, hand out Christmas treats using their own money, or watch students in school plays because they asked them to be there? We have exceedingly high expectations of LSW Tutors, but are constantly blown away by the extra effort they go to to ensure everyone involved gets the best experience possible. If you have some praise or feedback about one of our tutors, we'd love to hear it, or if you'd like to become a tutor yourself, take a look at our vacancies page here.