Several authors, illustrators etc. are running online workshops, creating free content and/or competitions at the moment .
Free Author Content and Workshops
- The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary 2021 – MoLI is offering a five-day, immersive, blended learning programme to 15 lucky students around Ireland. The closing date for applications is 10pm on 29 March 2021.
- Draw With Don – the legendary Don Conroy has a new YouTube channel!
- Kids mindfulness classes from Bressie – on Instagram Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s at 5pm, they will be saved on his Facebook page
- Harry Potter at Home – new content from JK Rowling to keep us occupied at home. The first book in the Harry Potter series is now available on Audible for free, and the ebook and audiobook is on our Digital Library app Sora with no waiting lists and in many languages.
- Goodnight with Dolly – Dolly Parton reading bedtime stories on Imagination Library’s Instagram
- RTE Jr and Dave Rudden– A masterclass on writing with one of Ireland’s top authors.
- Children’s autor Sarah Webb is making Creative Bursts
- Alex T. Smith – Sharing Story Starters for creative writing/drawing.
- Alan Nolan – Draw along sessions with hilarious jokes!
- Big Smoke Writing Factory – For online courses in creative writing.
- Picture book artist and author Oliver Jeffers has some fantastic picture books and each evening he is reading his books live and telling the story behind making them on his Instagram
- Mama G Combining Drag, Panto and stories this is a spectacular storytime via Facebook.
- StorylineOnline – actors reading picture books
- Illustrator Rob Biddulph #DRAWWITHROB is posting some draw-along videos that parents could watch with their kids .
- At Home with Kwame Alexander Free writing, reading, and learning resources for students
- Stay at Home With Chris Haughton
- Neil Gaiman Reads The Graveyard Book Watch the latest Neil Gaiman videos and see Neil (and some famous friends!) read The Graveyard Book and Coraline in their entirety.
- Micheal Rosen – School closure resources
- Usborne Books – Loads of apps, activity sheets and competitions.
- Fighting Words– Are asking children to send them their stories.
- More listed here on Book Trust