Welcome to Ian MacDonald's Author in Schools website!

Writer in Residence

A children’s author with more than twenty years’ teaching experience, Ian provides a residency programme
guaranteed to make a real impact with writing in your school… especially for boys!

raising boys’ attainment, meeting writing targets, fiction and non-fiction writing, classroom publishing

The Story Project – Fiction

Using one of his own stories as a starting point, Ian shows children how to plan, write and refine a complete chapter story, each with its own guided writing focus.

Story themes from:

  • aliens and space
  • chiller thriller
  • magic and mystery
  • dinosaurs


Non-Fiction Writing

Using one of his own stories as a starting point Ian guides children in writing a range of non-fiction text types, including

  • diaries
  • letter writing
  • non-chronological report
  • newspaper front page

Ian uses excerpts from his stories, images and drama techniques to bring non-fiction writing to life in the classroom.