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Visit from novelist Dawn Peers

Dawn Peers delivers Sixth Form Writing Workshops

To celebrate world book day, Rugby High School hosted a visit from novelist Dawn Peers. Olga Dermott-Bond the Head of English, commented, "It is a great honour to have Dawn here today. She was a student at the school, and the students have really enjoyed hearing about her journey from Rugby High School student to published author."

Dawn, who writes fantasy and horror novels, enthralled the girls with her writing process - and how she started writing her first novel at the age of 12, while a student at the school. She has published nine novels and is due to publish six more this year.

Throughout the day students from all Year groups had the chance to take part in creative writing workshops and take part in a Q and A. Sixth Form students took part in a seminar, where they had a chance to create a plot for a fantasy novel, as well as create a high concept pitch for a publisher.

With the English Department, Dawn also launched the inaugural Dawn Peers award for prose writing. The theme is "undiscovered worlds." The winners will be announced on National Writing Day.

Dawn said, "I have really enjoyed the whole experience. The students have been so receptive and I wanted to give something back to the school that helped me so much."