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Former pilot Mark has write stuff for Oakbank School
1:24pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Keighley
A former Royal Air Force pilot who embarked on a radical career change has used his own example to inspire school pupils in Keighley.
Fantasy fiction author Mark Robson visited Oakbank School, where he talked about his life experiences, staged writing workshops and signed copies of his books.
He brought along with him a number of Neo2 devices. These are mini word processors which are designed to aid the writing process. Mr Robson also uses them to demonstrate to pupils how passages of writing can be edited for maximum literary and imaginative effect.
Oakbank information manager Karen King said: “It was an excellent day. Mark spoke to the students about his background in the RAF and about how he ended up becoming an author.
“He stressed the theme of resilience, and told them that if they want something badly they should stick at it, no matter how many times they get knocked back.
“He held a writing workshop for year eight students using the Neos, and explored how it is possible to begin a story and where you can get ideas from.
“The Neos are very good at focusing attention purely on the writing, because you can’t use them to go online or send e-mails.”
Mr Robson is pictured above showing Oakbank School students Kaci Bennett, Jade Jeffrey and Adam Laycock his new book.