Authorfy brings readers and writers closer together through exciting author videos, creative resources, downloadable book extracts and more. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, student, librarian, aspiring author or reluctant writer, there’s something for everyone on Authorfy.
What is Authorfy?
Authorfy is an award-winning online platform that improves literacy rates, supports teachers,and boosts reading and writing for pleasure through exciting author videos and creative downloadable resources. Whether you’re a passionate reader, writer, storyteller, teacher, librarian, home-schooler, parent, student or publishing professional, if you enjoy stories, you’ve come to the right place!
How much does it cost to join Authorfy?
An individual Authorfy account costs £30 a year (£2.50 a month), which is inclusive of VAT and includes unlimited access to the thousands of author videos and resources on the website, which are being added to every week.
What can I find on Authorfy?
We are most well-known for our ‘Author Masterclasses’, which are in depth conversations with authors about their books. They each include 10-12 videos, a writing challenge, an excerpt reading, a downloadable extract and a scheme of work. These videos can be watched in any order and are perfect for developing deeper understanding of texts, learning about different writing processes, and exploring authorial choices. We also provide ‘Author of the Week’ videos and display resources, plus hundreds of creative challenges set by authors and illustrators, downloadable classroom resources, downloadable book extracts, downloadable activity packs, and more. We have videos and resources to suit children from age 5-13 (although we know lots of teenagers and adults who enjoy the videos, too!). They can be played in the classroom, library, assembly or at home, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. All videos and resources are in English.
Who created Authorfy and why?
Authorfy Director, Mel Taylor-Bessent, started her career running award-winning creativewriting workshops for children. As well as teaching thousands of children aged 6–13, Mel also organised more than two hundred author events for the schools she worked in and immediately saw the buzz they created and the positive influence they had on students’ approach to reading and writing. The educational value and long-lasting impact these author interactions had was undeniable, and it made Mel wonder how she could replicate this to inspire and educate even more children. The idea was simple . . . why invite one author into one school, when Mel could film hundreds of authors talking about their ideas and inspirations, and put the footage online for anyone in the world to access? Mel now works with the leading children’s publishers to provide videos and resources that improve literacy skills, support teachers, and help inspire the next generation of storytellers.