Lots of people have been in touch to wish me well (thank you!), and to ask if there is any way they can help me out.

You may or may not be aware that a good portion of any author’s income comes from visiting schools, running workshops and giving talks about my work as an author and helping to inspire a love of reading for pleasure.

For the past ten years, I’ve visited at least 70 different schools per year. But now I’ve had to close my calendar and cancel bookings.  I doubt I will be able to resume my author events programme until early in 2017.

Through one diagnosis, I lost around 50% of my earnings overnight – and that’s hard to deal with.

So, how can you help?

There are four ways at present…

First – you could buy my books!  Even royalties I receive 12 to 18 months down the line will be very welcome indeed.

We’re hoping to set up a small online shop here soon but, in the meantime, please visit either your local independent bookshop or, if you would prefer to buy on Amazon, go there via this link below (it’s an affiliate link that earns me a couple of extra pennies on every sale):

Second – you may have noticed that this site contains ads.  Any extra revenue I get through advertising will be a big help.

If you don’t like ads on the websites you visit, please accept my apologies and perhaps consider installing an ‘ad blocker’ extension to your web browser.

Third – you have the opportunity to make a one-off donation via PayPal by following the link on the right hand side of this page.  But, before doing that, please read about step four, below…


Finally, you can also support me by becoming a patron…
(then click on ‘Why Tommy Donbavand is on Patreon’)

I really don’t want to feel like I’m begging, or asking for handouts – but I am going to have to find a way to earn extra money through the one skill this disease has thankfully left me able to do…  I can write.  In fact, I’m about to have lots of writing time on my hands!

So, if you support me I will create exclusive content of all kinds for my patrons: stories, poetry, articles, jokes, lesson plans, class worksheets and much more.  I will also offer writing advice for anyone who has ever wanted to put pen to paper.

I’ll tell you how to plot, build a world, create characters, complete a draft, rewrite, and then submit to publishers and agents or self-publish your work on the Kindle.

I’ve set also up three dedicated schools levels on my Patreon account – one at $15 (around £10) per month, one at $43 (around £30), and one at $214 (£150). If you or your school pledges one of these amounts, you will receive a ton of unique, never before seen creative writing content for your pupils. Here’s what you get for that money…

For $15 (£10) per month, you will receive…

  • A selection of at least 10 different story starter sheets in various genres, ability levels and linked to either school topics or seasonal times of the year. Print them off, hand them out and your pupils will never have to face the fear of the blank page ever again.
  • I will provide worksheets on my writing topic of the month – such as ‘Brainstorming Ideas’, ‘Creating Characters’, ‘World Building’, ‘Developing Plots’, ‘Realistic Dialogue’, ‘Finishing The First Draft’, ‘Rewriting Techniques’ and many others.
  • A handful of fast and fun writing exercises that can take as little as ten minutes to complete. Each exercise will be specifically designed to sharpen your pupils’ storytelling skills and help them to become better writers.

For $43 (£30) per month, you will receive ALL of the above, plus…

  • Detailed lesson plans to help you run my workshop topics in your own classrooms. It will be almost as if I’m right there with you!
  • Techniques designed to expand your pupils’ creative writing into other areas of the curriculum, such as drama, music, history, art and more.
  • I will cover other areas of writing, such as poetry, scriptwriting, flash fiction and more!
  • A surprise of the month. This could be a short story, a poem, a video, or even a task for your pupils to undertake!

For $214 (£150) per month, you will receive ALL of the above, plus…

  • I will provide INDIVIDUAL feedback on stories for up to TEN of your pupils. It will only take a few months for me to cover the entire school – then we start again at an improved level of writing.
  • I will answer all your pupils’ questions in a personal email, upgrading to an exclusive video when I’m able to talk again after my radio and chemotherapy treatment.
  • I will give you a discount on a LIVE author visit once I’m back on my feet!

Should you wish to get feedback for more than ten pupils per month, please contact me for a price.

I can also create BESPOKE writing workshops, based on a topic of your choice. Should that be of interest, please get in touch.

So, that’s it! I’m working hard to find a way to provide for my family, and keep pupils entertained and working hard during my illness.

If you’ve read this far, I’m very grateful.  If you are able to support me – even better.  Thank you.

For more information, or it you just want to say hello – please email me at: or visit and click on the Patreon button.
(then click on ‘Why Tommy Donbavand is on Patreon’)

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