Writing Courses

  • January 2018 Term

    Malahide:

    A new term begins on Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th January in Malahide.

    Blackrock:

    A new term begins on Monday on Wednesday 10th January in Blackrock.

    Skerries:

    A new term begins on Thursday 11th January in Skerries.
  • Pricing

    Term runs for ten weeks until Easter.

    There will be NO CLASSES during the midterm week 12th – 16th February.

    The ten week course costs €130.

    10% Discount for siblings if booked at the same time. (€117 per child).

My Creative Writing Courses suit children aged seven to twelve years old.

Children begin attending my classes from about eight years old (seven year-olds are welcome if they can write at least one half page independently). I teach children mad about stories, gifted children, children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and every type of child in-between.

Children’s weekly children’s classes take place in Skerries Mills, Malahide and Blackrock.

Term classes run in blocks from September until early June.

Many children attend classes term after term, year after year, building on what they have learned, exploring new material and expanding their knowledge and writing skills. After attending my writing classes for several terms, children tend do extremely well in English in secondary school.

My weekly classes can book up quickly. If a class is full and you would like to be put on a waiting list for the following term, please let me know and I will contact you when I am accepting new bookings.

My focus is on having fun, letting the creative side run free and teaching the many skills of writing fiction.

My students have had stories published and won national writing competitions. Most recently students have won the Listowel Writers’ Week Short Story Competition for Youth – (under 12) 2013 & 2014, and came 2nd in (under 9) 2014. They have also won The Dalkey Festival Four Forty Competition for children aged 9 -11 years 2013, Ireland’s Own Magazine Short Story Competition (Adult Beginners) 2012 and The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries Adult Short Story Competition 2012.

Creating Believable and interesting characters.
  • Interviewing Characters.
  • Writing Character Curriculum Vitae’s.
  • Revealing character through conflict and action. (Showing not telling)
Writing believable Dialogue
  • Punctuating Dialogue.
  • Writing speech and action tag lines.
  • Revealing Character through Dialogue. (Showing not telling)
  • Giving each character a distinct voice.
Plot.
  • Beginning your story – grabbing the reader’s attention.
  • Structuring your story – beginning, middle, climax, and wrapping up the loose ends.
  • The Hero’s Journey.
Completing your story.
  • Finishing with a twist.
  • Editing your work.
  • Submitting your work to magazines/competitions.
Students are encouraged to read out their work, but never forced, and receive supportive and constructive feedback. If you would like more information, please contact me through the contact page.

Timetable


MONDAY – Begins 8th January 2018

2.45 - 3.45pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
St. Sylvesters Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
[ book here ]
3.45 - 4.45pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
St. Sylvesters Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
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TUESDAY – Begins 9th January 2018

3.00 - 4.00pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
St. Sylvesters Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
[ FULLY BOOKED email for info ]
4.00 - 5.00pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
St. Sylvesters Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
[ FULLY BOOKED email for info ]
5.00 - 6.00pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
St. Sylvesters Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
[ FULLY BOOKED email for info ]

WEDNESDAY – Begins 10th January 2018

3.30 - 4.30pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock.
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THURSDAY – Begins 9th November 2017

3.00 - 4.00pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
Skerries Mills, Skerries.

[ FULLY BOOKED email for info ]

4.00 - 5.00pm
(7 – 12yr olds)
Skerries Mills, Skerries.

[ FULLY BOOKED email for info ]

 
Fully Booked
If the class time you want, shows as FULLY BOOKED:

Returning students: please email Megan to get payment details for Children returning from previous term.

New students: please email Megan to be added to the waiting list and get information on availability.

Coming Soon !!

The 2017 Christmas Book is coming soon!!

Book Launches:

Skerries on Dec 14th, 5.30pm @Skerries Mills.

Malahide on Dec 17th, 2.15pm @Parish Center.