From the start Megan held classes for adults and children. Many adult creative writing classes were already available in Ireland, so that was not ground breaking, however teaching children the tools of writing fiction – a topic usually reserved for adults – was something new. In doing so Megan discovered something very interesting. Children aged between eight and twelve are brilliant at writing stories. Their imaginations have no boundaries. They are able to grasp concepts, such as showing not telling and character development, quicker than most adults.
Megan was amazed by how much the children learned. Children LOVE to create characters and new worlds. Gifted children as well as children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties excelled in these classes because the focus is on fun and they can write about whatever they want: unicorns, bombs, animals, war, friendship, loss or anything at all. Most importantly the children are given the opportunity to express themselves and be heard when they read their work aloud in class.
Without realizing it, Megan had stumbled upon a niche in the market. Leaving certificate students are expected to produce an imaginative and complete short story, however there is a problem with this: English teachers study literature in college. They are not taught how to write a story. Likewise primary school teachers, learn many vital skills but unless one of them happens to be a writer, few are equipped to teach creative writing. Therefore most children go through the entire educational system in Ireland without learning how to write a story.
That’s where Megan’s classes come in. Children learn how to create characters, write dialogue and descriptive pieces, begin, end and plot a story. When she first began teaching creative writing, she never envisaged students returning term after term and year after year, but that’s what happened and the results have been extraordinary. In 2013 a student won the annual Listowel Writers’ Week Competition for young writers and after that a string of students won competitions in Ireland and the UK.
Children begin attending these classes from about eight years old (seven year-olds are welcome if they can write at least one half page independently). Megan teaches children mad about stories, gifted children, children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. All are welcome.
Weekly classes take place in Skerries Mills, Loughshinny Community Centre, and St. Sylvester’s Parish Centre Malahide (next door to Dart station).
Term classes 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 writing classes for several terms, children tend do extremely well in English in secondary school.
Weekly classes book up quickly, but if you would like to be put on a waiting list for the following term, please let me know and we will contact you when we are accepting new bookings.
Our classes focus on having fun, letting the creative side run free and teaching the many skills of writing fiction. We teach groups, one-to-one classes, and online courses.
My students have had stories published and won national writing competitions. Most recently students have won or come runner up in the Sunday Times Goose Bumps Story Writing Competition 2016, RTE Guide / Puffin Ireland Short Story Competition for Youth 2015, Listowel Writers’ Week Short Story Competition for Youth (under 12 & under 9) 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013, The Dalkey Festival Four Forty Competition for children aged 9 -11 years 2013.
If you are interested in week-long summer courses for teenagers or children, please go to the summer camps page.
I am running a limited number of online writing courses for students who are not able to attend face to face classes.