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.
Weekly classes take place in Skerries Mills, Loughshinny Community Centre, and St. Sylvester’s Parish Centre Malahide (next door to Dart station).
Term classes run in blocks of seven or eight weeks 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 book up quickly, but if 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. I 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) 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.