My Children’s Book Published This Month!!

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My first novel for children, The House on Hawthorn Road, is being published by The O’Brien Press this month. It is a time slip novel aimed at readers aimed 10+. I am so excited about this and cannot wait until children are reading it!   Two centuries, two children, one house Beth didn’t want to move to Dublin – she misses her old life and her friends back in London. …

Summer Camps

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We are busy preparing for our summer camps that begin in two weeks. This year we are focusing on unusual and peculiar characters, who aren’t able to fit in. The theme is acceptance of ourselves and others. During the camp, each child will create their own character and unique setting, plot a story, learn how to write dialogue, hook the reader, and plan the end of the story. Everyone will …

Feedback from Students

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Every term I ask my students to give me written feedback on what they enjoy about creative writing classes and what they don’t like. Here’s a couple I received at the end of last term. Ten year old boy in Malahide I liked almost everything but I didn’t like a few things: I disliked how we only got one jelly (I am not greedy, everyone in the class would agree). …

Students’ Book of Stories

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I am inviting all students who attend my after school creative writing classes to submit a story to be published in a book this Christmas. The book will be entitled Stories For Life, Not Just For Christmas. This is a great opportunity for young writers to see their work in print. Every story that we receive will be published (as long as we receive it before the deadline of 2nd …

School Visits

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS My aim in giving workshops is to inspire and build confidence in children. I want them tp experience the freedom and joy that creative writing offers. I also believe writing can be a great tool in improving mental health – particularly for imaginative children who experience anxiety. The following workshops are particularly suited to 2nd – 6th classes in Primary Schools. MAGICAL REALISM WORKSHOP 1) …

Victoria’s Brilliant Story

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Victoria Lunin (11 yrs) has come third in Listowel Writers’ Week Writing Competition for Youth ages 12 yrs and under. Victoria attends my classes, workshops and summer camps in Malahide. She writes beautiful stories and is completely committed to her writing. Victoria’s story is what I call a One Moment Story – about a very important moment in a character’s life. We often practice One Moment stories in class and …

New Summer Camp for Teenagers

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I am running a new four day camp for teenagers (13 -18 yrs) from 25th -28th June. The aim of this course is to give teenagers the necessary skills to write creative composition in the Junior and Leaving Cert English examinations.It is suitable for teens mad about writing, teens with learning difficulties such as dysgraphia and dyslexia, gifted teens and every other type of teen in between. Each day we …

Student’s Success!

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I am so thrilled to let you know that Victoria Lunin (11 yrs) has come third in Listowel Writers’ Week Writing Competition for Youth ages 12 yrs and under. Victoria attends my classes, workshops and summer camps in Malahide. She writes beautiful stories and is completely committed to her writing. Victoria has been invited to the Awards ceremony in Listowel at the end of May. There she will sit alongside …

RTE Guide /Puffin Short Story Competition for Youth

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There are three categories for individuals to enter and the story can be whatever you want to write about: funny, serious, scary or adventurous. Each story should be original and unique to the student. The story cannot have been published before e.g. in students’ Christmas book. •7-10 yrs old – up to 400 words (with an illustration or picture, if you want!) •11-14 yrs old – up to 750 words …

Focus Ireland’s Letter of Thanks

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I have received a thank you letter from Focus Ireland. 🙂 This is to all of the writers who submitted a story to “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover,” and everyone who bought a book. 🙂 Dear Supporter, I am writing to thank you for your wonderful gift of €510.00 you pledged to Focus Ireland’s Urgent Winter Appeal today. Your generosity and kindness mean so much to me and …

My Trip to Harry Potter Studios in London

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I’d wanted to go to The Harry Potter Studios in London for ages and even though. I’d seen photos I couldn’t imagine exactly what I’d do there. What would I see? So for those of you who are thinking of visiting The Harry Potter studios, this is how it was for me. I stayed the night in London before hand and I’m glad I did. It meant I was rested …

Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Competitions

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It’s that time of year again, when Listowel Writers’ Week is running its literary competitions. There are competitions for poetry, plays and short stories. My students have done incredibly well in these competitions in recent years. Here’ hoping they do again this year! Below are the details for the Young Writers’ Competitions: The Kerry County Council Creative Writing for Youth 2018 CLOSING DATE 1st March 2018 Prize Fund: €2,000 Categories: …

Students’ Book of Stories

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Congratulations to the sixty-seven writers (who attend my classes in Malahide, Skerries and Blackrock) who contributed a story to ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.” This collection of stories is a great success. It is now on sale in The Skerries Bookshop, Malahide Parish Centre, Skerries Mills and from my website. It costs €10 and the full price goes directly to Focus Ireland (as we have now covered our …

Celebrating Ten Years in Business

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This month Megan Wynne is celebrating ten years of running her creative writing school in Skerries. It began with three students around a kitchen table in the Skerries bookshop. Now one hundred students attend classes in Skerries, Malahide and Blackrock every week. Students regularly win national writing awards and excel at English in school. So how did it all come about? In 2007 Paddy MacNeill had recently taken over the …