How Do You Inspire a Child to Write?

FORGET ABOUT HANDWRITING AND SPELLINGS! Many children don’t know how to write a story. Others don’t want to. I think the problem stems from too much emphasis on hand writing and spelling in school. Of course these are important things, but when it comes to writing creatively they need to be put to one side. Instead the focus needs to be on fun and creating crazy and exciting characters, worlds …

Students Success at Listowel!

My brilliant writing students have done it again at Listowel Writers’ Week Literary competitions for youth! Sadbh Cushen (who attends classes in Skerries) has won first in the category for under nines. Sadbh wrote a beautiful piece about what it’s like to live with Sensory Processing Disorder. Grace Lenny (an online student) has won first place in the twelve years and under category with a compelling tale about the Easter …

Wonderful News!

I am so proud of Hannah Rudden (aged twelve) who not only won first place in this year’s under twelve category in Listowel Writers’ Week Short Story competition for youth, she has also won the Dear Grace writing competition for the second year running and will be attending an awards ceremony in the Helix next autumn. I have been teaching Hannah since she was eight years old, when she was …