Online: Writing From the Heart and Voice of a Child with Megan Wynne

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Dates: Tues 8 June 2021
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 3 Weeks
Cost: €90/€83

Course Level: Beginner 

All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Course Summary: 

This middle grade fiction course is aimed at those who wish to write a novel for children aged eight to twelve. Using memories from childhood amongst other methods, participants will explore how to access the mind and heart of a child. Through group discussion and writing prompts, participants will explore how setting, character and conflict are experienced as a child. Samples of middle grade fiction will illustrate how to write these experiences this successfully. Students will imagine and breathe themselves into being children once again so that they can write a novel or short story from a child’s point of view. 

Course Outline: 

Week One: Getting into the Heart of Being a Child & Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes.

Week Two: Children’s Dialogue and Conflict. 

Week Three: Main Character and Supporting Characters – How Children View Adults.

Each workshop will include discussion, presentation of writing samples and writing prompts. Students will be invited to read aloud what they’ve written but nobody has to.  The atmosphere of the class will be positive and encouraging.

Course Outcomes: 

Participants will leave the course with an understanding of how to get into the heart and body of a child (aged eight to twelve years) and how to use that knowledge to write a middle grade novel.

Megan Wynne’s first novel for children, The House on Hawthorn Road, was published by The O’Brien Press in 2019. It has been recorded as an audio book by Bolinda and will be published in Romania by Corint. Her short stories have been shortlisted and come runner up in several national writing competitions. In 2019 and 2021 she was awarded a bursary from Fingal County Council Arts Office. Megan runs a successful creative writing school for children. She also teaches adults and teenagers. 

 Reviews of The House on Hawthorn Road:

“Family conflict and peer pressure are represented realistically, but it is the historical slippage that makes The House on Hawthorn Road, a truly compelling read.” The Irish Times

“The characters are excellently drawn… highly entertaining…a heart-warming story about being different and embracing your difference.” Irish Examiner

 Review of Writing Courses:

I enjoyed the course immensely. Megan is a dynamic teacher who has a natural ability to stimulate your creativity. Yvonne

I never enjoyed a course more. It felt like coming home. 10/10.Jacinta.

I loved being part of Megan’s adult class.   It made a real difference to my writing and expanded my ideas, both through the great teaching and interaction with other participants.  It’s such a positive, creative atmosphere. Helena

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