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Monday 9 December 2019

Budding authors attend writing workshops

Jordan Coomber, Sophie Sweeney, Caroline Busher, Cara O’ Shaughnessy and James Connolly
Jordan Coomber, Sophie Sweeney, Caroline Busher, Cara O’ Shaughnessy and James Connolly

Simon Bourke

The next generation of famous Wexford authors have been treated to a series of workshops at Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts as part of the school's annual Writers' Week.

Taking place between November 18 - 22 the week saw published authors visit the school to share their experiences as writers and to answer the many questions posed to them by these curious young minds.

Hosting the workshops were author of 'The Tunnel' Sara Donohue from Carlow who worked with fifth and sixth classes. Caroline Busher is the Reader in Residence at Wexford Library and the writer of' The Ghosts of Magnificent Children' and she worked with third and fourth classes, while Richie Conroy, a screenwriter who has also recently released his first novel for children, 'An Jailtacht', spent time with the children from first and second classes.

Caitriona Saunderson, Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Coordinator at Scoil Mhuire, explained how the event came into being.

'One of our sixth class teachers, Nick Gregan, organised Writers' Week in the school. He did so due to the wealth of talented writers in our school. Writers' Week gives all children the chance to showcase their own writing and to meet authors that they admire.

'The authors were amazing with the pupils. It really put a human face to writing and gave massive encouragement to our budding authors.'

As the former workplace of internationally-renowned children's author Eoin Colfer, Scoil Mhuire prides itself on its writing tradition and, in keeping with this, the school launched the Annual Eoin Colfer Short Story award and the Best Six Word Story award as part of its Writers' Week.

Discussing the importance of writing and storytelling, Caitriona said, 'Literacy is a cornerstone of the academic work in the school and all teachers encourage the students to express themselves through the writing process.

'As well as being vitally important Scoil Mhuire believes it should be fun too. The authors that were in this week showed the pupils how enjoyable storytelling and writing can be.'

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