Author’s creating writing classes for youngsters

Rachel Green

Rachel Green

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Manx writer Rachel Green will share some of her creative writing skills with a workshop for youngsters.

The author works full time as an English teacher, offering private tuition in the evenings, and is on track to becoming a published novelist with Hardman & Swainson literary agency.

Her novel Stacey Stargazer is with publishing editors for review and she is currently working on her second book, a children’s fantasy novel.

Rachel ran a similar workshop for young people last year at the Family Library in Douglas. It was held in conjunction with the then Department of Community, Culture and Leisure’s Try Something New scheme.

Hoping to emulate the success of this venture, she will host another one this month.

‘I love teaching and I love writing – and I love teaching writing most of all,’ said Rachel.

She hopes the workshop will encourage young people to use their imagination and then to be creative.

During the island’s literature festival, Manx Litfest, in 2012, Rachel’s work was picked out by London literary agency Hardman & Swainson. Joanna Swainson considered Rachel’s manuscript – Stacey Stargazer and The Girl from Nowhere – which is aimed at children, and decided to sign her up.

The workshop will cater for young people aged eight to 16 of all abilities, and it will aim to teach the craft of creative writing, while honing writing skills and equip them with the ability to express themselves through prose. It will also include aspects of writing such as world-building, character development, tension and more.

The workshop runs from Tuesday, August 26, until Friday, August 29, at St Matthew’s Church hall in Ridgeway Street, Douglas.

It costs £10 per session for either the morning (10am to midday) or afternoon (2pm to 4pm) .

Youngsters can sign up for anything from one session up to all four sessions, at a total of £40 per child.

There are only a few places left. Contact Rachel Green to book, email or call 246238.

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