I have extensive experience as a facilitator, workshop leader, tutor and creative catalyst with all age groups and abilities and across a range of contexts. I also have experience as a storyteller and performer and use these skills both in presenting my own work and for training. Projects have taken me into hospital wards, classrooms, prisons, dance studios, theatres, special needs units, council offices, museums, archeological sites and out of doors. I relish each new encounter and enjoy broadening my scope. Do get in touch if you’d like to explore ideas for working together.
What people have said:
“Very informative positive course. Very inspirational and friendly.” “It’s focused me really well, and given me confidence and self-belief.” “Super course!” Participants on the CLP Creative Writing Course, 2015.
“The leader was excellent. She gave the impression of being very much in control of her subject, yet in a humble and unassuming manner.” “I felt energized by it all. Thank you.” Spiritual retreat participants.
“Thanks so much for coming to run such a skilful and appropriate session at the workshop in Brora. It was beautifully crafted and delivered.” Dr Roland Spencer-Jones, Associate Advisor in Medical Education, NHS Education for Scotland
“I used some of your “Letters Never Sent” format for work with a GPST facilitator lead group. It worked really well and there were lots of judgments and doctor-held values that came out. Many thanks.” Participant from the Creative Writing workshop at the GP Trainer’s Conference, Feb 2013.
“I would give you five stars and an ‘excellent’!” Eryl Morris, Learning and Development Officer, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust
“Merryn is a master teacher. She is gifted in being able to enthuse, motivate and create a learning environment for her students.” Judith Ellis, Principal, Kathmandu International Study Centre
“Her ability to bring out otherwise hidden literary talents saw pupils of all ability levels producing imaginative pieces of a high standard. She offered children an insight into the writing process which often produced sparkling results.” Iain Mackintosh, Head of English, Kingussie High School
For current projects see the Adventures tab. Previous work has included:
- Ten week Creative Writing course for adults through Cairngorms Learning Partnership.
- Short story workshops with pupils at Fortrose Academy, Highland.
- Leading retreat days, often with Steve Aisthorpe, Mission Development Worker (North), Church of Scotland and at The Bield of Blackruthven in beautiful Perthshire. Topics have included Spiritual Journaling, The Letters of John, An Extra-ordinary God in an Ordinary World and Adventures in Prayer.
- Eden Court Young Writers – tutoring creative writing to teenagers as part of Eden Court Theatre’s Creative programme.
- Murder Mystery Creative Writing Day – taking a group of 1st Years from Kingussie High School to Balavil House for a frightfully fun writing experience!
- Creative writing workshop, Letters Never Sent, for GP Trainers’ Conference in Brora, Highland
- Production Advice – offering guidance to Kingussie Primary School for their production of Pirates of the Curry Bean
- Wild Writing – taking Advanced Higher pupils from Kingussie High School out into the snow to stimulate creativity and writing ideas, funded by Live Literature Scotland
- Family Reading Fun – leading workshops for East Dunbartonshire libraries on “Taking Family Stories to a New Dimension”, funded by Live Literature Scotland
- Tutoring on Radio Drama for St Andrews University Creative Writing Summer School
- Telling a story in four courses for a dinner event
- One-to-one creative writing work with a teenage girl with behavioural difficulties: St Modan’s High School & Artlink Central, Stirling
- Drama and movement workshops for young adults with learning difficulties: Ochil House & Artlink Central, Stirling
- Life-story work with diabetes patients on dialysis: Artlink Central & Falkirk Royal Infirmary
- Directing high-school productions and/or providing guidance for schools on setting up drama and production projects
- Life-story work with elderly people with dementia: Dementia Initiative, Falkirk & Stirling
- Leading retreats and workshops for spiritual reflection and life journey
- Writing and reading a series of Thought for the Day for Forth Valley Radio
- Drama workshops for youth theatres: MacRobert Youth Theatre, Stirling Youth Theatre, Borderline Youth Theatre
- Drama workshops for primary school children at museum sites: Falkirk Museum Service
- Devising and performing a play and workshop on personal development for teenagers: Inter-Act, Health & Education Youth Drama Project
- Devising role-play workshops for language disordered teenagers: Forth Valley Health Board & Wallace High School
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