I have extensive experience as a facilitator, workshop leader, teacher, tutor, trainer and creative catalyst across all age groups and abilities. I am also a storyteller, speaker and performer and use these skills both in presenting my own work, for training and chairing at literary festivals. 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.
What people have said:
“We discovered that apart from being a gifted and perceptive writer, Merryn is also a very able communicator and teacher.” John Dempster, Highland Lit
“Merryn is popular with pupils of all ages, and her passion for reading, writing and the library shines through in her interactions with young people and adults alike.” Calum Arthur, colleague at Kingussie High School
“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
See current Projects here. Previous work has included:
- Appearances as guest author at Ullapool Book Festival, Turning Leaves: Kingussie Book Festival, Highland Lit, Mussoorie International Writers Festival in India and Book Week Scotland events.
- Chairing and leading workshops at book festivals and conferences: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Ness Book Fest, ScotsWrite conference, National Association of Writers in Education conference.
- Five years as part-time library assistant at Kingussie High School.
- Creative writing workshops for: carers on Tiree; a multi-cultural project in Aberdeen; Moniack Mhor Young Writers Cafe; Highland Lit; Kingussie High School; Fortrose Academy; Solas Festival; GP Trainers
- Two Creative Writing courses for adults through Cairngorms Learning Partnership.
- Leading retreat days for the Church of Scotland and The Bield of Blackruthven. Topics have included The Dayof Trees and Spiritual Journaling.
- 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 a grand Scottish mansion for a frightfully fun writing experience!
- 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
- 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
- Secondary school supply teaching in every subject!