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Q&A with our Creative Writing Workshop Teacher, Mikala!

photo 5Whether your child is a reluctant writer or an aspiring wordsmith, these creative writing workshops will be a perfect holiday activity! Packed full with games, competitions, literacy skills and motivational topics, the workshops are designed to encourage every child to love creative writing. At the end of each session, your child will have developed an important writing skill and produced a piece of creative writing in their own authorial “voice”. 

Run by Mikala Tyrell, a qualified and experienced English teacher, the sessions will develop the key literacy skills needed in the classroom, whilst fostering a love of the writing process. 

Recommended age: 8+

Each workshop can be attended as a stand-alone session, however the 4 workshops together will be cohesive, so it would definitely be recommended to attend all four.

Book here to secure your place!

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Mikala’s first session is on Saturday 23rd July, and before she starts we wanted to get the inside scoop!

What made you want to become a teacher?

I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. My mum will tell you stories of me lining up my teddies at the age of 7 or 8 so that I could take the register and read them stories, just like my teacher did. I had planned to be a primary teacher and I still have a love of teaching younger children, but, as I got older, I realised that I wanted to foster a love of reading and literature in young adults. Being an English teacher means I can encourage children to love reading and writing, and realise that English is a wonderful subject. I still get a thrill from making an avid reader or writer out of a reluctant student.

What’s your favourite book, and why?

That’s such a hard question! I’m not sure I could tell you what my absolute favourite book is because I love so many of them. When it comes to adult books, I love the writing of Margaret Atwood, Ruth Ozeki and Kirsty Logan. Classic literature is always a winner too.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was one of my favourite books as a child, and I used to love reading the Roald Dahl books when I was younger. I liked to think that I had an affinity with Matilda, although without the super powers naturally. I still really enjoy reading young adult fiction and Patrick Ness’ series Chaos Walking is a great trilogy. Now that I have a very young son, we’re reading classic and new picture books together too. My favourite purchase for him so far has to be Megalopolis: and the Visitor from Outer Space by Clea Dieudonne.

I told you I wouldn’t be able to choose just one!

What inspires you when you’re writing?

Inspiration can come from anything: a line in a book, a photo or painting, a news clip or a snippet of conversation I hear as I walk along the street. The imagination and creativity, which the writing process encourages, is my favourite part of all.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

My mum always used to tell me that she would be proud of me whatever happened as long as I worked my hardest and tried my absolute best. That has been my mantra over the years.

Why did you choose the Bright Emporium as a venue for your workshops?

The Bright Emporium is such a beautiful and inspiring place that it is the perfect place to foster a love of reading and writing in young children. All the gorgeous artwork on the walls can only serve to awaken a child’s imagination.

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Thanks to Mikala for being so open and approachable, and for answering all of our questions! Can’t wait to have your workshops starting in our beautiful gallery!

Book here for a place at one of Mikala’s wonderful workshops.