Write-A-Book project 2019
Pupils, parents, and teachers gathered together for an inspirational evening on Tuesday 28th May at the Garage Theatre to celebrate Monaghan’s young authors. The following week, teachers from Cavan were invited to attend a similar event at the Cavan Crystal Hotel to celebrate the success of the Cavan pupils in this long-standing literacy project.
Every year, Monaghan Education Centre runs a literacy project for Primary school pupils, and teachers support their pupils through the writing process, to enable each child to produce their own book. Since January, pupils and teachers across the county have been working hard to develop, hone, and polish their stories into a well-considered finished book. The evening celebrated the success of the 120 pupils who had been awarded Merit prizes (first place in their class group) and was led by David McCague, the director of Monaghan Education Centre, Wendy Flood, project Co-ordinator and the guest speaker for the evening, local author Colm McElwain. David spoke of the importance of determination and hard work with the support of parents and teachers being fundamental to the nurturing of the childs’ potential, and Colm McElwain shared his tips on how to develop as a writer. The first tip was to read a lot, and the second was to write a lot. To these young authors, Colm mentioned the importance of entertaining the reader, educating them, and elevating them, so that the reader felt inspired or enriched by the reading experience.
In all, 33 schools entered the project, with 90 winners in Cavan, and 103 in Monaghan. All pupils at the evening received a certificate and medal to celebrate their success, and back at the schools the runners up received medals and certificates. All pupils who entered the competition, by writing their own book, also received a certificate of commendation for their work.
Writing books is no mean feat, and would not be possible without the dedication of the Class teachers who supported their students in the writing process, and assisted with judging the final products. Therefore, huge thanks must go to all the teachers who encouraged their pupils to undertake this inspirational project, and to all the staff at the Education Centre who worked tirelessly behind the scenes with admin, providing information to schools and sharing the load on the Presentation Evenings. Thank you Mary Savage, Mary McQuaid, Ann-Marie Woods and Carmel McKenna.
Congratulations to all the authors on your hard work and efforts, and keep writing, ready for another literacy project in 2020!