NEW FOR 2020
Writing and illustrating Picture books Weekend with Grainne Clear (Editor) and Sarah Webb (Writer) - for all abilities
Guest speaker to be announced
Sat 18th jan and sun 19th jan
Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire
See FOR ADULTS section below for more details - inc booking details
Write, Draw, Create
Join our crew!
Writing clubs, classes and workshops for creative children and adults
At Story Crew we believe that creative children are happy children. Writing, drawing and creating all help to build a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Being creative gives children a voice, it allows them to be themselves and the research backs us up.* But above all, it’s fun!
What We Do
Story Crew Writing Clubs for Children
Story Crew Drawing, Art and Craft Workshops for Children
At Story Crew we provide writing clubs, drawing, arts and craft classes and workshops for creative children in the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire. Hosted by award-winning writers, artists and craftspeople, our classes are designed to be innovative, engaging and, above all, fun!
Story Crew School Visits
We also offer school events and workshops and can help to organise school book days and festivals. Want a writer to visit your school? Contact us and we can help! Simply email email@example.com
You can also arrange a school visit though Poetry Ireland's Writers in Schools scheme which part-funds visits by writers and storytellers to primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
*Arts Council of Ireland Survey 2016 (Arts and Cultural Participation among Children and Young People) showed that arts participation boosts children’s confidence, socio-economic well-being and academic skills.
Sarah Webb and Some of Her Books (covers by Lauren O’Neill, Graham Corcoran and Steve McCarthy)
Story Crew Clubs for Children 2019/2020
New children can join at any stage if there are places available
Each club has a max 10 or 12 so each child or teenager can get lots of individual attention
Story Crew Wednesday Writing Club – Advanced- with Sarah Webb
Every Wednesday 4.00pm to 5.15pm SPACES AVAILABLE
Age 11+ e100 per term Royal St George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire
For young writers who would like to stretch their creativity. We will work on lots of different genres and forms and enter writing competitions. Suitable for age 11+ (6th class) and teenagers who love to write.
Story Crew Second Thursday Writing and creativity Club (for All Abilities) - with sarah webb
Every Second Thursday 3.30pm to 4.45pm SPACES AVAILABLE
Age 9+ e100 per term (2 school terms) Royal St George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire
Emphasis on fun, with writing games, drama, creative craft and genre exploration - mystery stories, spooky poems, shoebox stories and lots more!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/ring 0866086110
We accept new students throughout the year if there are spaces available - so do contact us if you have a keen writer or artist at home!
Our clubs run throughout the school year - from Sept to June.
sarah also runs a writing club at dalkey school project on a wednesday afternoon - booking via the school
Plus a Writing Club at dlr Lexicon on the 1st Thursday of every month- booking via the library
Reviews of Sarah’s Writing Clubs
My daughter, Lucy, really enjoyed Sarah’s writing club. Since she started she writes all the time. Sarah has created a 10-year-old writer. Keelin, Dún Laoghaire
My daughter, Tess, really enjoyed Sarah’s writing club. She liked meeting new friends and hearing them share their work which she found inspiring. Orla, Blackrock
My daughter is a budding writer and she really enjoyed and achieved so much at Sarah’s workshops and writing clubs. Her teacher really noticed the change at school over the year as her vocabulary and confidence in her writing style improved significantly. Every child should experience a workshop or class with Sarah. Breda, Dún Laoghaire
Sarah’s writing mentorship was invaluable for my daughter, increasing her confidence and commitment and providing great encouragement, advice and inspiration. Niamh, Sallynoggin
My daughter really enjoyed Sarah's writing club - she found it really stimulating, varied and most of all fun. Sarah is wonderfully enthusiastic and encouraging, and makes each young writer feel special and that they have an important voice to be heard. What a valuable way to discover the wonder of storytelling. Sarah, Dún Laoghaire
I really enjoyed Writing Club, Sarah Webb is an excellent teacher, Grace, aged 10
My daughter absolutely loves Sarah's writing group. With Sarah's expert guidance, encouragement, warmth and humour my daughter's confidence and ability has blossomed. She's tried out all sorts of different genres, and has even been successful in a couple of writing competitions. We thoroughly recommend Sarah's group! Helen, Dublin
Writing and illustrating picture books Weekend with Grainne Clear (Editor) and Sarah Webb (Writer)
sat 18th and sun 19th jan
Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire
guest speaker to be announced
Everything you need to know about writing and illustrating for children and getting published!
Grainne Clear is a Senior Editor with Walker Books and Sarah Webb is an award-winning children's writer
During the weekend they will cover:
An overview of the world of picture books - layouts, word count, rhyming texts, genres etc
Creating compelling characters for your picture book
Plotting and the story arc - even the shortest picture books need a strong story
Rewriting and editing
Illustrating a picture book - do you need to provide the pictures as well as the text or vise versa (the answer is no - find out why!)
The world of agents, editors and children's publishing and much more!
The weekend will also feature a guest picture book writer and illustrator who will talk about her work
Before the course begins, Grainne or Sarah will critique your work (or book idea if you are just starting out) so you can concentrate on the areas that need attention over the two days
Max 15 people to guarantee plenty of individual attention
Cost - including 1 page manuscript critique and notes, lunch on Saturday and coffee/tea both days: e295
Venue: Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire (e5 parking per day to the right of the club on the pier, e6 per day in dlr Lexicon Library car park), 2 mins walk from 46A bus stop and Dun Laoghaire DART station
Times: Sat 10am to 5pm (coffee/tea and light lunch provided)
Sun 11am to 5pm (coffee/tea provided)
Booking: email@example.com or text 086 6086110
Reviews of Sarah’s Writing Classes for Adults
I loved Sarah Webb’s writing class. She’s incredibly generous with both her time and her abundant knowledge of children’s books and publishing. She’s kind, funny and intuitive. Enagh, class member at the Irish Writers Centre
Sarah’s writing course is the best thing that can happen to emerging writers. In a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere you are encouraged to step out of the shadows and share your work with others. Simone, class member at the Irish Writers Centre
who we are
Story Crew is led by our Story Captain, Sarah Webb, an award-winning children’s books champion and writer. Sarah has been teaching creative writing for more than twenty years and loves encouraging and helping children and adults to craft their own stories.
The Story Crew Team
Our workshop leaders are award-winning and bestselling writers and illustrators and innovative crafts people including Marita Conlon-McKenna, Oisín McGann, Judi Curtin, Alan Nolan and Keelin Murray.
Contact us and join our Story Crew: