WIS Database of Writers
- Denise Blake
- Poet, Short-Story writer
- Reading and Q&A, Creative Writing Workshop, Master Class
- Age Group
- 8 - 18
- Primary, Post Primary
- Works in English ONLY
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
productions & background experience
First collection of poetry, Take a Deep Breath, was published by Summer Palace Press in 2004. I am a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany RTE Radio 1. Read widely including the Clé Author and Publisher library tour. I have worked on an annual basis in primary schools, have done a series of creative writing classes with several transition year schools and I work on a regular basis with adult writing groups.
Working in a class room situation I like to give warm up written exercises and then longer pieces. I always go through the class so that every child tells me what he/she has written. My aim is to encourage the child to use his imagination with the emphasise more on original ideas than me correcting work. I am trying to encourage the child to decide what method of writing, whether personal or fiction he enjoys better.
- Scott's Farm, Scribley, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal