Promoting and Sharing Youth Work Practice: A Workshop to Support Youth Work Practitioner Writing

June 10 2014

Promoting and Sharing Your Youth Work Practice: A workshop to support youth work practitioner writing

Date: Tuesday 10th June 2014

This workshop is provided in collaboration with both the NUI Maynooth Centre for Teaching and Learning and NUI Maynooth Department of Social Studies. All participants in the workshop will be offered the opportunity to share the work they complete on the day in an upcoming edition of Scene magazine.

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for youth work practitioners to:

  • Reflect on and identify practice that they would like to share with other practitioners, donors, and policy makers;
  • Develop their skills in recording and communicating their practice;
  • Receive feedback, support and guidance on their writing;
  • Complete a draft of an article that can be published or shared within the Irish Youth work sector.

Workshop Content

The workshop will address the following issues:

  • Reflective writing and reflective practice;
  • Effective writing and communication;
  • Translating your practice for other audiences.


The training will consist of a morning session that will guide practitioners in reflecting on their practice and identifying transferrable learning and knowledge from their experience.
The afternoon will provide an opportunity for practitioners to capture and communicate their practice through writing.

Target Audience

Any youth work practitioner who has an identified youth work experience or example of practice that they would like to document and share through writing.

Facilitator Profile:

Dr. Hilary Tierney
Dr Tierney: Following graduation from the first Irish professional undergraduate programme in youth work and community work, I worked across the community and youth work sectors, specialising in organisational development practice and in education and training for the emerging profession in both FE and third level.

Dr. Alison Farrell
Dr Farrell joined the NUI Maynooth in September 2001. She is Teaching Development Officer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Project Manager of the University’s The Writing Centre. She is a graduate of University of Limerick and holds a PhD in English. She has been directly involved in Education since 1994 and has worked at all levels, in a wide range of pedagogical areas including Curriculum Design and Development, Creativity in Higher Education and Civic Engagement.

Matthew Seebach
Matthew is the editor of Scene Magazine, the magazine for Irish youth work practice. He holds a Masters degree in journalism and has been working in the Irish youth sector for 11 years.