About Me


I am an experienced secondary school English teacher and author who operates a tutoring service

  • I launched Lyn McClenaghan Tutoring Service in 2004
  • Hold a full and current VIT registration
  • Teach and tutor from a purpose built studio adjoining my home.

Lyn McClenaghan Tutoring Service provides tutoring to students from years 5-12: English, English Literature, English Language, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and EAL students.

For further information about my services go to: Services Tab

My brand of fiction: supernatural tales of terror

These are short intense reads

The tales don’t rely on current clichés, such as vampires, werewolves, teen witches or adolescent romance. Supernatural threat drives the plot, Gothic themes permeate each tale and there are no happy endings.

Hauntings, possession, the traditional ghost story and the supernatural loom large. These are dark stories presenting a grim view of the world and humanity. The horror pervades, is difficult to comprehend and contain and it’s these elements which terrify.

Fear inflicts readers with a menacing atmosphere causing malaise while the source of evil stalks its prey relentlessly.

Biography in brief

A number of years ago I completed a one year TAFE professional writing course.

Before publishing my first work of fiction in 2013, I have written as a professional. As a teacher I have reviewed unsolicited material for publishing houses and the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE), assessing their suitability for secondary school teaching. I have written coursework material for ICS an educational provider and presented workshops for this organisation to senior secondary students on developing essay skills. In 2013, 2014 and 2105 I presented workshops at the annual VATE state conference on independent authoring and self-publishing to teachers. I have written many letters and commentary on current issues that have featured in The Age and Herald Sun both in print and online.


  • Drew’s Party Gothic novella (2013)
  • On the Wind’s Breath – Supernatural horror novel (2013)
  • In Jeopardy – Novel – Psychological drama of betrayal (2014)
  • Who’s Watching Samantha? – Supernatural horror novel (2015)
  • Voice in the Mirror: Supernatural tales of terror – A trio of novellas (2106)

As a serious writer and tutor I read largely for research and teaching purposes. I have written a number of reviews for Amazon and have received numerous citations for helpful reviews. I enjoy Gothic horror, thriller, mystery and suspense and historical fiction. I am interested in history, the esoteric, cinema and listening to live bands when time permits.


Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Manningham Business Network (MBN)

Australian Society of Authors  www.asauthors.org

Writers Victorian  www.writersvictoria.org.au

Australian Horror Writers Association  www.australianhorror.com


Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Education – The University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma of Education – The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts – La Trobe University

Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing – The Council of Adult Education (CAE)

Choosing a tutor

  • Parents seeking a teacher to tutor their child should ensure that the tutor has a current VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) registration card.
  • Some tutors and organisations may have certificates which they claim are equivalent to teacher registration.
  • It is wise to ensure that the teacher you engage to tutor your child is a qualified expert in the subject area.