Writer and Research

VCE English and Literature Information Session

February 22nd, 2017  |  Published in e-news, English teacher resource, Secondary school education, VCE English teaching, Writer and Research

Upcoming event was publicised on Steve Martin’s breakfast show at the ABC Ballarat studio Tuesday 21st February.
This is a free event

Hosted by the  Ballarat Mechanics Institutes (BMI). Closer to the event The Courier (local newspaper) has offered to promote this event as a Media Flash and ABC Ballarat are interested to further publicise this event.
The first session will be held @ the BMI, Wednesday 22nd March 2017, from 7 – 8.30pm
The presentation includes:
• Finding the resources you need
• Tips on how to develop crucial research skills
• Learn the essentials from an Experienced English teacher who operated a successful tutoring service to VCE students for 12 years.
• Skills and advice learned at this session are applicable to other VCE subjects and tertiary studies.
• Find out how to best tackle each aspect of the course and address the key criteria of each area of study.
• Gain a head start for your exam preparation.
The idea for this event was prompted by my experience as an English teacher and private tutor.
Beyond the school setting education services and resources are readily available and for many years have been big business. However, many parents and students are often lost in terms of finding the best assistance and how to gain the most from the resources that they purchase. Many students and their parents are unaware that many of valued added VCE resources are free.

Cosmo’s Factory Revisited

November 22nd, 2016  |  Published in music appreciation, music history, Reviews, Writer and Research

Review essay available November.

cosfaccover1Cosmo’s Factory Revisited is a tribute to John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. A review and appreciation of a classic rock album.

“Cosmo’s Factory is the fifth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), released by Fantasy Records in July 1970 and released as Fantasy 8402, the same month as the single release of “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” b/w “Long as I Can See the Light”. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed early in their career. It was dubbed “The Factory” by drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, because bandleader John Fogerty made them practice there almost every day.” – Wikipedia


Upcoming – extended essay and tribute to John Fogerty

July 2nd, 2016  |  Published in e-news, music appreciation, music criticism, Writer and Research

Local paper Manningham Leader featured a news item June 20th on me (Doncaster author)

fogerty 1969

A tribute to John Fogerty after attending the John Fogerty concert live in Melbourne 2012

Quote from article

‘…English teacher said she needed to tread carefully so as to avoid any copyright breaches.

‘McClenaghan nominated CCR’s 1970 album Cosmo’s Factory as her favourite. She was happy to see Fogerty continue to perform some of the songs as a solo artist in recent years.’

To read more go to Lynette McClenaghan Author and Manningham Business Network Facebook pages.

Amazon Reviews

November 26th, 2015  |  Published in Amazon reviews, Horror, Reviews, Self Publishing, traditional gothic, Writer and Research

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Writer and research work includes reading and reviewing the work of fiction and non-fiction writers

Reviews also extend to film and music.

I am currently ranked under 6,000 with a 86% helpful status among more than 33 million reviewers.

My latest reviews include:

Stephen King’s: Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Del Toro’s latest: film Crimson Peak

For something completely different: The Poldark Series (TV and novels)

Follow this link to my Amazon reviews and profile page.

VCE Tip – Teachers as writers in the ever-evolving landscape of Indi self-publishing.

November 24th, 2015  |  Published in English teacher resource, Writer and Research

Early December I will be attending the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) Annual State Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-publishing Myths & Facts

November 24th, 2015  |  Published in e-news, Self Publishing, Writer and Research

Over a year ago I wrote five myths about self-publishing and where appropriate I post about self-publishing and the Indi author on my social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

Review – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

July 22nd, 2015  |  Published in Amazon reviews, Creative non-fiction, Dark Tales, film, Reviews, Social Issues, Writer and Research

Essential Classic of a creative non-fiction that exploits the best elements of fiction and a compelling read Read the rest of this entry »

Review – To Kill a Mockingbird

July 22nd, 2015  |  Published in Amazon reviews, English teacher resource, film, Reviews, Self Publishing, Writer and Research

Timeless classic that speaks to a diverse readership Read the rest of this entry »

Glimpse at Harper Lee’s New Novel

July 11th, 2015  |  Published in Literary comparison, Reviews, Self Publishing, Social Issues, Writer and Research

To Set A Watchman Read the rest of this entry »

Review – this read will appeal to readers of crime and noir

July 10th, 2015  |  Published in Dark Tales, facebook friends, Self Publishing, Thriller, Writer and Research

Gabriel’s Wing is classy noir Read the rest of this entry »