This course is designed to allow young people to gather together in a creative environment where the common language is the art of storytelling. There will be opportunities in each 2-hour session to write first drafts, to learn about the craft of writing and to discuss each other’s edited drafts in an encouraging, enlightened manner. The emphasis is on having opportunities to express yourself through the written and spoken word.
This course takes you through the elements of craft that are needed to tell any story, whether it is fiction or creative non-fiction (sometimes referred to as memoir). The focus of this course is to give you the tools to express yourself creatively.
Each week the lesson is divided into three sections, (a) A prompted free-writing exercise, (b) Instruction and discussion on one element of craft based on a handout and (c) the weekly reading assignment, a workshop of the weekly writing assignment from three students.
- Memoir/Biography/Autobiography -
If you have a story you want to record for posterity or an interest in something or someone specific that you would like to write about, then this may be the course you are looking for. Through prompted written exercises, instruction in the art of writing and the sharing of your work you will be encouraged and guided through the processes involved in writing about fact in a creative manner.
Every writer knows what Patrick Kavanagh meant in Iniskeen Road, July Evening when he said:
“I have what every poet hates in spite
Of all the solemn talk of contemplation…”
He was referring to the loneliness, the isolation of the artist, which is how it has to be when you are writing. You write alone, but here in the Kildare Writing Centre we recognise the importance of being part of a writing community, having at least one significant other that you can share and collaborate with on all things literary. Some writers will have a special reader, someone they trust to read their early drafts and offer advice and guidance. This, however, is the exception rather than the norm.
The Emerging Writers Course is a facilitated meet-up of like-minded writers where you will get an opportunity to (a) write and share a first-draft piece of writing, (b) discuss the works of established writers focusing on specific aspects of craft, and (c) workshop extracts from your current manuscripts.
If after the first five weeks the group wishes to continue the course will roll over to a follow-up five weeks and so on in to the future.
This is an introduction to writing the novel or a collection of short stories. The course looks at the opening pages of any work and what it is the writer needs to do to keep the reader reading. Over the course of the weekend the writer will (a) be informed on the major elements of craft, (b) participate in prompted free-writing exercises, (c) share extracts from their own work, and (d) discuss the works of established writers.
We can bring our courses and workshops to your venue, numbers permitting. Drop a line or call and we can work out the possibilities together.
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