Online: Nourishing Your Novel from Home with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Starts: Tues 11 May 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Duration: 7 weeks
Cost: €315/€284 members
Course Level: Beginner/Emerging
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)
This 7-week programme will include 3 hours of tuition every week (21 contact hours in total) and is ideal for people who have begun or are planning to begin writing their first novel. Preferably writers should have had some previous experience with writing, but total beginners are also welcome. Participants will develop and sharpen their novel writing and learn to manage time and create headspace to write. Sarah will share her own research on creativity, and advice based on her own approach to writing novels while also juggling a day job, parenting, and the stuff of life that can get in the way of creative progress. The programme will be highly interactive and experiential and include a series of writing exercises designed to support writers; fluency, confidence and success.
Week 1: Getting started and staying motivated for the long haul
Week 2: Common errors made by writers and how to avoid them and common creative paradoxes and how to navigate them
Week 3: Sharing your work in progress: the risks and opportunities
Week 4: On plot and structure
Week 5: On character and setting
Week 6: Enhancing and editing your work
Week 7: Taking it forward: managing time, setting targets and using what you’ve learned to develop a longer term writing strategy
Course Outcomes: By the end of the programme participants will have learned about effective approaches to writing more regularly, creatively and proficiently within limited time frames, and will have learned to pursue a novel project with more pleasure, focus and success.
What Sarah's students have said of her courses:
'Learning from Sarah has been one of the best creative experiences of my life.'
'Sarah’s sessions have meant a great deal to me and made a huge difference to my writing and my approach to it.'
'Sarah is practical and inspiring, supportive and encouraging and really helps writers to think through their approach in ways that have had lasting effects on my own practice.'
On Sarah’s novels:
Back to Blackbrick
This beautifully-written time-slip novel explores memory loss, grief and famil
Anne Turnbill, The Historical Novel Society
A pitch perfect book that had me hooked from the first page and refused to let go
Loralei Haylock, The Book Bag
The Apple Tart of Hope
This novel has hidden powers
A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship
The List of Real Things
Completely beguiling and funny and tender and wise
A Strange Kind of Brave
This wonderful author has done it again
Mary Brigid Turner
Gripping with an incredible twist that you simply won’t see coming