Booked Out: Online: The Fundamentals of Fiction with William Ryan
Starts: Thurs 15 April 2021
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 4 Weeks
Course Level: Beginner
All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)
Please note: Due to the interactive nature of this course, Zoom sessions will be recorded and participants' email addresses shared to facilitate feedback on your work
This course provides the nuts and bolts of prose fiction, along with individual feedback on offer. There will be takeaway exercises to apply to your own writing outside of the group and also weekly writing deadlines in place (ie if your work is to be looked at by the course tutor and included in discussion at the beginning of the next session).
Session1: Techniques of Prose Fiction, including the use of point of view for narration, present tense vs. past tense, elements of style, handling descriptions followed by a workshop based around submitted work.
Session 2: Writing Place, including how to construct the setting in which your story will take place, the importance of research and observation and how to use it, how to create an atmosphere that works for your story and the importance of identifying the dramatic world that will contain your story.
Session 3: Writing Scenes, including identifying the purpose of a scene, how to begin scenes, how to end them, the benefits of subtexts and how to introduce them and the need for conflict, followed by a workshop based around submitted work.
Session 4: Dialogue, including the function of dialogue, how to carry dialogue, creating character dialogue styles and the importance of conflict, motivation and control in dialogue, followed by a workshop based around submitted work.
Course materials: slides, audio recording from each session to be distributed.
Outside of the two and a half hour sessions:
Students will be set 1000 word exercises (or can submit existing work) which will be used in the workshop part of the sessions, if submitted. However, it’s up to students if/when they carry them out or if they choose to submit them at all.
William Ryan’s novels have been shortlisted for numerous prizes including the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. The Constant Soldier was described by The Daily Mail as "subtle, suspenseful and superb" and The Irish Times called A House of Ghosts “an intelligent, absorbing, exquisitely spooky mystery”