Booked Out: Online: Writing Popular Fiction with Emily Hourican
Start: Mon 22 June 2020
Time: 18.30 pm – 20.30 pm
Duration: 6 Weeks
Cost: €165/€150 Members
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
The boundaries between fiction genres have become blurred in recent years, and this is a great thing. There is no reason at all why 'popular' fiction should not also be ambitious, beautifully-constructed and carefully written. On this course, you will learn how to write compelling, readable fiction that is both popular, and profound. The course will use a hands-on and practical approach to pace, plot, characterisation and narrative techniques, and is aimed at those who are keen to really nail their writing skills.
Emily Hourican is a best-selling author, journalist and award-winning editor with a strong public profile. Her first book, a memoir around motherhood, How To (Really) Be A Mother, was published by Gill Books in 2013, and described by eminent UK psychologist Oliver James as 'really excellent'. Her first novel, The Privileged, was a top 10 best-seller for 12 weeks, and short-listed for an Irish Book Award in the Best Popular Fiction category.
Since then she has published three more novels, most recently The Outsider (2019) – “...an incredibly stirring novel, a seductive tale that will captivate the reader from the opening pages” (writing.ie) – all published by Hachette Ireland. Her next novel is due out in October 2020, published simultaneously by Hachette and Headline UK.
As a journalist, she has nearly 20 years writing on a broad range of topics for The Sunday Independent, The Gloss, Image and many other publications. She has taught creative writing privately and at the Dalkey Creates festival, and mediated public interviews with writers including Emilie Pine, Marian Keyes and Arnold Fanning.