Date: July 1, 2024

Time: 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Duration: 1 week

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: €150 (€135 Members)

This course will take place online for 5 days from Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July.

Course Summary

With the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2025 submissions window opening on Sunday 1 September 2024, this one-week (Mon-Fri) intensive course is ideal for those who are aiming to get their manuscripts over the line!

This is a practical course for writers who are part way through writing a novel. Participants will workshop together to further the progress of their manuscripts, as well as engage in discussions on a weekly topic such as characterisation, dialogue, drama, etc., which are designed to strengthen the quality of their writing. More than twenty past participants of this course have secured book deals.

Course Outline

The course covers practical topics such as characterisation; drama; dialogue; endings; action scenes; romance; prose style and narrative voice. Each session discusses one classic example from the world of literature to focus on the issue for an hour. Then, in the second hour, participants read from their own work and get feedback.

Course Outcomes

The energy, enthusiasm and confidence to finish your novel.

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Conor Kostick is the author of a number of successful books. In 2009, he was presented with a Special Merit Award by the Reading Association of Ireland; in 2010 he was the Farmleigh Writer-in-Residence. Conor is often asked to judge literary competitions and in 2016 and 2019 was the president of the Irish jury for the EU Prize for Literature.


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