Saturday’s All Write with Fiona O’Rourke
Date: January 15, 2022
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Duration: 6 Weeks
Level: Beginner | Emerging |
Cost: €165 (€150 Members)
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)
Want to start writing or get back to the page in 2022? Saturday’s All Write for writing! Join us online for this six-week practical course of fun and thought-provoking exercises. Ideal for beginners to get started and for those returning from a winter break.
Prompts and exercises
lively group discussion
sharing of work (optional)
homework to motivate your writing in between sessions
Each week includes 3 exercises plus 1 to try at home
Week 1 Write here write now: notebook, pen, memory, imagination
Week 2 Write who you know/who you want to know
Week 3 Write what you see, hear, smell, touch, taste…all the senses plus sense of humour
Week 4 Write a what-if life — fictionalise true events
Week 5 Write a new ending
Week 6 Write a list, a future store to keep going
Homework and sharing of work are optional. Each week there will be opportunities to read brief excerpts from your work.
Participants will fill their notebooks with new work and ideas to create a personal writing project.
Fiona O’Rourke’s short stories have been published, broadcast, and translated. Her debut novel was a joint winner at the Novel Fair 2016. Since earning an MPhil in Creative Writing (TCD, 2015), she has facilitated courses in community, libraries and festivals, and provided mentorships for individuals. Her former students have gone on to be longlisted, shortlisted, and to win awards in competitions with work kickstarted on her courses.
Your course features big time in what I am writing, the poems I submitted (for Masters’ dissertation) are all from work I did at your sessions. (Shortlisted and winner in various literary competitions).
It’s great to spend a solid two hours of writing, thinking about writing and listening to other people’s thoughts. (Participant in Kickstart 21 with Irish Writers Centre).
The course exercises and activities chosen and facilitated by Fiona have been key to my advancement. (Longlisted in Fish Flash, 2nd place in Dublin Talking Statues competition, shortlisted in Wild Atlantic Way Flash).
Author David Mitchell, judge of Fish Short Story Prize on Wrong Whiskey (a story included on a reading list at Saint Mary’s College, California):
I loved this story's sense of time and place. It uses dialect especially well — one of the writer's strong suits is obviously dialogue. It treats the reader like an intelligent adult by leaving a trail of clues — not about who committed the crime, but that a crime is happening, right now.