Date: January 16, 2024

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Level: Emerging |

Cost: Cost: €240 (€220 Members)

Location: Irish Writers Centre

This course will take place in person on Tuesdays (eight sessions in total). 

Course Summary

The focus is on writing as a craft, with a toolbox of techniques at your disposal. We will try a few and participants can see what works best for their purposes. Two pillars of the course are: Reading as a Writer, and Editing.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introductions, glimmers

Week 2: Reading Like a Writer

Week 3: Phenomenological approach

Week 4: Dialogue & descriptions

Week 5: Minimalism and different styles

Week 6: Plot and structure

Week 7: Editing techniques, typical typos

Week 8: Discussing edits, developing voice

Participants will do short exercises in class and they can revise them at home and email them to the teacher.

Course Outcomes

Participants will dip into the writers’ toolbox and stretch their writing muscles in new directions.

Aiden O’Reilly’s debut short story collection Greetings Hero was published in 2014. He studied mathematics, and has worked as a translator, a building-site worker, an IT teacher, and a property magazine editor. He won the biannual McLaverty award, and his fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Litro Magazine, The Missouri Review, the Winter Papers, the DRB, and many other places.


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