Writing that Short Story with Pauline Clooney
Date: June 8, 2022
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Level: Beginner | Emerging |
Cost: €120 (€108 Members)
This course takes you through the craft of writing the short story. It introduces you to the masters of the form, both classical and contemporary, and affords you the opportunity to write a story each week or work on one story intensely over the four weeks.
The course consists of 4 weekly 2-hour sessions structured as follows:
- Introductory chat followed by a prompted 10-minute written exercise.
- An instructive session, based on a PowerPoint/handout on the art of writing where a different element of craft is explored each week.
- A short discussion referencing the weekly reading assignment.
- Workshopping weekly written assignments from at least two students.
- Concluding chat about the writing plans for the week ahead.
The elements of craft covered each week are as follows:
Week 1: Introduction to the short form and story openings.
Week 2: Characterisation, exploring how characters drive a story, or perhaps more accurately, how a character’s desire for something drives the story.
Week 3: Dialogue, what it is used for and what it is never used for.
Week 4: Setting, how time and place can add to your story.
The aim of this course is that every student will have written at least one complete short story by Week 4, but more importantly that they have acquired the skills and motivation to continue writing stories.
Pauline Clooney, an award-winning writer, originally from Laois, now lives in Kildare. Her novel, Charlotte & Arthur, published by Merdog Books, described in the Irish Examiner as, ‘An utter joy…’, was listed by Eilís ní Dhuibhne in the Irish Times as one of her books of 2021.
Pauline is the 2021 recipient of the Dennis O Driscoll literary bursary awarded by Kildare County Council.
Her short stories are published in anthologies such as Come into the House: Tales of Secrets, History, and Mystery, and HCE Review, Arts and Literary Journal. In 2015 Pauline won the Penguin Ireland/ RTE Guide short story competition.
Pauline Clooney is a born storyteller and this, her debut novel, is a true delight. Enthusiasm, energy and a deep knowledge of her subject shine through the pages. Imaginative and sensitive, this novel reveals the real Charlotte, as perhaps only a loving reader and a great storyteller can.
Eilís Ní Dhuibhne
A masterly work of skill and commitment, no stone or sod is left unturned in this fantastic recreation of Charlotte Brontë’s honeymoon in Ireland.
I thoroughly enjoyed this poignant novel. It has warmth and humour, and its sensitive depiction of an intimate relationship is a glimpse of a largely untold part of Charlotte’s life, while remaining respectful to the Brontë legacy.
Leisure and Lifestyle Editor, Telegraph & Argus, Yorkshire
If I've discovered nothing else this year, it's that with the right instructors ANYTHING is possible. I should have studied with Pauline Clooney years ago but then everything happens in its own good time. She has me for life now.
Pauline is a fabulous teacher, encouraging and interesting as she takes you through the mysteries of short story writing. She expects you to achieve, and you do.