Online: Emerging Writers Creative Non-Fiction with Orla Tinsley Writing Classes Irish Writers Centre Dublin

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Starts: Tues 1 June 2021
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Duration:  6 Weeks
Cost: €180/€168 Members

Course level: Emerging

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Course Summary: 

What creative possibilities do stories hold?  How can you transform the raw material of your life into a work of Creative Nonfiction? The writer Vivan Gornick says that the important factor in this task is figuring out ''who is speaking, what is being said and what is the relation between the two”.

In this workshop, through close analytical readings and feedback, you will develop a deeper understanding of craft and collaboration. Through group workshops, and in solo writing conferences with the course facilitator, you will discuss your work and discover ways to develop and sustain your writing practice.

Course Outline: 

This class will run in traditional writing workshop structure. Participants will submit 3-5 pages of their best work to the facilitator prior to the first class meeting. This workshop will be a warm and welcoming environment that's ready to get down to the business of writing. You are expected to arrive with a rough idea for a book length project or a series of long-form narrative pieces that you intend to publish. You may even leave with lifelong creative partnerships. Feedback will come from classmates and from additional one-on-one critique with the workshop facilitator on alternate weeks.


Orla Tinsley is an award-winning writer, educator and activist. She has an MFA from Columbia University where she began teaching Creative Writing in 2018. That same year she received the Human Rights Award from The Bar of Ireland for her work as an activist and educator. Her memoir Salty Baby was nominated for an Irish Book Award in 2011 and her documentary, Warrior, was nominated for a New York Film and TV Award in 2019. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, Small Orange Journal, The Irish Independent and MarketWatch.

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