Online: An Introduction to Storytelling with Nathaniel McAuley Irish Writers Centre

Online: Find Your Form with Nathaniel McAuley

Starts: Mon 19 July 2021
Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Mon - Fri
Duration: 1 Week
Cost: €150/€135

Course Level: Beginner, Emerging

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Course Summary:

Join poet and playwright Nathaniel Joseph McAuley in a series of taster sessions designed to help you explore the form that will fit your potential story best. Nathaniel will facilitate your exploration through the pros and cons of poetry, prose, stage and screen through a variety of creative writing exercises and discussions in a safe and engaging learning environment. 

Course Outline:

Day 1 - Poetry

What is contemporary poetry and is it the same stuff you learned at school? 

Storytelling through poetry, how does it differ from prose? 

Day 2 - Prose 

Aristotle’s arc - how to structure your story

Short story vs long form prose, how to know when a story is done. 

Day 3 - Playwriting 

Dialogue and set design 

The psychology of theatre - Understanding audience. 

Day 4 - Screenwriting 

The script as instruction manual 

Formatting and dialogue (or lack thereof).

Day 5 - Final workshopping, showcasing plus students' Q & A 

Nathaniel Joseph McAuley is a poet and playwright from Belfast, living and working in London. He was the winner of the ACNI’s ACES Award in 2014 and currently teaches at the London Screen Academy and the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith. 


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