Online: Creating Factual and Documentary Programme Ideas with Hilary Fennell Irish Writers Centre Writing Courses

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Starts: Tues 9 Feb 2021
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members

Course Level: Emerging 

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

Course Summary: 

This course is suitable for emerging writers, established writers in different genres and those with a strong interest in an idea they feel could make a written feature article, or series of articles, for print, online, or as a radio essay - such as for RTE 1’s Sunday Miscellany. This course will introduce you to the basic skills, practices and knowledge that inform journalism. The written word is essential for new media, content creation and broadcast journalism - as well as for good communication across all sectors. The  course will look at both news and feature writing, with an emphasis on the latter. It is designed to give participants the tools to create a finished written piece.

Course Outline: 

Participants will learn through online lectures and will also work on their own project.

 Session 1

The importance of writing clearly and effectively. Writing different forms: news, features, opinion and analysis.

 Session 2

Understand basic reporting skills. Story Structure. Writing for different media: Print, Online, Radio, TV. News and Features explored. How to find, research/ and develop an idea.

Session 3

Interview techniques

Session 4

Pitching. Comparing styles. Editorial stance.

Session 5

Ethical and legal issues in content creation. Participants submit their written piece, for feedback next week.

Session 6

Participants have the opportunity to pitch their idea and to get feedback and editorial advice on their written material.

Course Outcomes: 

Participants will have a finished written piece and will have the skills to pitch their idea verbally.

Hilary Fennell is an award-winning journalist and programme maker with extensive experience of working in print, television and radio - as a writer, magazine editor, series producer and director. As a journalist, she has over twenty years’ experience in interviewing, writing and broadcasting, for various national media. So, she knows a story - and how to develop it - when she sees one. She also lectures in Broadcast Production at the National Film School and Griffith College.

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