Online: Kickstart 21 with Fiona O'Rourke
Starts: Mon 11 Jan 2021
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 4 Weeks
Course Level: Beginner
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
Want to start writing or get back to the page in 2021? The only way to write is to write and this course will focus on 21 writing exercises to build the writing muscle.
Join Kickstart 21, a four-week practical course for beginners to get started and for those returning to writing from a break.
The course includes:
fun and thought-provoking prompts
lively group discussion
sharing of work (optional)
homework prompts to write in between sessions
Each week includes 4 exercises plus 1 to try at home, with 2 homework prompts in week 4.
Week 1 All you need to write: notebook, pen, memory, imagination
Week 2 All the senses: see, hear, smell, touch, taste, plus sense of humour
Week 3 Your soundtrack: musical inspiration
Week 4 Future store to keep going
Homework and sharing of work is optional. Each week there will be opportunities to read brief excerpts from your work.
Participants will fill their notebooks with new work and ideas to create a personal writing project.
Fiona O’Rourke’s short stories have been published, broadcast, and translated. Her debut novel was a joint winner at the Novel Fair 2016. Since earning an MPhil in Creative Writing (TCD, 2015), she has facilitated courses in community, libraries and festivals, and provided mentorships for individuals. She holds the QQI Special Purpose Award in Training & Development. Some of her former students have gone on to be longlisted, shortlisted, and to win awards in competitions with work kickstarted on her courses.
What people say about Fiona's courses:
"Your course features big time in what I am writing, the poems I submitted (for Masters’ course) are all from work I did at your sessions. (Shortlisted in various competitions)."
"I particularly appreciated that we were writing and that you “held” us within a particular area. You’ve given me lots to think about and more importantly to practice."
"The course exercises and activities chosen and facilitated by Fiona have been key to my advancement. (Longlisted in Fish Flash, won 2nd place in Dublin Talking Statues competition)."