Online Creative Writing with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Irish Writers Centre

Booked Out: Online: Nourishing Your Novel from Home with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

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Starts: Tues 11 May 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Duration: 7 weeks
Cost: €315/€284 members

Course Level: Beginner/Emerging

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

Course Summary: 

This 7-week programme will include 3 hours of tuition every week (21 contact hours in total)  and is ideal for people who have begun or are planning to begin writing their first novel.  Preferably writers should have had some previous experience with writing, but total beginners are also welcome. Participants will develop and sharpen their novel writing and learn to manage time and create headspace to write. Sarah will share her own research on creativity, and advice based on her own approach to writing novels while also juggling a day job, parenting, and the stuff of life that can get in the way of creative progress. The programme will be highly interactive and experiential and include a series of writing exercises designed to support writers; fluency, confidence and success.


Course Outline: 

Week 1: Getting started and staying motivated for the long haul

Week 2: Common errors made by writers and how to avoid them and common creative paradoxes and how to navigate them

Week 3: Sharing your work in progress: the risks and opportunities

Week 4: On plot and structure

Week 5: On character and setting

Week 6: Enhancing and editing your work

Week 7: Taking it forward: managing time, setting targets and using what you’ve learned to develop a longer term writing strategy

Course Outcomes: By the end of the programme participants will have learned about effective approaches to writing more regularly, creatively and proficiently within limited time frames, and will have learned to pursue a novel project with more pleasure, focus and success. 

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is an award winning teacher, researcher and novelist at the University of Limerick where she teaches creative writing. She was awarded a full professorship at UL in 2016 for her research and leadership in teaching and learning, and was Ireland’s inaugural chair of the board of the National Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning. She’s part of the team that delivers UL’s New York Creative Writing Summer School and is founder of UL’s Creative Writing Winter School for mid-career writers. She’s the author of 5 novels including The Apple Tart of Hope and A Strange Kind of Brave. Her next novel is due out in July 2021. Her work has been adapted for the stage and translated into over eighteen different languages. 

What Sarah's students have said of her courses:

 'Learning from Sarah has been one of the best creative experiences of my life.'

'Sarah’s sessions have meant a great deal to me and made a huge difference to my writing and my approach to it.'

'Sarah is practical and inspiring, supportive and encouraging and really helps writers to think through their approach in ways that have had lasting effects on my own practice.'

On Sarah’s novels:

Back to Blackbrick

This beautifully-written time-slip novel explores memory loss, grief and famil


Anne Turnbill, The Historical Novel Society


A pitch perfect book that had me hooked from the first page and refused to let go

Loralei Haylock, The Book Bag



The Apple Tart of Hope

This novel has hidden powers                                        

Daily Telegraph

 A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship

Louise O’Neill


The List of Real Things

Completely beguiling and funny and tender and wise

Piers Torday


A Strange Kind of Brave

This wonderful author has done it again

Mary Brigid Turner


Gripping with an incredible twist that you simply won’t see coming

Louise O’Neill

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