Research for Non-Fiction Writing with Kevin Connolly Irish Writers Centre

Propel: Online: Research for Non-Fiction Writing with Kevin Connolly

Starts: Sat 6 March
Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm 

Duration: 3 Weeks
Cost: €96/€87

Level: Professional Development (also suitable for writers beginning to write non-fiction)

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

Course Summary: 

Research is the life-blood of non-fiction writing, and often of fiction also. This workshop/course is designed to help the writer identify and explore sources of information that may be useful to them in their writing projects. With an emphasis on online research, the workshop/course introduces links to databases and other online sources. It also seeks to show how information gathering can be structured and stored in useful and simple methods for ease of access. It also presents guidelines to help evaluate the quality of research.

Course Outline: 

The workshop is divided into the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. What’s it for?
  3. The Research
  4. Citation Style
  5. Plagiarism
  6. Collecting and Storing Research
  7. The Writing

 The course/workshop will be divided into the sub-sections as listed in Course Outline (above). Also see Powerpoint presentation attached for how these sections are explored.

Participants will be set brief research projects that would be related to their own specific areas of interest.

Course Outcomes: 

On completion of this course the participants will have improved and enhanced their research techniques and discovered new and free sources of reliable sources of information, as well as the ability to differentiate between good and untrustworthy sources.

They will have the tools to structure , store, and access their research

Kevin Connolly is the author of Yeats and Sligo, Brandon Books, 2010 and Arise and Go: W.B. Yeats and the People and Places that Inspired Him, O’Brien Press, 2019. His writings have been published in journals and newspapers both in Ireland and abroad. He possesses a Masters Degree in Library Science with an emphasis on academic research. Kevin was the founder and owner of The Winding Stair Bookshops and Cafés in Dublin and Sligo (1982-2006). He lives in rural Sligo.

Reviews of Arise and Go: W.B. Yeats and People and Places that Inspired Him (O’Brien Press, 2019).

“The idea of place runs like a river through the life and works of the poet and playwright W.B. Yeats. This book focuses on his time in Dublin, London, Sligo and elsewhere in the west of Ireland, embracing the homes, landscapes and people that impacted his life and stimulated his vast body of work. Meet the poet’s father, the struggling artist John Butler Yeats; his mother Susan, his five siblings: Lily and Lolly, guiding lights in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement; Jack, the renowned painter; and Bobbie and Jane Grace, who died in infancy. Meet William Morris, John O’Leary, Katharine Tynan, George Moore, Oscar Wilde, Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, George Hyde-Lees, and, of course, Maud Gonne, as well as countless others who helped weave the cloth of Yeats’s poetic gift.” (Book blurb)

 “I must say the author does a masterful job. If you like Yeats, this is a wonderful book. If you've never met any of Yeats's poems, this book introduces you to many of them in the greater context of describing the places Yeats lived and the people he was close to.” (Paul Coleman, USA)

Connolly’s impressive tome introduces us to the great poet’s family, friends, lovers and cultural icons who helped embroider the cloth of Yeats’s poetic gift. (The Irish Post)

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