Online: The Writers' Workbench with Aiden O'Reilly
Starts: Weds 2 June 2021
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members
Course Level: Beginner
Writing is a craft and this course puts a whole toolbox of techniques and styles at your service. You'll try out a few of them and each student will find what works best for their purposes. There are two sides to writing fiction: creativity, and the process of giving shape. You will have exercises in creativity, and also exercises in writing material to a specific style or voice. Some of the mechanics of dialogue, description, and POV will be covered. There will be a particular emphasis on editing.
Week 1: Note-taking, inspiration, glimmers
Week 2: Embodied and dynamic description, effective dialogue
Week 3: Reading like a writer, styles
Week 4: Plot and structure
Week 5: Editing, punctuation pitfalls
Week 6: Developing voice
Participants will do short writing exercises in class which they can then email to the teacher.
They will also complete a longer piece which will be used in the editing class week 5.
Course Outcomes: Participants will dip into the Writers’ Toolbox and stretch their writing muscles in new directions.
Aiden O’Reilly’s debut short story collection Greetings Hero was published in 2014. He studied mathematics, and has worked as a translator, a building-site worker, an IT teacher, and a property magazine editor. He won the biannual McLaverty award, and his fiction and essays have appeared in The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Litro Magazine, The Missouri Review, the Winter Papers, the DRB, and many other places.
Praise for Aiden O'Reilly's Work:
The Irish Examiner: “O’Reilly’s very fine debut offers the reader a series of candid dispatches from a changing Europe. It is a volume defined by a sense of unease.”
The Irish Times: “…a sprawling and ambitious book that succeeds in giving a voice to the marginalised. The author lays bare these characters as they wander their lonely worlds, braving the elements.”
The Irish Independent: “ … lost male souls in search of an ill-defined identity that might give meaning to their lives.”
Totally Dublin: “O’Reilly’s voice is strong, his vision is remarkably clear, and the stories are dotted with beautiful turns of phrase.”