Writing Popular Fiction with Emily Hourican Irish Writers Centre

Booked Out: Online: Writing Popular Fiction with Emily Hourican

Start: Wed 30 Sept 2020
Time: 18.30 pm – 20.30 pm
Duration:  6 Weeks
Cost: €165/€150 Members

Course Level: Beginner

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Please note that a class will not take place on Wed 14 Oct, therefore the course will end on Wed 11 Nov

Course Summary: 

The boundaries between fiction genres have become blurred in recent years, and this is a great thing. There is no reason at all why 'popular' fiction should not also be ambitious, beautifully-constructed and carefully written. On this course, you will learn how to write compelling, readable fiction that is both popular, and profound. The course will use a hands-on and practical approach to pace, plot, characterisation and narrative techniques, and is aimed at those who are keen to really nail their writing skills through practical application.

Course Outline: 

Over the six weeks you will learn about:

Narrative voice

Point of View




Strong openings

Participants will be producing work throughout the course; the best way to learn is to do! There will be writing time set aside in each session, and participants will be encouraged to work on these pieces between sessions also.

Course Outcomes: 

Participants will take away a good, strong understanding of the fundamentals of writing fiction. They will also learn to critique their own work and the work of others - both established, published writers, and emerging writers like themselves as well as enthusiasm for their work and self-belief.

Emily Hourican is a best-selling author, journalist and award-winning editor. Her first novel, The Privileged, was a top 10 best-seller for 12 weeks, and short-listed for an Irish Book Award in the Best Popular Fiction category. 

Since then she has published four more novels, most recently The Glorious Guinness Girls (September 2020), which is published simultaneously by Hachette and Headline UK, and Grand central Publishing in the US.

As a journalist, she has nearly 20 years experience. She has taught creative writing and mediated public interviews with writers including Emilie Pine, Marian Keyes and Arnold Fanning. 

Reviews of Emily Hourican's work:

The Outsider:

 “A brilliant blend of sweeping satisfying family drama with a tense undercurrent of psychological thriller.”
- The Sunday Independent

 “An intelligent and fascinating portrayal of human behaviour with equally intriguing characters… quite simply a wonderful read.”
- writing.ie

 The Blamed:

 “Skillful, evocative and moving… This is one of those books that stays with you after you’ve read it.”
- Sinead Moriarty

White Villa:

“The Privileged was a compelling, cleverly-constructed page-turner… White Villa is every bit as good, with such well-drawn characters you just have to find out what happens to them… the perfect holiday read.”
- The Gloss

The Privileged:

"a Circle of Friends for the 21st century"

- The Irish Times



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