Writing Courses

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Summer Term Classes

Children’s Classes run from after the Easter Holidays for ten weeks until the third week in June.

Teenage and adult classes run from after the Easter Holidays for six weeks until late in May.

Pricing

The cost of the children’s course is €65 for five weeks or €125 for ten weeks (discount of €5 when you pay for ten weeks altogether).

The cost of the teenage five week course in Loughshinny is €65.

The cost of the teenage six week course in Malahide is €85. (a small group)

The cost of the adult six week course is €135.


5.15 - 6.15pm
(11 – 16 yr olds)
Loughshinny Community Centre, Loughshinny.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]

4.00 - 5.00pm
(7 – 12 yr olds)
St. Sylvester’s Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]
5.00 - 6.00pm
(7 – 12 yr olds)
St. Sylvester’s Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]
6.00 - 7.00pm
(11-16 yr olds)
St. Sylvester’s Parish Community Centre, Malahide.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]

3.00 - 4.00pm
(7 – 12 yr olds)
Skerries Mills, Skerries.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]
4.00 - 5.00pm
(7 – 12 yr olds)
Skerries Mills, Skerries.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]

 
4.00 - 5.00pm
(7 – 12 yr olds)
Skerries Mills.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]

10.30 - 12.30pm
Adult Class
Skerries / Loughshinny, Co. Dublin.

The adult course runs for six weeks from 17th April – 22nd May.
The six week course costs €135.
[Book Online] or [download booking form]


My Creative Writing Courses suit children, teenagers and adults of all ages.

My adult classes focus on short stories and novel writing for adults or for children. We cover all of the main topics in fiction writing, as well as how to make friends with our inner critic, make time for writing, and enjoy it. Yes, it’s fun!!

Classes usually run in eight week blocks on Friday mornings in Skerries / Loughshinny.

Children begin attending my classes from about eight years old (seven year-olds are welcome if they can write at least one half page independently). I teach children mad about stories, gifted children, children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and every type of child in-between.

Children’s weekly children’s classes take place in Skerries Mills, Donabate, Malahide and Loughshinny.
Term classes run in blocks from September until early June.

Many children attend classes term after term, year after year, building on what they have learned, exploring new material and expanding their knowledge and writing skills. After attending my writing classes for several terms, children tend do extremely well in English in secondary school.

My weekly classes book up quickly, but if you would like to be put on a waiting list for the following term, please let me know and I will contact you when I am accepting new bookings.

My focus is on having fun, letting the creative side run free and teaching the many skills of writing fiction.

My students have had stories published and won national writing competitions. Most recently students have won the Listowel Writers’ Week Short Story Competition for Youth – (under 12) 2013 & 2014, and came 2nd in (under 9) 2014. They have also won The Dalkey Festival Four Forty Competition for children aged 9 -11 years 2013, Ireland’s Own Magazine Short Story Competition (Adult Beginners) 2012 and The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries Adult Short Story Competition 2012.

Creating Believable and interesting characters.
  • Interviewing Characters.
  • Writing Character Curriculum Vitae’s.
  • Revealing character through conflict and action. (Showing not telling)
Writing believable Dialogue
  • Punctuating Dialogue.
  • Writing speech and action tag lines.
  • Revealing Character through Dialogue. (Showing not telling)
  • Giving each character a distinct voice.
Plot.
  • Beginning your story – grabbing the reader’s attention.
  • Structuring your story – beginning, middle, climax, and wrapping up the loose ends.
  • The Hero’s Journey.
Completing your story.
  • Finishing with a twist.
  • Editing your work.
  • Submitting your work to magazines/competitions.

Students are encouraged to read out their work, but never forced, and receive supportive and constructive feedback. If you would like more information, please contact me through the contact page.

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