Online Writing Courses

One-to-One writing support and feedback.


My online writing courses are a great success. One online student came runner up in the Penguin / RTE Guide children’s short story competition and the Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Competitions for youth! Many congratulations to Grace!

I offer online courses on an ongoing basis – throughout the academic year, for those who can’t attend weekly classes.

I also offer mentoring support to teenagers or children who have taken my classes already and would like ongoing feedback on their writing. More on that below.

The children’s and teenager’s online course consists of eight modules.

For each module, I email detailed notes for an assignment to be completed within about ten days.

Once I receive an assignment, I will reply (within seven days) with written feedback on the work, and also set the next assignment.

My tone will be positive and encouraging, praising what is good and asking the student to expand on what is not clear. I will also give suggestions for improvement.

The topics (not necessarily in this order) will include:

Writing in your own way – find your voice
Setting the scene
Writing dialogue
Character creation & Showing Character through Action
Character Development
Beginning your story
Plot
Ending a story
The Short Story
Editing our work

I can be flexible with the content of the course, so that it can be tailor made to suit each student’s needs.

The course will be carried out by email, so students will need to type up assignments (preferably into a Word Document).

Homework assignments can be up to 800 words long (less is fine). I would expect each student to spend between forty-five minutes and one hour per written assignment, and then time for typing up (depending on how fast he/she is).

The children’s and teenager’s eight module course costs €280.

For those who wish to avail of ongoing support for their writing, the price is €280 for eight assignments and individual feedback on their writing.

Mentoring is particularly suited to those who would have already completed an online or face to face writing course(s) with me and would like ongoing support with their writing.