Creative Writing Course in Dublin
Many years ago (more than I care to remember) when I first started writing seriously, I attended a Creative Writing Course at a literary festival in Listowel, a small town in the south-west of Ireland.
It was a revelation. For the first time, I was able to acknowledge that I wanted to be a writer: that I was, in fact, already a writer, although a very new and inexperienced one. Those five days allowed me to live my dream in a warm, supportive and encouraging atmosphere. I immersed myself in the craft of writing, and responded to the call of my imagination.
I have facilitated many creative writing courses since those early days, and I always aim to reproduce that intense and formative experience for the students I teach.
A Creative Writing Course with an Italian twist
This July, I am fortunate to work with the Irish writer, Lia Mills, in a course we have devised specifically to meet the needs of aspiring writers from Italy.
The aim of our writing course is, above all, to nurture the author. We aim to provide the writer with the time and space to be him – or herself; to allow each individual the freedom to answer the call of the imagination and to explore the craft of writing, the hopes and terrors of being a ‘beginning writer’.
Found In Translation
Creative writing course
- July 31st, August 4th, 2017
- Istituto Italiano Di Cultura
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As experienced professional writers, we understand the value of taking ‘time out’ from ordinary daily routines in order to concentrate on writing. During this five-day course in Dublin we will discuss, explore and practise the craft of creative writing. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, this course will give you the opportunity to discover your narrative voice and to engage with the processes of writing, rewriting and editing.
It is important to give each participant as much individual attention as possible, and to that end, the group will be limited to 20 people. Each morning, participants will attend workshops with both tutors. During these sessions we will engage in practical exercises and discussion and explore ways in which participants can progress their own creative projects within the group.
Each participant will have the benefit of a one-to-one session with the tutors during the course, to discuss his or her individual progress. There will also be writing time in the afternoons, to facilitate the development of each individual’s work. These solitary, quiet hours are essential to the work of the course. They allow each writer to confront the blank page, to develop the discipline that writing requires and to flex the muscles of the imagination.
At the end of the course, participants will read their work aloud to the group, and the tutors will offer individual feedback.
We hope that you will experience what Richard Hugo calls that ‘single microscopic moment of personal triumph’ – that you write a sentence, or a paragraph or even a phrase that exceeds your wildest expectations.
The visit to Dublin will also be an opportunity to engage with an Irish audience. With the kind cooperation of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, we have scheduled one evening event where each course participant will present a brief personal view of some aspect of Italian culture to an interested audience.
You can speak about books, or film, or sport, or family, or food, or fashion, or growing up in a changing society: in short, you are free to express yourself on any topic of your choice! We look forward to a lively exchange of views.
We are well aware that writing is work: hard work.
But it’s also a lot of fun.
Our course offers you an opportunity to engage imaginatively with the story you want to tell; it will allow you the time and space to explore your project in the supportive atmosphere of your peers; and it will send you home with a deeper understanding of how to nurture your creativity into the future.