Beginners Creative Writing Course

Jim Otieno-Hall is a writer, educator, and support worker. His published work includes: Upon Arrival, Drop Your Cool (2014), Boy (2015), and ELSEWHERE (forthcoming). He has served as writer-in-residence for various schools and University settings, in which he curated, edited and published anthologies of creative writing by new writers, many of whom had previously never put pen to paper.
In 2019, he worked as a programme manager for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, supporting writers of all ages and backgrounds to read and write for pleasure, running workshops and writing groups for adults and young people to develop their creative confidence.
Jim firmly believes in ‘leaving out no-one’ when it comes to accessing creativity, and that everyone has a story to tell. He cannot wait to hear yours.

DURATION: 6 weeks

Start Date: January 28, 2021 – 2 places remaining

Our beginners courses are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

FEE: €130

(If you booked a course with Doreen Duffy or Nicola Pierce for a January 12th start date, with Sheena Wilkinson, Helen Jukes or Nikki Sheehan for a January 26th start date or with Luisa Plaja for a January 27th start date, these courses are going ahead as scheduled. We just removed them from the site as they are full and to prevent overbooking)

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants. You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world!

Our Beginners Creative Writing Course is suitable for complete beginners. It’s also suitable if you haven’t written anything for a while and if you’d like to get back into a writing routine.

This one-to-one creative writing course fits in with a student’s schedule. You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online courses work here.

Please note that this is a course for adults. If you’re under 18, check out our writing for teenagers and creative writing for children courses.

Week One – Start Where?

Getting started is often the hardest part. The greatest idea of all-time pops into your head, only for a blank page to glare back. This week, we will ease that pressure by setting ourselves meaningful writing goals, making the act of starting to write feel less scary, and more possible.

Week Two – Inspiration Is Everywhere

A cat sniffing your bowl of cereal. The unexpected text message from an old friend. This week we will use what is around us to help generate and develop our writing ideas, learning how anything can find its way into a story.

Week Three – Characters That Come Alive on The Page

More than interesting description and dialogue, this week we explore the idea of a complex character, narrator, or speaker of a story, and what tips and tricks can be used to create a character that both you and your reader can truly invest in.

Week Four – If in Doubt, Describe 

This week we will look at how description can both set and turn a scene on its head. Using everything from carefully placed sensory details, to zooming in and out of the action unfolding, it’s time to let your writing truly leap off the page.

Week Five – Structure, Structure, Structure

This week we lay out what is happening, when, and where. We will explore how learning the rules, only to break them, can work powerfully when it comes to the structure of a story, and how unexpected twists and turns can surprise both writer and reader.

Week Six – What We Did, What We Will Do Next

In this week, we reflect on what we have achieved (no matter how seemingly small), before looking ahead to the steps we might take to continue writing – be that the ongoing revision of a current story or carving out space in your daily life to keep going, and growing, as a writer.

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at info@creativewriting.ie

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

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