Creative Writing Course for Teenagers

TUTOR: Eve Ainsworth is an award winning author, public speaker and creative workshop coordinator who draws from her extensive work with teenagers managing emotional and behavioural issues to write authentic, honest and real novels for young people. Eve has had her books translated in many different languages and has been nominated for the Carnegie Award four times and won several regional school awards for her teenage books. Her debut adult book will be published by Penguin Random House in 2022.

Start Date: 18th September 2021 – FULL

TIMING: 11:00am on Saturdays – 1 hour session. Start Date: September 18, 2021. End Date: October 23, 2021

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

Price: €130

Duration: six weeks

Course is limited to 8 participants.

This is a creative writing course for teenagers. If you are younger than this, you can check out our course for 7-12 years here.

You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world!

This is a group class.

The course is divided up into six modules. These are live classes through Zoom. We review the student’s work during each session, providing verbal feedback and guidance.

When you have processed the payment, please email us at info@creativewriting.ie with the student’s name and age.

Tutors email the Zoom invite before the course start date. If you don’t see the invite, please check your spam/junk folder.

Week One – Introductions & Inspiration

This session will focus on introducing each other and will then move onto inspiration and finding the ‘spark’ to write. Where can we get ideas from? How can we flip situations and/or characters we already know and create new stories? How we can use memories, or emotional moments to inspire writing?

Week Two – Character Development

This session will focus on the importance of strong characters. Will we discuss what characters are our all-time favourites and why these work for us. We will then explore various exercises to help develop well-rounded and believable characters that stand out from the page.

Week Three – Setting the Scene

This session will focus on the importance of a strong and believable setting. Settings can help to make our stories stronger and helps to improve worldbuilding. Exercises in this session will focus on strengthening the imagined world around your characters.

Week Four – The Wonder of Dialogue

Dialogue is so important to ensure that stories and characters feel real and believable. In this session we will focus on exercises to help you to develop realistic and powerful speech, internal thought and the power of body language/expression and the ‘unsaid word’.

Week Five – Beginnings, Ends and Avoiding the mid-slump.

In this session we will focus on the importance of a strong opening in a story. What draws a reader in and persuades them to continue? We will also focus on exercises to ensure that stories do not have weak endings and avoid slumps in the midway point. 

Week Six – Developing Writing Further

In this final session we will recap on all points covered and develop further. Eve will discuss ‘show not tell’ and the importance of leaving the reader wanting more. We will discuss plotting and planning and Eve will share her fundamental writing tips for moving forward with your writing and improving your skills.

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.

PAYMENT/REGISTRATION: Please note that we do not require you to fill out a registration form. Instead, please click on the ‘Check Out Securely’ button below. During the payment process you can input your name and email address which we will use to register you on the course. If you’d prefer to use another email address for the course correspondence or if you’re paying on behalf of another student, when you have processed the payment, please send the relevant email address and name for the course correspondence to info@creativewriting.ie. Once you have processed the payment, we will email you within 24 hours to confirm receipt.

 

BANK TRANSFER/LODGEMENT: if you don’t have a card to pay for the course, you can pay through bank transfer or bank lodgement. Please email us at info@creativewriting.ie for our bank details.

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