Teenagers Writing Course

Olive O’Brien is an author and publisher. Olive has published three children’s books. She has also published a children’s book app for the iPad. She has a Masters in Journalism and previously worked as a features writer and news reporter at The Sunday Business Post and Mid-Day newspaper. Olive blogs for hellomagazine.com and she is the director of Creative Writing Ink. Her eco-friendly book publishing company Silver Angel Publishing was shortlisted for the 2012 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards and for the Green Communications Award 2012.

Available Start Dates: This course is now closed. The next creative writing course will start on October 7th. Emma will teach this course. You can find out more by visiting her course page here.

Price: €130

Duration: six weeks

Course is limited to 10 participants.

While it states that it’s a creative writing course for teenagers, it is suitable for anyone aged 12-18.

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

This one-to-one course fits in with a student’s schedule, as 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. You will be given weekly notes and assignments to help you. Olive will read each assignment and provide written feedback. However, the main thing is to have fun when writing!

In the first week, we’ll look at how to find ideas and the importance of observation.

In the second week, we’ll examine what makes successful characters in fiction and you’ll have a chance to create your very own character.

Module 3 deals with point of view. Every piece of writing comes from a particular point of view, as in who is telling the story.

In Module 4, we’ll look at what you need to consider when you’re plotting a story and how to end a story. In Week 5 you’ll learn how to write effective dialogue. We’ll also look at setting.

For the final module, we’ll take a look at editing and how to get your work into print.

“I joined the creative writing course for teenagers as a way to get back into writing after a long period without inspiration. Six weeks later, I felt much more enthusiastic and ready to develop new ideas. Each assignment lets you exercise a different writing skill and encourages you to combine elements of writing in ways that you would never otherwise have considered. Having always kept my writing secret, I especially liked how the course enabled me to share my writing one-on-one with a professional who always gave considered and confidence-boosting feedback, rather than the anxiety-inducing situation of showing it to someone I know! I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to get back into writing or wants a good place to begin.” Jessica

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

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