TUTOR: Olive O’Brien is an author and publisher. Olive has published three children’s books, Perry the Playful Polar Bear, Perry the Polar Bear Goes Green and Eco Zico. 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.
DURATION: 4 weeks
Start Date: 30th January 2018. THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED. The next available beginners creative writing course starts on January 30th, with Doreen Duffy. It runs for six weeks. For further details on the six-week course, visit this page.
Places are strictly limited to 5 participants.
If you’re going on holidays during the course and need to take a course break while you are away, we’d be happy to accommodate you.
Our Online 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.
There will be weekly notes and assignments to help you. Each assignment will be read by your tutor and you’ll receive weekly written feedback on your assignments.
But the main thing is to have fun during the course!
(1) Introduction – In Module 1, we’ll take a look at the importance of observation and the power of memory.
(2) Characters – In the second week, we’ll examine what makes successful characters in fiction.
(3) Plot and Endings. In Module 3, we’ll look at how to generate ideas. We will also examine conflict in a story. Finally, we’ll take a look at endings and some do’s and don’t’s!
(4) Dialogue. In the final week, we’ll give you some tips on how to write effective dialogue.
“I found the course incredibly useful for establishing a practice of writing, the exercises are extremely useful and Olive’s feedback is valuable, inspiring and encouraging. I would highly recommend the course to anyone toying with the idea of it- it is certainly something you would never regret.” Jen
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Our next Beginners Creative Writing (Four Weeks) course starts on 30/01/2018
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