Night Classes at Ó Fiaich Institute of Further Education

Autumn 2020 Programme

Night Classes at Ó Fiaich Institute of Further Education

Autumn 2020 Programme

Hobby Courses

AOF13 - Absolute Beginners Writing Course

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AOF13 - Absolute Beginners Writing Course

Duration 5 Weeks
Cost €65.00
Night Monday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
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ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS WRITING COURSE


Course: Learn to write stories, books and articles
Everyone has a story inside of them waiting to be written - this course is the key.

WEEK 1

HOW TO: structure your manusript (novels, adult and children's fiction & non-fiction).
WRITERS' TOOLS AND TIPS: Find your own voice/style/tone/genre (crime? thriller? humour? self help?).
WRITING PRACTICE - focus on openings, introductions to the story, paragraphs.
DAILY WRITERS' HABITS - journaling, generating creative ideas for your stories
HOMEWORK: To start a piece of work, either a short story or book structure
(Inspiring authors: Melissa and Barbara)

WEEK 2

HOW TO: structure your short stories and articles. Knowing the end before the beginning. importance of wordcounts. Editors' requirements for publishing.
WRITERS' TOOLS AND TIPS: Short story competition requirements. Magazine fiction short story requirements. Competitions as writing discipline.
WRITING PRACTICE: Focus on dialogue (as a way to move story and for character development, induce the readers' emotion)
DAILY WRITERS' HABITS: How to move from 50 words to 2000 words a day. Getting and remaining inspired.
HOMEWORK: Write a short fiction story for Woman's Way magazine
(Inspiring authors to talk about: Miss L/C)

WEEK 3

HOW TO: Write and submit a blog or article for a website. How to get paid for website work.
WRITERS' TOOLS AND TIPS: Contacts. Pitching your ideas to editors. Getting your work into the right hands. Approaching websites, editors and publishers with your story.
WRITING PRACTICE: Writing your life story. How to start. Compiling info, strategising chapters.
DAILY WRITERS' HABITS: revising and editing. Handling criticism. Looking at your own work objectively. Learning from writers you admire.
HOMEWORK: Go through the newspaper and find a news report that could be turned into an idea for a story. Start writing that story...(discuss themes)
(Inspiring author Ms M (teen author))

WEEK 4

HOW TO: Write brilliant endings. Keeping your reader in suspense. (Use the inspiring talking comp item as a super example). How to write to evoke emotion in the reader.
WRITERS' TOOLS AND TIPS: Flexing writing muscles every day. Equipment, discipline, and confidence you need.
WRITING PRACTICE: How to go back over your work and cut what doesn't work. Good stories and blogs v poor. Using own experiences for writing practice: How to hone in on your dialogue skills and using examples (books, short stories, articles). Secret tip for getting into the dialogue headspace.
DAILY WRITERS' HABITS. How to move on from being stuck. The secret key to going from 50 words a day to 2000.
HOMEWORK: pick a favourite section from a chapter from any book - crime/chick lit or short story for analysis. Rewrite/discuss.

WEEK 5

HOW TO: Start writing a blog or write an article for a website
WRITERS' TOOLS AND TIPS: How writers find case histories, sources, people to interview. How to use other people's real life stories for your fiction stories. Protect your copyright, and what all writers need to know about plagiarism, libel.
WRITING PRACTICE: Writing descriptive scenes. Bringing the readers' senses alive with description. Captivating V tedious. Writing flashback scenes as fillers.
DAILY WRITERS' HABITS: Breaking through difficult barriers when writing - the motivational tips used by best selling authors to get it done. How I went from 45,000 words to 93,000 words!)pla
HOMEWORK: You now have everything you need to write stories, start your first book, and send work that's professional to the correct in the magazine, digital and publishing industries. GOOD LUCK!

 

 

 

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