Welcome to autumn... 'August is a Wicked Month' - so claimed Irish author Edna O'Brien in a title for one of her iconic novels. Yes, deliciously wicked in that it allows us start thinking of hibernating options.
This is the month when people's thoughts turn to filling the winter hours. What better than nestling down to writing? And now that Dublin is named UNESCO City of Literature, there's no better time for aspiring writers to start realising their dreams.
There is loads of help, including writing courses. This year I've three as part of UCD's Adult Education Programme, Wednesday mornings, Carysfort Campus - that there's a cafe with great coffee is an added bonus! Information: www.ucd.ie/adulted.
1) The Nuts & Bolts of Writing - facilitates writers to find and use their writing voice.
(2) The Plot Thickens - plots are the life blood of fiction and this course focuses on best plotting practice.
(3) Building Story People - Creating Characters - Learn the skills of populating. your stories with dynamic characters.
And there is OurWritingGroup.com, a website specifically for writers managed by Writing4all Ltd - further information: firstname.lastname@example.org. This website offers writing groups a Master Site and Private Site. As well as facilitating a substantial number of professional features, the benefits for writers are:
(1) Encouragement and promotion of creative writing
(2) Feedback and comments from peers
(3) Public exposure of members' creative output
(4) Facility to keep the creative process going
(5) Monetary awards to successful groups
Each year Writing4all will publish an anthology featuring the best of the month winners in fiction, poetry and non-fiction posted to the master site.
As for the books I've been reading. Well I've just finished the last of the Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, suspense on every page. I'm not surprised that his books have crossed the million sales on Kindle.