Monday, May 2, 2011


Hello again,

May is the month where the adult education administrators of UCD plan the courses for autumn 2011 and spring 2012. I’ve been pitching courses to meet the requirements of emerging and writers wishing for publication.

No previous writing experience is required for any of the courses, although an interest in the power of words and enthusiasm for writing is a decided advantage.

For the autumn, 2011 we’re offer a 10-week course titled The Nuts & Bolts of Writing & Plotting Fiction. The purpose of this course is to assist writers to find and use their voice to achieve their writing dreams. Writing is based on a combination of life experiences (nuts) and imagination (bolts). This course facilitates the discovery of creativity and its use to put the nuts and bolts of life into writing in a structured way which is where Plotting comes in. Focus is on: storylines, structuring, various methods of plotting and locations, as well as narration and dialogue. Areas covered include short stories, novels and plays. Sessions arranged to allow time for writing and constructive analysis.

In Spring of 2012, we’ve a 6-week course titled Building Story People – Creating Fictional Characters Characters are the royalty of fiction. No matter what sort of fiction you write, your story has to be populated with characters. The majority of characters, if not all, have to be created from scratch. While there is no instant solution to the creation of memorable fictional characters, there are tried and tested Do’s and Don’t’s. That’s what we’ll explore during this course. The sessions are arranged to allow time for writing and constructive analysis.

While The Nuts & Bolts of Writing & Plotting Fiction and Building Story People – Creating Characters are stand-alone courses, they are complemented by:

Intensive Fiction which we’re hoping to run as a 5-morning course later in Spring 2012. This will best suit those who have a body of work that would benefit from intensive structuring, editing, etc.

Because we use one-to-one and group participation, the results of these courses are good – several published, many awards and even more discovering the joy of the written word, and all that goes with it.

On completion of these courses participants will be able to:
• Assess their own creativity, realise their writing potential and developed their writing voice
• Channel personal life experiences towards writing

• Be familiar with finding and developing ideas, structuring writing, research and acquiring skills in style and technique.
• Know and meet requirements of today’s market.
• Create dynamic fictional characters using both modern and traditional methods
• Use life experience to research the creation of memorable characters
• Work their characters to forward and enhance storylines, boost emotional landscaping, etc
• Create the best characters for whatever story the writer is working on

Despite having an outline for the courses, the final content is dictated by the requirements of those taking part.

If you're any queries do contact me on Further information at and

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