I frequently stand in front of a group of writers and tell them that instead of being at one of my writing classes they should be at their desks writing. But it's not totally true. I've experienced the success rate of writers who learn the basic skills in a class and go on to terrific things.
It's edifying to be able to report success. And I can. Over the past year several of the emerging writers I've worked with have had a spate of publishing contracts followed by the mandatory and so enjoyable book launches as well as short story prize winners.
On 1 February I'm back on my favourite campus. UCD's Carysfort with a writing course titled Building Story People - Creating Fictional Characters. Characters are the royalty of fiction. This course facilitates the creation of memorable characters and ensures participants acquire the skills to do so.
Due to popular demand I'm also running an updated version of online course titled Writing Historical Fiction which already has resulted in success. Congratulations to Patricia Byrne whose story, Veiled Woman of Achill which will be published by Collins Press in the spring.