Monday, May 21, 2012

More Sadness for the Irish Book Publishing Industry of Irish Booksellers

Irish booksellers say shops will close and jobs go as a result of the library services contract, worth €950,000, going to Bertrams, a large British firm which will provide both adult fiction and non-fiction to libraries in the Dunaloghaire/Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal areas.

It is the first time councils bundled their library services into one big contract and Irish booksellers are fearful other authorities will do the same. Booksellers argue, and rightly so, that it is environmentally inefficient for Bertrams to import books from Ireland, apply library date labels, stamps and barcodes; cover or laminate teh books, and then ship back to Dublin. Even worse it looks as though Irish publishers could be expected to give bigger discounts to Bertrams as a wholesaler.

Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown is unaplogetic, saying it is legally obliged to pursue EU procurement procedures when buying library books.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Term: Editing

Good news from UCD's Adult Education - we're breaking ground by running courses during summer term. And  here are four weeks of intensive editing. This course complements previous 'Anatomy' courses, but also stands alone.

Title: Anatomy of Successful Editing - 17 April to 8 May 2013

In order to bring your writing or anyone else’s writing to a professional standard and particularly if you are aiming for publication of a potential bestseller, you need to acquire the ability to objectively overview and edit or re-write proficiently. While it can be difficult for writers to do a final edit on their own work, they are advised never to send out their manuscript until it is as good as they can make it. Editing is a skill that can and should be part of every writer’s talent bank
Professional editing can divided into:
(i)                Structural Editing: As well as over-view of whole, structural editing ensures structure of story, point of entry, arc of plot and development of characters with regard to plot and timescale maximising and enhancing the story. Structural Editing also makes sure loose-ends are drawn together before the resolution, and that the story throughout is in keeping with the mood of genre and era.
(ii)              Copy Editing: frequently emerging writers consider copy editing to be the only type of editing. It involves syntax, grammar, punctuation, style, technique, as well as analyzing choice of words, phrases and dialogue.
During this 4-week course we de-mystify the process of editing. The course is suitable for writers who have a body of work for editing or people interested in acquiring editing skills.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Writing Workshops in UCD: 2012/2013

Where: UCD Adult Education : Carysfort Campus
When: Wednesday mornings 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Title: Anatomy of Writing Successful Fiction (1): Plotting & Planning - 26 September to 28 November, 2012
Writing successful contemporary fiction is an acquired skill. The purpose of this course is to assist writers to complement their creativity by finding and use the skills of Plotting & Planning to construct dynamic storylines and to realise their writing dreams.
Successful Plotting is the keynote of contemporary fiction and thrives on good Planning. Plot is what happens in the story, the sequence of events that occurs as characters attempt to solve problems or reach goals. But successful Plotting needs shape and form. This is where the Planning part of Anatomy of Writing Successful Fiction comes in to ensure vibrant arc of story, dynamic beginning, middle and end; purpose, reason for being and ensuring at the end of the plot that change has occurred. Skilled Planning of Plotting maximises storyline.
The 10- modules of this course are tailor-made to suit anyone interested in writing from beginner to the more experienced writer. Only requirement is an interest in writing good fiction.  This course focuses on optimum ways of sourcing dynamic Plotting sequences and facilitates best methods of structural Planning. Primary concentration is on structuring fictional storylines (Plots) using narrative and dialogue to best advantage; structuring, various methods of plotting. Areas covered: different genres of novels, short stories and radio & stage plays. Sessions arranged to allow time for writing and constructive, individual analysis of participant’s work.

Title: Anatomy of Writing Successful Fiction (2): People & Places - 30 January to 20 March, 2013
No matter what sort of fiction you write, your story has to be populated with characters (People) and their actions have to occur in locations (Places).
Characters (People) are the royalty of fiction and one of the greatest challenges facing an author is to create compelling characters (People) that interest the reader, fit the story and respond to your plot. Whatever the action of your story, it needs to matter to your characters.
Locations, Settings, Backdrops (Places) all add spice and provide authentic backgrounds for your story. Creating a setting may be easier than creating a character but it requires serious research and planning. We have tips on writing about the pluses and minuses of places that exists and don’t exist; on creating the perfect backdrop for your characters’ actions; on how to imagine a town/city/street/house/room. A sense of place is not only about the best location to set a scene, it also creates an era, atmospheres.
The 8-modules of this course are tailor-made to suit anyone interested in writing from the beginner to the more experienced writer. Only requirement is an interest in writing good fiction to suit today’s market.  This course concentrates on practical and creative ways of inventing memorable characters (People) and Places. The main focus is on best fitting your People & Places to your storyline using narrative and dialogue, as well as style and technique to best advantage. Areas covered: different genres of novels, short stories and radio & stage plays. Sessions arranged to allow time for writing and constructive, individual analysis of participant’s work.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Veiled Woman of Achill

For writers, readers and the writing community, there’s noting quite like the launch of a new title .Recently launched in Limerick was Patricia Byrne’s The Veiled Woman of Achill, published by Collins Press, Cork.  Patricia writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She has worked in enterprise and regional economic development in the mid-west  of Ireland.

The Veiled Woman of Achill is set in the 1890s. A true playboy drama, it tells the story of landowner Agnes MacDonnell’s brutal attack and the burning of her home, Valley House, on Achill Island. Her attacker was a tenant, James Lynchehaun, the island’s wild man. The crime, trial and escapes as well as the island tensions of the time are expertly captured by Byrne who has a family interest in the story. Her great granduncle wrote extensive journals, including his account of the life of James Lynchehaun, and accounts of several fundraising trips across the United States.

Byrne writes robustly and with attention to historical detail.

If you’re interested in a good Famine read, The Veiled Woman… won’t disappoint.