Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Writing Workshops in UCD: 2012/2013


WRITING WORKSHOPS, 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.
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