Sunday 18 February 2018

Here's how to release the novelist within you

Autumn beckons and with it the chance to get immersed in a new hobby. So if you've ever dreamt of writing a novel but didn't know where to start, here's your answer. The successful Making a Novel course, now in its second year, is a six-month guide to the art of novel writing by the international Author Rights Agency and it begins in Dublin next month.

Based in Rathgar, this is a 25-week evening course of theory, practical writing workshops and interactive sessions. Starting on September 21 it is led by course directors Svetlana Pironko and Kevin Stevens and RTE scriptwriter and novelist Ursula de Brun. There is also a great line-up of writers, including Ken Bruen (crime fiction), Siobhan Parkinson (first Irish Laureate of children's fiction), Catherine Dunne (women's fiction), Marita Conlon-McKenna (children and women's fiction), Aifric Campbell (literary) and Celine Kiernan (fantasy).

In addition to meetings with editors, publishers and literary agents, the course also includes individual assessment of your writing as well as a possibility of representation of your work by the Author Rights Agency.

Run on Wednesdays (6.30pm-8.30pm), Making a Novel is limited to 15 places and costs €2,000. To apply for a place send a short biography with your writing experience (100 words) and a sample of your prose fiction (1,000 words maximum in a Microsoft Word attachment) to writing@authorrights

The best entry will win a free place on the course. The closing date for entry is September 2, 2011. The short list will be announced on RTE 1's Arena on September 7 and the winner will be announced on September 15.

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