Creative Writing Courses
Maureen O'Shaughnessy

2018 courses

     "Writing Your Stories"
  2  dates and locations to choose from
                  * St Yrieux    Sunday, August 20     @ Café Chateau de Gateaux  
         * Exidieul    Sunday, September 10  @ Le Patio Café  
Classes 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. 39 €. (1 hour lunch-break 1.00-2.00pm)

This introduction to creative writing course focuses on finding your unique writer's voice and how to turn your ideas, memories and experiences into writing. In a relaxed and informal atmosphere you will be walked through the tools that go towards developing effective writing – character, plot, scene-setting, dialogue, imagery – as well as some of the technical aspects and different effects they create. By sharing ideas, with feedback and  guidance, you will discover the joy and adventure in writing and reading in a supportive and encouraging environment, and be on your way to being an active writer.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop participants:
- will have a read a range of prose and poetry in a variety of genres
- will have developed their understanding of the key principals behind effective writing
- will have built confidence in their own creative process

"Discovering Form and Voice"  

26 and 27 October, Intense Weekend Workshop at Maison Lyre 

Reading material, lunch and morning and afternoon tea included, €195

This course has been run to much praise at Sydney University and is designed for those wishing to deeply immerse themselves in reading and writing, as well as offering discussions on possible ambitions and expections on getting work published, in an atmosphere of supportive analysis and feedback. 

Course Program  – day one

9.45 a.m. - 10 a.m
- introductions

10 a.m. - 11.15 a.m.
- technique and genre
- overview and introduction
- what defines poetry? prose? fiction? non-fiction?
- what is genre?
- what is meant by form?
- what is meant by ‘finding your voice’?
- engaging with various techniques and genres

11.15 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. morning tea

11.30.a.m - 1 p.m.
- the nuts and bolts;
- feedback and response
- first person/third person
- verbs, adjectives, adverbs and modifiers and when to use them – or not
- prepositions and conjunctions - 2.p.m.  lunch 

2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
- there’s more than one way…
- encouraging risk-taking

3.30 - 3.45 afternoon tea

3.45 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. 
- characterisation
- what can be discovered through trial and error.
Course Program – day two 

9.45 a.m. - 11.15 a.m.
 - drama and the importance of what happens next

11.15 a.m. - 11.30 morning tea - 1 p.m.
- the importance of rigorous self-editing - 2.p.m.  lunch

2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
- scene structure
- description
- metaphor

3.30 p.m. - 3.45 p.m. afternoon tea

3.45 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
- achieving a desired outcome
WYS1  SEPT 12 - OCT 24
DFV1  OCT 26-27
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop participants:
- will be able to confidently read and analyse a range of prose and poetry texts in a variety of genres
- will have developed skills in the principals of narrative, particularly with regards to form and voice
- will be able to produce original stories and/or poems that demonstrate effective dialogue with established and traditional literary texts, while having expanded the knowledge required to create work that pushes conventional boundaries 
- will be able to identify and apply rigorous editing in the context of their own creative writing
- will be able to prepare, present and defend their work while remaining open to the critique of others 
 -will have enhanced the vibrancy, style and readability of their writing. 

Two days    
9.45 am – 6.00pm both days

Limited accommodation on site in self-contained gîte @ 60€ per night. 
Further accomodation is close by at Le 7  : 200€ for three nights with breakfast. 
If sharing then it's 40€ per person per night which is 120€ each for the 3 nights
Full board and dinner at Le 7 for extra 25€ a day.

Writing Residencies

Writing Residencies are also available by arrangement, both mentored and independent, in the self-contained gite. To enquire please email [email protected] with 'Maison Lyre writing residencies' under 'subject.'
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