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A practical, intensive course in how and why to teach creative writing in a variety of contexts, including schools and community organisations, to adults and children of all ages, to writers in different genres and career stages.
Lesson planning, short-course curriculum design and project planning will be covered in detail, and the course will focus closely on how to get the creative best from each individual student.
Demonstrations of how to integrate the limitless creative possibilities of multimedia devices and applications (e.g Soundcloud, IMOVIE, Voice FX, GarageBand etc) for use in the creative writing classroom – a crucial set of teaching skills in todays rapidly evolving digital creativity environment – also included.
Learn how to find your niche and seek employment in the growing but complex creative writing teaching profession.
Led by Dave Lordan, with leading YA author Claire Hennessy, and Jess Traynor, dramaturg and former Literary Manager of The Abbey Theatre, as guest teachers.
Renowned author, performer, and educator Dave Lordan developed his teacher-training practice at Mater Dei Institute of Education, DCU, where he was nominated for the 2013 President’s Award. He is the leading expert in teaching creative writing for community education in Ireland, having partnered on creative writing education projects with RTÉ, DCU, Children’s Books Ireland, Dublin City Libraries, JCSP Libraries, the ICA, Youthreach, among many many others.
Claire Hennessy has published eleven books for young adults and has seventeen years’ experience delivering creative writing sessions in schools and libraries across the country. As well as regularly teaching at the Big Smoke Writing Factory, a creative writing school in Dublin she co-founded in 2009, she has provided workshops for the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Centre for Talented Youth in DCU, Listowel Writers’ Week, the Children’s Book Festival, the Mountains to Sea festival, and many other literary/arts festivals around the country. In 2015-16 she was artist-in-residence at the Church of Ireland College of Education in association with Children’s Books Ireland.
Jessica Traynor is the former Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre, and now works as a freelance dramaturg and creative writing teacher. An award-winning poet, she was recently commissioned by Ireland 2016 and the Irish Writers Centre to be part of A Poet’s Rising, broadcast on RTE. She has taught creative writing courses at Big Smoke Writing Factory, the Irish Writers Centre, Fighting Words, and at various Irish literary festivals around Ireland.
- TBC for autumn/winter 2017
All participants will receive a certificate of completion from The Big Smoke Writing Factory, Ireland’s innovative creative writing school for all ages and backgrounds.
The course is for teachers, community workers, youth workers, practicing writers and similar interested in learning how to integrate creative writing teaching into their general work practices, or how to run an introductory creative writing course for adults or children. Although the only qualification required is a desire to teach creative writing, some teaching/youth/community work experience an advantage. Applicants without teaching or facilitation experience should be mindful that teaching of any kind is a difficult profession requiring advanced organisational and people skills.
Facilitator: Dave Lordan