|13||13 weeks||€ 25|
This online 13-unit course for young people (aged 16-24) will provide a general overview of the rapidly developing contemporary creative writing profession, with a balance between the new (informative & stimulating lessons on online video production, storytelling for video games, performance poetry, & other 21st century genres) and the traditional (the fundamentals of dialogue, character development, heroes & quests, & much else besides).
The 13 modules include:
· Getting Creative
· Heroes – who they are & how to make them.
· Premier league dialogue
· Who the fake are you? Creative alter-ego & character development.
· Storytelling – The crafty art of the Seanchai
· Flash-Bang-Smoke – The secrets of online fiction
· Poetry – the music of what happens
· Voicing the underdog – Personal & Political Writing
· Performance Poetry
· Sweet memes
· Narrative Design for video games
· The Seven Stages of successful online video production
· Staying Creative
Units take approximately an hour to complete, the video presentations lasting approximately 20 mins, & the exercises designed to be completed in approximately 40 minutes.
Course participants require internet access & basic computer skills. No computer training is given as part of this course. Course material is copyrighted & all course participants agree not to download or share any of it without permission.
The course is designed & delivered by renowned educator & multi-media creator Dave Lordan, in partnership with both the Big Smoke Writing Factory (Dublin creative writing school for young people & adult learners) & Gaisce (The President’s Award). It’s open to all 16-24-year-olds and is particularly designed for those taking the bronze level of the President’s Award (Gaisce), though is also suitable for casual learners.
For certificates of completion, please email all course work in a MS Word document to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual: 25 euro
Group booking (TY coordinators, youth club coordinators etc) for groups of 5-25: 15 euro/person
Group booking (TY coordinators, youth club coordinators etc) for groups of 25+: 10 euro/person
The Big Smoke Writing Factory Child Protection Policy is available here: DYA_CPP
Facilitator: Dave Lordan
“I finished up a creative writing course in experimental fiction... In all seriousness, it was something of a revelation. I learnt so much about the type of writer (and reader) that I am. I discovered some great new writers too (well not new but new to me if you get my drift) such as Borges and Bolaño. I’ve started to discover more about myself as a writer in terms of what I’m drawn to and where I’d like to go in the future. The course was taught by Dave Lordan, a poet whose book launch for The Lost Tribes of the Wicklow Mountains I attended the other week. I’d suggest you pop on over to his website to see some of his work and maybe (if you’re a budding writer in the Dublin area) consider attending one of his writing classes. You won’t be disappointed.” - Caroline
“I’ve attended Dave Lordan’s course in experimental fiction for the last two seasons and cannot recommend it highly enough. From the quality of the instruction, the calibre of the participants and the intoxicating material, I’ve been inspired and entertained in equal measure.” - Charlene Putney
“Thanks to a creative writing course with Dave Lordan, I am now a published writer! Before doing Dave’s course, I’d been writing for a long time but I’d never had much confidence in my work. Dave’s course provided inspiration and encouragement in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment. I’ve now had three stories accepted for publication, I’ve been shortlisted for an international literary prize and I’ve performed my work at two very successful public readings in Dublin. I’d recommend a writing course with Dave to anyone; it’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done.” -Roisin O Donnell
"The course is run by Dave Lordan who guides young writers’ to be the best they can be. Dave himself is a legend, he’s an amazing writer and an understanding person, he’s non judgemental and fair. Jenessa and I are purposefully avoiding the term teacher as we view Dave as more of a hand that guides us, a friend.” - 16-year-old participant