|Start Date||Duration||Time Slot||Fee|
|Saturday 19th September||6 weeks||11am – 1pm||€ 150|
The Dublin Young Authors writing and performance workshop for talented teens (ages 14-17) returns to Big Smoke this autumn. This workshop is ideal for talented and ambitious teens with something to say, and for participants who are passionate about writing and want to develop their skills. It will be delivered by poet and performer Dave Lordan and YA author and editor Claire Hennessy. Both have extensive experience working with teenagers in schools, libraries, youth clubs, festivals and summer programmes.
Participants are encouraged to write various pieces of work, drawing on their own passions, interests and experiences, with a view to performing some of this in a showcase at the end of the six weeks (Saturday October 24th). Alongside writing and performing exercises there will also be short talks and discussions on different aspects of being a writer in the modern world, and a chance for participants to experiment with new styles of writing and to develop their creative writing skills in general.
Both newcomers and participants in previous DYA workshops are welcome. Each round of Dublin Young Authors offers something different.
I really enjoyed the course… I learnt that even though my writing isn’t bad I need to think through it more… It’s good to have something to improve on. I felt that this was a safe environment to share my work. Thank you.
The course was really interactive and all instructors gave the impression that they loved what they were doing – didn’t feel like I was just going through the motions. Individual critique sessions specific to each student as opposed to generic advice was especially helpful, as I struggle to apply such guidelines to my own writing… Having never attended ‘formal’ creative writing lessons, I had somewhat ambiguous expectations, but this experience has only augmented my passion for writing, reigniting the apathy-quashed fire after an uninspiring school year… and for that I’m extremely grateful.
I think that the course was so inclusive and comfortable. I felt so happy coming in each day. I wrote about myself, obviously, and through a character, and it was eye-opening. Everyone was very nice. It was comforting to know you could keep things to yourself if you wanted to. So much better than school.
I love the way you were taught but at the same time were free to write as you wished. I learnt so much about how to be a writer and how to deal with confidence issues. The only complaint I have is it wasn’t long enough!