Teaching Creative Writing – a professional training course with Dave Lordan

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‘I attended Lordan’s one-day “crash course” on the subject back in March and it inspired me to change my approach, particularly when it comes to doing creative writing workshops with children.’

— Derbhile Dromey (read Derbhile’s full article online)

Starts: Sat 26 Sept at the Irish Writers Centre.

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Duration: 6 Classes, every 2nd Sat
Cost: €250/€230 Members

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, 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 student. Learn how to find your niche and seek employment in the growing but complex creative writing profession.

Dave Lordan developed his teacher training practice at Mater Dei Institute of Education, DCU, where he was nominated for the 2013 Presidents Award. He is the leading expert in teaching creative writing for community education in Ireland, having worked with numerous clients including RTE, Irish Writers Centre, Dublin Writers Festival, Mater Dei Institute of Education, University of Wisconsin, Fingal County Libraries, University of Limerick, UCC, Kildare County Libraries, Cork County Libraries, Mountains to the Sea, West Cork Literary Festival, Ledbury Festival, Cuirt, Youthreach, YouthSpeaks…

‘Dave Lordan’s work for The Irish Centre for Poetry Studies is founded on a mission to communicate poetry and creativity as a means of empowerment and achievement that is all-inclusive and socially transformative. Verbal skills express a person’s singularity even as they also allow them to communicate with others. Across ages and abilities, Dave created writing communities that within weeks had not only produced significant work, but had learned how to encourage and edit one another’s work. As such, creative writing became much more than a matter of narrow literary ambition; rather it was a powerful resource in how learning communities realized themselves as communities.’

-Dr. Michael Hinds, The Irish Centre for Poetry Studies.

Praise for Dave Lordan’s course:

‘I feel that Dave’s programme was one of the most successful events we have had for teens in the library. The group that he worked with were very diverse in terms of personality, likes and interests and literacy levels and Dave was capable of encouraging the whole group to participate in the project. He is also very good at forming a rapport with the young people and encouraging them to be supportive and positive about their own work and the work of others. In a very short amount of time all of the participants produced a vibrant and worthwhile piece of work and received positive feedback from Dave and their peers which definitely boosted their self-confidence. They are all very eager to work with Dave again, as is the library staff.’

-Margaret Curley, Coolock Library Librarian and Voluntary Literacy Tutor.

‘We had two workshops with Dave Lordan. He was working with a mixed group ranging
in age from 10 – 13 years. They really enjoyed the workshop and still talk about what they did in the workshops to their peers. Dave Lordan’s approach to his work and to the young people help create and open and honest atmosphere where “it’s ok to be yourself”, thus building confidence for young people. His approach works well with the ethos behind Youthwork.’

-Tara Coleman, Youth Worker, Sphere 17 Youth Club, Coolock.

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