Dublin Young Authors expands with new classes for wider age range

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Big Smoke Writing Factory’s Dublin Young Authors Programme, designed and taught by Dave Lordan and Claire Hennessy, is to add new classes for 18-22 year-olds and 9-12 year olds. The programme has been running successfully for 14-17 year olds since 2012, with Saturday morning classes and week-long summer school, as well as writing showcases taking place throughout the year. Dublin Young Authors is Ireland’s only regular professional writer education programme for young people. Book here.

Dublin Young Authors (Ages 18-22)

Saturday November 7th 6 weeks 2pm-4pm € 150

The Dublin Young Authors programme is a series of workshops for young, talented, and ambitious writers. This afternoon workshop is designed for people in their late teens and early twenties 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 young people 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 December 12th). 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.

Dublin Young Authors (Ages 14-17)

Saturday 7th November 6 weeks 11am – 1pm € 150

The Dublin Young Authors writing and performance workshop for talented teens (ages 14-17) returns to Big Smoke this winter. 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 December 12th). 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.

Dublin Young Authors (Ages 9-12)

Saturday November 14th Half day 10.30am-1pm € 35

We’re delighted to offer this half-day workshop for young writers aged 9-12 who want to develop their writing skills and try out something new. Participants with some experience of workshops as well as newcomers are welcome – the key thing is an interest and an ability to have fun!

Feedback from Previous Students
 

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!

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