by Mary Fogarty, reposted from the Bray People
Greystones poet Dave Lordan is one of the co-designers and teachers of the Big Smoke Writing Factory’s Dublin Young Authors Programme along with Claire Hennessy.
They are adding new classes for 18 to 22 year olds and nine to 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.
Classes for 18 to 22 year olds will start on Saturday, November 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., running for six weeks at €150.
This afternoon workshop is designed for people in their late teens and early 20s who are passionate about writing and want to develop their skills. It will be delivered Dave and Claire. 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 on Saturday, December 12.
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.
Classes for the 14 to 17 age group start the same day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This workshop is ideal for talented and ambitious teens with something to say.
A half-day workshop for the nine to 12 group will take place on Saturday, November 14, from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To find out more go to http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com.