COURSES

SUMMER 2021

Check out an exciting range of Creative Writing  & Irish Literature courses now available from the comfort of your home.

SUMMER RECESS 2021: JULY 31- AUGUST 22. THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES DURING THIS PERIOD.

Creative Writing: Introduction – Remote 

In association with Galway Arts Centre

Have you ever wanted to write short stories or even try a novel? Have you dreamed of seeing your play on stage, your film on screen, or even stunning audiences with your poetry?

This exciting and highly popular course is now available remotely by video conference, email or phone. You can even participate by post if you wish. Zero technical expertise is required to take part. The course itself introduces participants to the craft of creative writing while working in a range of genres such as sci-fi, crime, horror and realism. We will share work, exchange feedback and discuss routes to publication. Suitable for those seeking a rewarding pastime or as an introduction to an exciting professional career as a creative writer. Includes post-course editorial. Limited Places

Next Start Date:

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Duration:

8 weeks

Venue:

You can attend online by video conference or participate solely via email/phone/post instead.

Video Class: 10am-12pm or 3pm-5pm (2 options)

Registration fee: €125/Limited Places

Book Morning (10-12) or Afternoon (3-5)

Evening class option starts July 13th 8-10pm – Book here

Don’t forget to check out the Testimonials page!

Times not suit? You can still attend via FLEXI


How FLEXI Works
If the time of the Video Conference does not suit, you can now instead have one-to one Zoom (or phone) meetings about your work (15-20 mins) each week at a mutually convenient time. You receive a weekly podcast of each tutorial, slides every week, and workshop via email (including exchanging writing with other participants if you wish) You also can complete an optional Final Project and receive post course editorial with advice on how to proceed. Cost will be the same.

Creative Writing: Intermediate – Remote

In association with Galway Arts Centre

Would you like to develop your writing craft and develop your work for publication? Have you been working on a writing project for a while and want to move onto the next level? Explore genres such as comedy, fantasy, memoir and radio writing in this innovative new course for intermediate writers. The course is provided exclusively remotely, by video conference, email or phone. You can even participate by post if you wish. Zero technical expertise is required to take part. We will examine fundamental aspects of the craft, share work and exchange feedback. Includes weekly editorial support and extended post-course feedback and advice. Suitable for writers with some experience or those who have completed ‘Creative Writing: Introduction’. Limited Places

Next Start Date:

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Duration:

8 weeks

Venue:

You can attend online by video conference or participate solely via email/phone/post instead.

Video Class: 8-10pm

Registration fee: €125/Limited Places

Book Morning (10-12) or Afternoon (3-5)

June Daytime Options: 3-5pm/10am-12pm weekly/(Wednesdays) (2 options) (Starts 23rd June)

Evening class option starts July 14th – 8pm-10pm – Book here 

Don’t forget to check out the Testimonials page!

Not sure of your schedule? You can still attend via FLEXI

How FLEXI Works
If the time of the Video Conference does not suit, you can now instead have one-to one Zoom (or phone) meetings about your work (15-20 mins) each week at a mutually convenient time. You receive a weekly podcast of each tutorial, slides every week, and workshop via email (including exchanging writing with other participants if you wish) You also can complete an optional Final Project and receive post course editorial with advice on how to proceed. Cost will be the same.

Creative Writing: Advanced – Remote

In association with Galway Arts Centre

This course is designed for those firmly committed to their writing as a hobby or as a career. Writers may have a writing project or projects they wish to work on for the duration of the course. Participants with no specific project may wish to spend the early weeks finalizing their choice of project. Each week, writers can submit sections for workshop and discussion. Projects can be in any genre or medium. Course also includes discussion of songwriting, romance fiction, multiform, video-game writing, writing for the internet and commercial script writing along with elements of writing craft. Alumni of other MKCW courses very welcome. Includes post-course editorial of a complete industry sample or equivalent (up to 10,000 words). Limited Places

Next Start Date:

Thursday 24th June 2021

Duration:

8 weeks

Venue:

You can attend online by video conference or participate solely via email/phone/post instead.

Book Morning (10-12) or Afternoon (3-5) (2 options)

Registration fee: €125/Limited Places

Evening class option starts 14th July 8-10pm – Book here

Don’t forget to check out the Testimonials page!

Not sure of your schedule? You can still attend via FLEXI

How FLEXI Works
If the time of the Video Conference does not suit, you can now instead have one-to one Zoom (or phone) meetings about your work (15-20 mins) each week at a mutually convenient time. You receive a weekly podcast of each tutorial, slides every week, and workshop via email (including exchanging writing with other participants if you wish) You also can complete an optional Final Project and receive post course editorial with advice on how to proceed. Cost will be the same.

Creative Writing: Single Project – Remote

Duration:

This course is designed for those writers who wish to spend a sustained period of time working on a single project of any length. Writers must have a formed idea to bring to the course which indicates its proposed overall structure and content. Part of the project might be already written but this is not required. Over the course, writers will submit sections for discussion at a weekly workshop with other writers. Projects can be in any genre or medium including novels, short stories, poetry, sci-fi, horror, crime, relationships, memoir, comedy, plays, films, TV shows, nonfiction, historical fiction, fantasy and radio plays amongst others. Alumni of other MKCW courses very welcome as well as writers of some experience. Includes some discussion of the writing craft, weekly workshop and post-course editorial response to a submission sample of 10,000 words, synopsis and formal query letter to publishers/agents/production companies. Limited Places

Next Start Date:

Monday 14th June 2021

*No classes on Bank Holidays.

No classes from Jul 31-Aug 22

12 weeks

Venue:

You can attend online by video conference or participate solely via email/phone/post instead.

Video Class: 3-5pm weekly (Monday)

Registration fee: €190/ Limited Places

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Don’t forget to check out the Testimonials page!

Not sure of your schedule? You can still attend via FLEXI

How FLEXI Works
If the time of the Video Conference does not suit, you can now instead have one-to one Zoom (or phone) meetings about your work (15-20 mins) each week at a mutually convenient time. You receive a weekly podcast of each tutorial, slides every week, and workshop via email (including exchanging writing with other participants if you wish) You also can complete an optional Final Project and receive post course editorial with advice on how to proceed. Cost will be the same.

Irish Literature – Remote

IRISH LITERATURE – FROM MOORE TO ENRIGHT

This carefully structured course is a general introduction to critically reading some of Ireland’s best known literature in the context of a progressing Ireland and also focussing on the locations of the novels.

We will begin at the turn of the 20th century with Mayoman George Moore’s The Untilled Field, then proceed through the next century with James Joyce’s Dubliners, John McGahern’s Amongst Women, set in the midlands, and Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy as a representative of Ulster. We conclude with newer works in Claire Keegan’s Foster, set in Wexford, Ann Enright’s south-west in The Green Road, Eimear McBride’s west of Ireland background of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, and Galway’s Mary Costello who provides an Irish narrator in the New York  setting of Academy Street.

By the end of the course, participants will have read and discussed a number of Ireland’s best-known authors and critically analysed their geographical settings and foundations. An exciting new course which would be ideal for the literary enthusiast or anyone preparing to study English at third level. Limited places

Next Start Date

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Duration:

8 weeks

Venue:

Remote Attendance Options

INTERACTIVE – attend interactive Video Conference discussion (Zoom) 6.30 – 7.45pm weekly & receive material by email including video of a recorded lecture each week.

EMAIL – receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week

PHONE – phone in to hear interactive class and receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week

POST – receive material by email with a podcast on USB key of a prerecorded lecture each week

FLEXI – meet tutor remotely for 30 minute discussion weekly at mutual time and receive all course material by email

Combinations of the above available at no extra cost, please enquire. All remote courses cost the same

Registration: €100/Limited Participants.

Register here

The course will be presented by Dr Martin Keaveney (John McGahern scholar)
See www.martinkeaveney.com/testimonials 

IRISH LITERATURE – FROM PLUNKETT TO ROONEY

This carefully structured course is a general introduction to critically reading some
of Ireland’s best known literature in the context of a progressing Ireland. We will begin in the 20th century with short stories by James Plunkett, Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds and Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls. We take in John Banville’s The Book of Evidence and then move to contemporary literature through Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones, Claire-Louise Bennett’s Pond, Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither and Sally Rooney’s Normal People. By the end of the course, participants will have read and discussed a number of Ireland’s authors and critically analysed their themes. Irish Literature is an exciting and highly enjoyable new course, which would be ideal for the literary enthusiast or anyone preparing to study English at third level.

Next Start Date:

Thursday 15th July 2021

Duration: 8 Weeks

Venue:

Remote attendance options:

INTERACTIVE – attend interactive Video Conference discussion (Zoom) 6.30 – 8.00 weekly & receive material by email including video of a recorded lecture each week.

EMAIL – receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week.

PHONE – phone in to hear interactive class and receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week.

POST – receive material by email with a podcast on USB key of a prerecorded lecture each week.

FLEXI – meet tutor remotely for 30 minute discussion weekly at mutual time and receive all course material by email.

Registration: €100/Limited Participants.

The course will be presented by Dr Martin Keaveney (John McGahern scholar). See www.martinkeaveney.com/testimonials.

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IRISH LITERATURE – FROM YEATS to MCKEON

This course is a general introduction to critically reading some of Ireland’s best literature with reflection on the poetic technique in poetry and in prose.

We will begin early in the 20th century with W.B Yeats, progress to Patrick Kavanagh, Molly Keane and Maeve Brennan. The second half of the course discusses more recent writers: Colm Toibin, Naoise Dolan, Belinda McKeon and concluding with a selection of contemporary Irish Poetry.

By the end of the course participants will have read and discussed a number of Ireland’s authors and critically analysed their themes. Irish Literature: From Yeats to McKeon – REMOTE is an exciting and highly enjoyable new course which would be ideal for the literary enthusiast or anyone preparing to study English at third level. Limited places

Start date: Wednesday 8th September 2021

Duration: 8 weeks

Venue:

Remote Attendance Options

INTERACTIVE – attend interactive Video Conference discussion (Zoom) 6.30 – 8.00 weekly & receive material by email including video of a recorded lecture each week

EMAIL – receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week

PHONE – phone in to hear interactive class and receive material by email with a video of a prerecorded lecture each week.

POST – receive material by email with a podcast on USB key of a prerecorded lecture each week

FLEXI – meet tutor remotely for 30 minute discussion weekly at mutual time and receive all course material by email.

Registration: €100/Limited Participants.

The course will be presented by Dr Martin Keaveney (John McGahern scholar). See www.martinkeaveney.com/testimonials.

Book Now

Queries on course delivery or content: info@martinkeaveney.com

Further exciting new courses are now in development. If you would like to join the mailing list to be aware when these opportunities become available, get in contact

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