COURSES

Autumn 2021

Creative Writing: Introduction

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. You also can complete an optional Final Project and receive post course editorial with advice on how to proceed. Limited places.

Next Start Date: Tuesday 28th September 2021

8 weeks

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

Video Class: 10am-12pm/3pm-5pm/8pm-10pm (3 options)

Registration: €125/Limited Places

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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). Cost will be the same.

In association with Galway Arts Centre

Creative Writing: Intermediate

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. You also can complete an optional Final Project and receive post course editorial with advice on how to proceed. Includes weekly editorial support. Suitable for writers with some experience or those who have completed ‘Creative Writing: Introduction’. Limited Places

Next Start Date: Wednesday 29th September 2021

Video Class: 10am-12pm/3pm-5pm/8pm-10pm (3 options)

Registration: €125/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). Cost will be the same.

Creative Writing: Advanced

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

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

Video Class: 10am-12pm/3pm-5pm/8pm-10pm (3 options)

Next Start Date: Thursday 30th September 2021

Registration: €125/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). Cost will be the same.

Creative Writing: Single Project

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: Friday 24th September/Monday 27th September 2021

Duration:

12 weeks

Venue:

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

Video Class:

3.00pm-5.00pm/5.30-7.30pm (Friday) Book Now

3.00pm-5.00pm/8.00pm-10.00pm (Monday) Book Now

Registration: €190/ Limited Places

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). Cost will be the same.

Don’t forget to check out the Testimonials page!

Creative Writing: Portfolio

Creative Writing: Portfolio is an exciting new one-year course which provides writers an opportunity to develop, progress and ultimately gain specialised evaluation of a portfolio of writing/long form manuscript or novel and synopsis up to 50,000 words. Other forms are welcome including poetry, film and television, stage plays and many other creative writing proposals.

Participants attend a weekly seminar from September to June, where their writing is read and discussed regularly (This course runs adjacent to ‘Creative Writing: Single Project’) . At the end of three semesters, writers submit a long form work or a portfolio of writings for evaluation by the course tutor in Autumn after the course concludes. Writers may also submit an industry level query for review. The objective is for writers to move their writing closer to achieving industry recognition through publication or to independently proceed with their writing projects and share with family and friends. Writers receive a completion certificate at the end of the course for Continuing & Professional Development purposes.

Weekly Seminar Dates:

SEMESTER 1 

Monday 27th September 2021 to Monday 20th December 2021 (8.00-10.00pm OR 3.00-5.00pm GMT) options)

OR

 Friday 24th September 2021 to Friday 10th December 2021 (3.00pm-5.00pm OR 5.30-7.30pm GMT) (2 options)

SEMESTER 2 

Monday 17th January 2022 to Monday 4th April 2022 (8.00-10.00pm OR 3.00-5.00pm GMT) (2 options|)

OR

Friday 21st January 2022 to Friday 8st April 2022 (10.00am-12.00pm OR 3.00pm-5.00pm OR 5.30-7.30pm GMT) (3 options)

SEMESTER 3 

Monday 25th April 2022 to Monday 25th July 2022 (8.00-10.00pm OR 3.00-5.00pm GMT) (2 options)

OR

Friday 29th April 2022 to Friday 15th July 2022 (10.00am-12.00pm OR 3.00pm-5.00pm OR 5.30-7.30pm GMT) (3 options)

*No classes on Bank Holidays 

Submit Final Portfolio/Long Form Project at end of July 2022.

Full Editorial Response to each project

Registration: €670/ Limited Places

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Creative Writing: Complete

Creative Writing: Complete is a complete creative writing course. It is designed for both the new writer and those with some experience. Alumni from previous MKCW courses are also very welcome.

All Participants attend a weekly seminar from September to July, where their writing is read and discussed regularly (This course runs adjacent to ‘Creative Writing: Single Project’) . Each semester, they also select from a range of other creative writing or Irish literature modules available.

New writers can select modules which introduce all the basic crafts and over one academic year progress to more advanced modules which encourage and develop the use of a range of advanced narrative skills and providing specialised knowledge and in-depth discussion and reflection on many different genres and mediums. There is also an opportunity to study over a century of Irish literature. Each writing module provides an opportunity for a FINAL PROJECT with extended editorial.

Advanced or ALUMNI writers can attend a range of specialised modules in areas which particularly interest them, select one-to-one options and benefit from an exciting range of reader responses in a series of workshops throughout the year. Each writing module provides an opportunity for a FINAL PROJECT with extended editorial.

All levels will benefit from literature modules which pay close emphasis on story telling and the process of the professional author.

At the end of the course, participants submit a GRAND PROJECT: a full length work such as novel, play, feature film screenplay or other creative writing project/portfolio of writing. Length can be up to 150,000 words / 3 hour feature film plus synopsis. Full editorial response with advice on how to proceed with the project will be provided in the Autumn after the course concludes. Writers may also submit an industry level query for review.

All participants can be assured they are attending a suite of modules which have been finely designed and crafted by an experienced lecturer in Creative Writing and Irish Literature and a practicing writer. Writers will enjoy close attention to their work as it progresses, develop a strong group bond, meet many writers at different levels of experience and working in different genres and mediums and make long lasting friendships. This is a unique and exciting opportunity and it is available all over the world from the comfort of your home.

The objective is for writers to move their writing closer to achieving industry recognition through publication or to independently proceed with their writing projects and share with family and friends. Creative Writing: Complete is an exciting new one-year course which provides writers an opportunity to develop, progress and ultimately gain specialised evaluation of a portfolio of writing/long form manuscript or novel and synopsis up to 150,000 words.

* All modules run concurrently with shorter courses

* Some modules may be run by FLEXI (see below)

* Note this course is only offered annually. Closing date is September 24th, 2021. Next intake will be September 2022

How Creative Writing: Complete works

Attend Creative Writing: COMPLETE (Seminar) ( Adjacent to ‘Creative Writing: Single Project’) weekly for 12 weeks per Semester.
Available

3pm OR  5.30pm Fridays OR 3pm OR 8pm Mondays  via FLEXI, email, post or telephone (GMT)
Please indicate preferred time/option on booking

Select THREE 8 week modules (One per semester is recommended) (Additional modules €125 supplement)

* Subject to adjustment

* All courses run adjacent to single 8-week courses

* All modules may be repeated if desired, unless marked otherwise. Times vary

– Creative Writing: Introduction
– Creative Writing: Intermediate
– Creative Writing: Advanced
– Irish Literature: From Plunkett to Rooney
– Irish Literature: From Moore to Enright
– Irish Literature: From Yeats to McKeon
– Irish Literature: From Macken to Meehan
– One-to-one support (30 minute sessions at mutually convenient times)

Participants attend a weekly seminar from September to June, where their writing is read and discussed regularly (This course runs adjacent to ‘Creative Writing: Single Project’) . At the end of three semesters, writers submit a long form work or a portfolio of writings for evaluation by the course tutor in Autumn after the course concludes. Writers may also submit an industry level query for review.

All times GMT

Weekly Seminar Dates:

SEMESTER 1 

Friday 24th September 2021 to Friday 10th December 2021 (3.00pm-5.00pm OR  5.30pm-7.30pm)

OR

Monday 27th September 2021 to Monday 20th December 2021 (3.00pm-5.00pm OR 8.00pm-10.00pm

SEMESTER 2 

Friday 21st January 2022 to Friday 8st April 2022 (10.00am- 12.00pm OR  3.00pm-5.00pm OR  5.30pm-7.30pm)

OR

Monday 17th January 2022 to Monday 4th April 2022 (3.00pm-5.00pm OR 8.00pm-10.00pm)

SEMESTER 3 

Friday 29th April 2022 to Friday 15th July 2022 (10.00am-12.00pm OR  3.00pm-5.00pm OR  5.30pm-7.30pm)

OR

Monday 25th April 2022 to Monday 25th July 2022 (3.00pm-5.00pm OR 8.00pm-10.00pm)

You can attend via FLEXI, Email, Video Conference (Zoom), Phone or Post

NO CLASSES ON BANK HOLIDAYS

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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 5th October 2021 (7.00-8.30pm)

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: €120/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 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 7th October 2021 (7.00-8.30pm)

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: €120/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.

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IRISH LITERATURE – FROM MACKEN TO MEEHAN

What is Irish Literature? This course attempts to answer that question by reflecting on the past century of writing by reading the work of Walter Macken, William Trevor, Jennifer Johnston, Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan, Ryan Dennis, Louise Nealon and Alvy Carragher. Through discussion of works and writers from early 20th century right up to 2021, and using interviews, newspaper reviews and other relevant material, participants will gain an appreciation and understanding of Irish Literature as it was in the 20th century, is today and might become in the future. Includes weekly video. Suitable for the literature enthusiast and also ideal for those preparing to attend/return to third level study. Written and presented by Dr Martin Keaveney, Associate Lecturer in Irish Literature at NUIG. Limited places 

Next Start Date:

Monday 4th October 2021 (6.30-7.45pm)

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.

Registration: €100/Limited Participants.

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

BUSINESS WRITING: INTRODUCTION – ONE DAY COURSE

This one day course presented via Zoom provides a detailed and powerful introduction to the mechanics of writing specifically designed to benefit personnel in the  public services, business & marketing sectors. Participants are introduced to the fundamentals of writing and revision through demonstrating to them why they do things in writing rather than simply how

By understanding these concepts, participants will more effectively retain basic writing and editing skills practiced during the course. 

This ensures all participants finishing the course  will possess a powerful suite of writing and editing skills that will serve them well throughout their professional careers. Full outline of course modules on request.  Includes post-course editorial.

Open to private & public sector employees

Price: £495 / €550 / Enquire for group rates

Saturday 16th October, 2021.

9am – 5pm GMT

Via Zoom

ONE DAY COURSE

€550.00

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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