Participants provide their experiences of the courses and consultancy service.
In an age when it is difficult to find readers–and more specifically, good readers–Martin’s treatment of my novel was a godsend. He delivered spot-on insight with clarity and respect, identifying the strong points of the narrative and those that could use more development or transparency. By viewing my work through his eyes I was able to get around my pre-conceived notions of it and see it as the reader would, allowing me to address it more honestly. Frankly, Martin helped me make it a much better novel. I am indebted to his services.
New York (Author of The Beasts They Turned Away, Epoque Press, 2021)
I enjoyed the course thoroughly. It was a game changer over the Covid lockdown. It has instilled the importance of the writing practice and I am keen to keep going [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE].
Writer from Dublin city centre
Martin is an incredible mentor. He gives solid, constructive criticism from his years of experience, which is invaluable. Throughout the course, I felt Martin always had time for my questions and other areas I wanted to chat about, even if it didn’t strictly apply to what we were talking about that week. From doing the course, I have a new found confidence in my writing and for the first time, I have thought to myself ‘I might actually be able to do this’. (Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE )
As a first time on a writing course, not being in the field and without having any formal teaching prior to this course, I was welcomed with very open arms which I am most grateful for. I was glad even to be bumped up to the Intermediate course at the last minute for logistical purposes which one would have been apprehensive about, but it made all the difference that I was led by a great and easy-going tutor in Martin Keaveney and coupled with a lovely, most competent peer group. My journey through the course was most educating and enjoyable. The writing exercises during the class were greatly appreciated and certainly helped my mind start jogging with thoughts and ideas. I enjoyed all aspects of the course and found the remote learning experience very easy and well laid out, being a person who is not a techno buff whatsoever. A must-do for anyone who has a passion for Creative Writing. Most well worth it [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE].
Dr Heera-Gauvri Bhagat
An excellent course that has aided me greatly in assessing the merits and areas for improvement of my single project. Martin was a great support and offered a valuable critical eye on a wide variety of submissions, and was always approachable. I would readily recommend this course to anyone interested in improving their writing skills [Creative Writing: Single Project – REMOTE].
This course kick-started me as a writer. For the first time I actually finished my story and I have an idea what to do next with it.
The support provided by Martin is amazing. I couldn’t attend the webinars because I live in a different time zone, and Martin organized separate calls with me every week. I have never seen anything like that.
Martin is also a very genuine and pleasant person to speak to.
The course is definitely worth the money [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE – FLEXI].
I am really glad about all what I have learned during this course. Irish Literature-From Moore to Enright was my second course with Dr. Martin Keaveney and I have enjoyed every moment of the readings and lessons. The communication with Martin and classmates was totally enriching in terms of learning and improving my understanding of the Irish Literature, the Irishness, and the Irish Culture. I would strongly recommend these courses to those who are interested in the field.
Argentina & Germany
This course was a wonderful guided / curated tour of modern Irish literature. The course content was well-chosen and delivered in a very effective manner in a relaxed, convivial environment [Irish Literature: From Plunkett to Rooney – REMOTE].
I thoroughly enjoyed this course [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE]. It was so good to be able to present my work in a relaxed atmosphere where I did not ever feel intimidated or undermined. The course content was interesting and varied. The feedback from the tutor was delivered very promptly and was insightful and helpful. I learned loads about different genres and other styles of writing from the sharing of others’ work. It was good fun too!!
Galway City suburbs
A rich and rewarding opportunity to participate virtually in this course, from outside of Ireland.
Writer from France
I have given Martin Keaveney’s writer’s course 5 stars, it was a pleasure from start to finish, informative, thought-provoking and inspiring. It gave me focus to write. I looked forward to our weekly group meeting, which flowed with ease thanks to all the work Martin put into preparation. Highly recommended [Creative Writing: Advanced – REMOTE].
The Burren, Co. Clare
Highly enjoyable course, very informative and Martin provided a huge amount of knowledge and support throughout. Would recommend [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE].
Writer from Waterford
I enjoyed Martin’s friendly interactive style of teaching, his knowledge of the literature covered, along with the understanding of the author’s background and context adds depth, breath, and deeper appreciating of the literature and books read in this course [Irish Literature – From Plunkett to Rooney – REMOTE].
I really enjoyed the course [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE]. It gave me the opportunity to write on a regular basis and explore different genres. The workshop session was very helpful and it was beneficial to get feedback each week from other writers.
I really liked ‘Irish Literature: From Plunkett to Rooney’ [REMOTE] – because it gave me a deep understanding of contemporary Irish literature, analysis, elements and the Irishness. Dr Keaveney’s lessons are very interactive and dynamic. As a foreign researcher trying to reach expertise in the field, I also enjoyed so much listening to my classmates’ anecdotes and how they relate to the literature.
Argentina & Germany
I would recommend this course for anyone who is unsure if they can write or for those who think they don’t need a writing course. Sometimes it is great to go to a course for help and this one certainly is. I had a block about writing and now I am writing so much it surprises me. It is also very good to challenge yourself by writing in different styles/genres and discover a new area for yourself. The class is very open for discussion and a friendly environment to share ideas an explore. I was a bit snobby about writing courses before but this one could be the key to unlock your power to write.
I had always said that someday I would start writing but never got around to doing it.
I wrote lines in my head but never on paper. I really enjoyed the course on Creative Writing with Martin. It started me writing and helped me to see how much I really enjoy it.
The course also encouraged me to start reading more appreciatively. There are so many books I now want to go back to so I can examine how the author took me on those journeys in my imagination.
I think it was a valuable exercise to read and listen to other participants’ work and to get feedback and support from the group. Writing has become one of my favourite pastimes. [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE]
[Martin] demystifies being ‘A Writer’ and makes it accessible to anyone, even people with no experience. It’s a very daunting prospect, to start the writing process and you get to dig deep into that topic and everything that surrounds it, without fear. You’re safe to field any and every issue or insecurity that you have about your struggles in beginning to write, and seldom times all the answers are not provided for you, because Martin simply doesn’t know, and he’ll tell you as much, and you get to have a two way discussion about an issue, and that’s one of the most relieving, refreshing and empowering parts about taking this course. It’s completely personal, and it’s completely human. You are speaking, and have time with a true writer that cares and not someone who’s doing it on the side to pay the bills.
I liked the atmosphere of the course. I liked Martin’s approach in way of sharing his wisdom of writing with us, while at the same time, making it clear that this is his experience and that there are many many ways to do this thing. He encourages you and empowers you to find your way. He did this through showing us examples of other writer’s writings and casually telling us stories of other writer’s habits (which was such a cool part of the course, I loved that so much). I loved how Martin really let us into his world, he talked to us as equals, and we discussed anything and everything and that allowed us to get to know each other, get to trust each other and brought us into very honest areas that I’m not used to getting into with other teachers. He was able to dissolve that student teacher barrier, while still maintaining the integrity and respect of the role. I like to think of Martin, not as a teacher but as a mentor, to me there’s a big difference. He’s also a friend – that’s the atmosphere he creates in the room. I found his approach extremely honest and egoless, and that allowed everyone in the class, the freedom to express themselves truthfully, take risks and most importantly, to be comfortable in making mistakes.
I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone, and have done [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE].
Kilkenny & Dublin
This is an excellent course for those who are interested in writing, whether they are a beginner or have written a little before. As the course focused on different genres each week it challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. Martin is very knowledgeable, and his guidance was so helpful.
Writer from Galway
I was a bit nervous about doing this course because, although I love reading, I have no experience in analysing literature. However, the class was very relaxed and Martin guided discussion very well. I learnt a huge amount both from Martin and from the other class members and I definitely feel that I will approach reading and my choice of books more thoughtfully [Irish Literature: From Plunkett to Rooney – REMOTE].
I very much appreciated the online weekly feedback on my work. I found it very specific and helpful. Doing the course by Zoom worked very well. Martin was very generous with his time and knowledge (Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE – FLEXI).
Writer from Galway
This course [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE] was a great opportunity to write in different genres, some that I would never have considered attempting but yet were really enjoyable to undertake. The prompt feedback form the tutor was an encouragement to keep writing and the feedback from other participants was always considered and helpful.
Martin is an engaging tutor who takes a genuine interest in his students and their work. His breadth of knowledge of writing and literature is impressive and he always keeps participants interested and motivated.[Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE]
Very interesting journey through a century of Irish writing [Irish Literature: From Plunkett to Rooney – REMOTE]. The novels and short stories were perceptive choices and Dr Keaveney provided informed guidance that illuminated and gave insight into familiar and new writing.
Participant from Co. Mayo
Very engaging and stimulating course. I don’t think the format suffered from virtual setting. The introduction and theory each week followed by workshop with writing tasks from the previous week was effective and the topics covered each week were well balanced between practical tips and theory (Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE)
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The group were helpful and encouraging. The feedback was honest. The standard was high. Martin is a very experienced teacher, and the group had an excellent atmosphere because it was well managed. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in writing (Creative Writing: Advanced – REMOTE).
Writer from France
A wide-ranging course [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE], giving a taste of different genres and forms of writing, and the opportunity to write in them,. The feedback from Martin and the other participants was positive and illuminating. It has got me writing with enthusiasm again, and I look forward to doing the Intermediate course.
A fun and enjoyable course with a helpful tutor and good feedback from him, as well as other students [Creative Writing: Advanced – REMOTE].
This is an excellent course for those who are interested in writing, whether they are a beginner or have written a little before. As the course focused on different genres each week it challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. Martin is very knowledgeable, and his guidance was so helpful [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE].
Writer from Galway
Enjoyed the varied choice of novels, great to be able to discuss them with a group of like-minded participants. Many enjoyable and sometimes lively debates on aspects of the novels and writers. reading one book a week was a bit of a challenge but very worthwhile. Would recommend course to anyone interested in expanding their literary knowledge [Irish Literature].
From the outset I felt I was being guided and encouraged in a very practical and accessible way in how to be a writer, rather than an observer. I liked the structure of the course, especially the time within the class to write a short piece, often on a theme or in a genre I didn’t think I could attempt. Knowing this was not going to be viewed or discussed in class [before revising later] provided the freedom to do this [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE].
It’s very enjoyable and you meet interesting people. More importantly you improve your writing skills. [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE]
Writer from Galway
Great fun. Great discussions [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE].
I like the course, it’s a lot different to other courses I have done [Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE].
Writer from Galway
The intermediate course provided the opportunity to further develop skills learnt in the introductory course and the ability to develop a story over the two courses, getting feedback along the way [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE].
Writer from Mayo.
This was my second time to complete this course [Creative Writing: Intermediate – REMOTE]. As last time, I really enjoyed the course. I found writing in the various different genres to be challenging and interesting and most times good fun. I like the tutor’s presentation style and his feedback on work submitted was delivered promptly and was always insightful. I gained a lot from hearing other’s work read aloud and also in the class discussion.
Rahoon, Galway City Suburbs.
This course [Creative Writing: Introduction] gave me the confidence to take the time to write and be less critical of myself and my writing. Everything you write is not going to be a masterpiece but it is a stepping stone to the finished project. Martin is a wealth of knowledge on writing and encouraged us to experiment and gave us advisements for improvement.
This course [Creative Writing: Introduction] re-ignited my love for writing , and gave me confidence in my abilities. I gained knowledge about different types of writing and skills needed to become a great writer. I looked forward to the class every week, each week I became more and more inspired to go home and work on my projects. This course unlocked writing skills I never knew I had.
Very enjoyable and engaging. A good balance of theory, writing exercises and practical advice.
Lynne O’ Keefe
Very absorbing content from beginning to end. As an amateur, learning the concept of writing, I did not feel overwhelmed by others more professional in the group .
We have worked with Martin on a number of projects, often from project inception. Martin has a great sense of a script and we found his insight into story invaluable in identifying what was working and what wasn’t in various projects. His keen sense of story structure helped enormously in projects that were quite disparate in terms of genre and style. I would advise any script writer to get in touch with Martin early in their process.
Galway/London (Room 12 Productions)
Well structured, interactive, informative, fun.
Enjoyed group discussion, different views, enlightening [Irish Literature Course].
Martin has a keen eye for style and substance when it comes to writing. He is an experienced tutor and an accomplished writer. Recently, I sought his feedback for both a fictional piece and a short play I wrote. His critique was constructive, useful and accurate. I would recommend his input into any creative writing project.
Martin and I have worked also together on a number of projects. I directed a play of his, Coathanger, as part of NUIG Theatre Week. I really enjoy his unique style and find his writing to be intriguing and compelling.
Niamh Nic Aodha Bhui
Galway (MisH MaSH Theatre Group)
Martin provides an excellent introduction to the History writing process [Write the Good Old Days Workshop].
Excellent support from tutor. Tutor very willing to share his knowledge with novice writers. His guidance is excellent. Wonderful variety of texts for analysis in class.
Writer from Galway
Excellent opportunity to learn about writing with the intention of getting published. Practical course [Creative Writing: Introduction] for those who are serious about getting published for the first time.
An engaging speaker who listens and answers questions in a useful way. Takes a genuine interest in his students.
Writer at Turlough Park workshop