Creative Writing Course for Teenagers

Olive O’Brien is an author and publisher. Olive has published three children’s books, Perry the Playful Polar Bear, Perry the Polar Bear Goes Green and Eco Zico. She has also published a children’s book app for the iPad. She has a Masters in Journalism and previously worked as a features writer and news reporter at The Sunday Business Post and Mid-Day newspaper. Olive blogs for and she is the director of Creative Writing Ink. Her eco-friendly book publishing company Silver Angel Publishing was shortlisted for the 2012 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards and for the Green Communications Award 2012.

Start Date: 23rd January 2018. THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED. The next available writing course for teenagers starts on January 30th with Kerry Drewery. For further details on Kerry’s next teenagers course, visit this page.

Price: €130

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants.

While it states that it’s a creative writing course for teenagers, this one-to-one course is suitable for anyone who’s aged 12-18.

You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day, as the course is carried out through email correspondence. You will be given weekly notes, tips and exercises to help you. Each exercise will be read by your tutor, Olive and you will receive written feedback. The main thing is to free up your imagination and above all have fun!

In the first module, we’ll look at how to find ideas and the importance of observation.

Characters are often the reason we read in the first place and we need someone to identify with. In the second week, we’ll examine what makes successful characters in fiction and you’ll have an opportunity to create your own character.

In Module 3, we’ll look at the different points of view, as in who is telling the story.

Whatever you’re writing, there will be a plot – something must happen to your characters. We’ll look at how to generate ideas and what you need to consider for your plot in the fourth week. We’ll also look at endings.

In Week 5, we’ll look at how to write effective dialogue and settings.

The final module will deal with revision, how to improve your writing and how to get your work into print.

“On embarking on the course, my hopes were to explore my writing, and extend my skills. However, the course had so much more impact, it actually changed my writing and the way I thought about it. The variety on the course meant that I could learn something different from each exercise, and the 6 week period definitely became more of a journey than I imagined. I particularly enjoyed the way in which Olive structured the course so that different concepts explored would build towards the final task, so you felt as though you had written something with guidance, rather than being instructed too strictly. Certain exercises stood out to me, especially one in which I was asked to write a piece inspired by what I observed when walking outside, and how my senses were stimulated; this really inspired me to use the environment around me in my writing, I realised that everyday events can be just as interesting as the unusual. I loved this course and the feedback I received from it, so I would definitely recommend it to any aspiring writers!” Holly.

“I really enjoyed the creative writing course for teenagers. I was sent one writing exercise each week for six weeks. Each exercise contained specific instructions about what to do, but at the same time there was plenty of room for creativity. I learned a lot in six weeks, such as how to build a good character, how to describe a setting, how to write a convincing dialogue, and much more (basically everything that has to do with writing a story). I had lots of fun and I feel like I improved my writing. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in creative writing and would like to improve their skills.” Hanna

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There are three payment options: online (by credit card or Visa debit), post (cheque, bank draft or postal order) and finally, bank transfer/lodgement.

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