Four Week Beginners Creative Writing Course

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: 30th January 2018. THIS FOUR-WEEK COURSE IS NOW CLOSED. The next available beginners course starts on January 30th with Doreen Duffy. It runs for six weeks. For further details on the six-week beginners creative writing course, please visit this page.

Price: €95

Places are strictly limited to 5 participants.

Our four week one-to-one Online Beginners Creative Writing Course is suitable for complete beginners. It’s also suitable if you haven’t written anything for a while and if you’d like to get back into a writing routine.

There will be weekly notes and exercises to help you. Each exercise will be read by your tutor and you’ll receive weekly written feedback on the exercises.

But the main thing is to have fun during the course!

The course will cover:

(1) Introduction – In the first week, we’ll take a look at the importance of observation and the power of memory.

(2) Characters – The second module will examine what makes successful characters in fiction.

(3) Plot and Endings. We’ll look at how to generate ideas, we’ll also examine conflict in a story. And we’ll take a look at endings and some do’s and don’t’s!

(4) Dialogue. In this module we’ll give you some tips on how to write effective dialogue.

“I found the course incredibly useful for establishing a practice of writing, the exercises are extremely useful and Olive’s feedback is valuable, inspiring and encouraging. I would highly recommend the course to anyone toying with the idea of it- it is certainly something you would never regret.” Jen

“I found this creative writing course extremely helpful, especially as I’m a beginner and didn’t do any previous courses. I found the exercises versatile and fun, I thoroughly feel as though I’ve grown as a young writer with the help of Olive and her weekly feedback and tips…I recommend this course to anyone who simply likes to write and wants to grow as a writer…I honestly feel as though I’ve flourished as a writer, from this course.”

To find out more about how the online courses work, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions. For any other queries, you can email us at

You can view our cancellation/refund policy here.


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

ONLINE: If you are paying online, PayPal accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express.  Visa debit or Visa credit cards may be used. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to pay and you don’t need to register with PayPal. Click on the Buy Now button below to proceed. You will then be provided with the option to log in (if you have a PayPal account) or to enter your credit card details (if you don’t have a PayPal account).

PayPal will ask you for your name and email address which we will use to register you on the course. If you’d prefer to use another email address for the course correspondence or if you’re paying on behalf of another student, when you have processed the payment, you can send the relevant email address and name for the course correspondence to Once you have processed the payment, we will email you within 24 hours to confirm receipt.

POST: You can send a cheque, bank draft or postal order made payable to “Creative Writing Ink” to us at Creative Writing Ink, Unit 1G The Atrium Building, Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool, Cork, Ireland. Please also include your name, email address and your chosen course.

BANK TRANSFER/LODGEMENT: If you’d like to pay by bank transfer or make a lodgement, you can contact us at for our bank account details.