Beginners Creative Writing Course

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TUTOR: Maria is an author and poet. Her short story, ‘Reading Brother Boniface’, was shortlisted for the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award, and a number of other short stories and flash fictions pieces have been published in various journals.

In July 2017, Maria’s debut novel, THE LAST LOST GIRL, was published by Poolbeg Press. The book went on to be shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien Debut Award 2018 and the Annie McHale Debut Award 2018. Maria’s second novel, ON BONE BRIDGE was published in July 2018, also by Poolbeg Press. Her third novel, BAD SWEET THINGS, a Crime Thriller/Police Procedural was published in 2021.

Maria has also published a children’s book, The Little Book of Irish Saints, with Poolbeg Press, and has been teaching creative writing for several years.

Start Date: 26th June, 2024

Duration: Six Weeks

Price: €170

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Unleash Your Creative Potential: The Ultimate 6-Week Online Creative Writing Course for Beginners

Welcome to the beginning of your creative writing journey! Our 6-week online creative writing course is designed specifically for beginners ready to explore the world of storytelling, character development, and captivating prose. Due to high demand, we encourage you to register early and secure your spot in this transformative experience.

Not Just for Those in Ireland; this beginner’s course is the perfect starting point for writers commencing their growth journey anywhere in the world.

Expert Guidance and Personalised Feedback

Our experienced tutors are dedicated to helping you grow as a writer. When you enrol in the course, a dedicated professional tutor will be available to provide personalised feedback on your work throughout the six weeks. These one-on-one interactions with your tutor will improve your writing skills and boost your confidence as a budding writer.

Flexible Learning at Your Own Pace

We understand that life can be busy, which is why our course is designed with your schedule in mind. There are no set class times, so you can work through the weekly modules at your own pace whenever it’s most convenient for you. We recommend dedicating 2-3 hours per week to get the most out of the course content and assignments.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

Each week, a new module will be released, covering essential aspects of creative writing. After completing the course, you will have a strong foundation in creative writing, as well as your own original work to showcase your newfound skills.

What Our Modules Look Like

Week One:
Starting To Write

What propels you to put pen to paper? How do you generate ideas? We’ll try a variety of exercises to free you up creatively, and give you the confidence to put pen to paper.

Week Two: Character

What do we mean by character? This week we’ll use all our powers of observation to bring people to life through writing.

Week Three: Setting

How does setting help tell a story, and why is it important? We’ll look at the role played by place and the environment when writing compelling fiction.

Week Four: Dialogue

How to write good dialogue? We’ll experiment with a variety of techniques to help you write succinct and enlivening dialogue that will hold your reader’s interest.

Week Five: Plot

How to plan and structure a narrative? This week we’ll take the long view, looking at how attention to plot can help build a convincing story.

Week Six: The Editing Process

Coming back to your work and redrafting is a skill in itself. We’ll look at how to approach that challenge, where to focus your energies, and how to better know yourself as a writer.

Embark on Your Creative Journey Today

Don’t miss the opportunity to unlock your creative potential and take the first step toward becoming a skilled writer. Register now for our 6-week online beginner’s creative writing course, and begin your journey toward mastering the art of storytelling.

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

Start Date

26th June


6 weeks




Maria Hoey