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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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Welcome to the Intermediate Creative Writing Course: Unleash Your Narrative Potential

Are you prepared to elevate your creative writing abilities? Our online Intermediate Creative Writing Course presents an ideal opportunity for writers with prior experience or those who have successfully completed our Beginner’s Writing Course. It’s the next step to refine and cultivate your craft.

Tailored Guidance from Committed Instructors

Our skilled instructors are eager to provide you with personalised feedback every week. By submitting your work for review, you’ll gain invaluable insights and direction to enhance your writing.

Global Reach & Lifetime Access to Course Materials

Our courses are accessible to aspiring writers worldwide. Furthermore, you’ll retain lifelong access to all course materials once the course concludes, allowing you to revisit lessons whenever you need a refresher.

High Demand & Early Enrolment

Given the high demand for our Intermediate Creative Writing Course, we strongly recommend early enrolment to secure your spot. Seize this opportunity to sharpen your writing skills and unleash your storytelling potential.

Course Overview

This six-week online course offers an engaging and adaptable learning experience designed to accommodate busy schedules. With no fixed class times, you can progress through weekly text-based modules at your own pace, dedicating 2-3 hours each week to nurture your writing expertise.

Each week, you’ll delve into new subjects, exploring more intricate aspects of creative writing. Through interactive exercises, you’ll enhance your fiction writing and expand your storytelling toolkit.

What to Anticipate Week by Week

Lesson 1: Intermediate Fiction

Wondering how to impress your reader with your writing? This module shows you advice from published authors on editing and research.

Lesson 2: Points of View

How to show your reader a different perspective? This module shows you effective characterisation and personal causes.

Lesson 3: Non-Linear Narratives

Wondering how to keep your reader intrigued? A non-linear narrative might be the way to go. This module shows you how to write a time-travel story and your memories for a contemporary best-seller.

Lesson 4: Writing Symbolically

How to show your reader your themes without telling them? This module discusses the difference between symbolism and metaphor and how to effectively display them through dream sequences and poetic narratives.

Lesson 5: Adaptations and Parody.

Wondering how to make your reader laugh in a parody? Maybe you have an idea of how to improve your favourite story? This module shows you how to write an adaptation through advice on genre and editing.

Lesson 6: Flash Fiction and Editing

Wondering how to write engaging flash fiction. This module shows you how to write in the modern form that readers love. It also includes advice on how to get into the publishing industry.

Come Along!

Embark on this creative journey and uncover the writer within you. Register now for our Intermediate Creative Writing Course and let your imagination take flight!

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