Friday 27 June 2008

Carlo Gébler Creative Writing Course

From the CWN Weekly Newsletter

5 day Intensive Creative Writing Course

Duration: 1 week (5 days)
Date: 28 July – 1 August 2008
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course tutor: Carlo Gébler

Course Details

This is a week-long course for experienced practitioners. The purpose of the course will be to help those who want to advance or finish a novel. In order to facilitate this, participants must bring the manuscript they would like to advance or finish, plus a short three written description of this novel and a summary of its plot. It must be stressed it does not matter what type or genre of novel participants are writing: all types of fiction will be welcome. Participants must also expect to read from their work-in-progress during the week.

Each morning will start with an informal presentation by the tutor on a novel or short story he admires and that he believes has something to teach those who want to write.

After the informal presentation participants will read from their work. Everyone will be expected to read to the group in the week. Each reading will be followed by a discussion, led by the tutor, on what has just been read aloud. These group discussions will form the heart of the workshop. Individual tutorials will also be part of the programme if there is enough time.

By the end of the week, participants will have a much clearer idea of how to advance or finish a complex piece of work.

Please note that it will not be possible during the course for the tutor to the read the work of participants either in or out of course hours.

The course runs from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August 2008. The course hours are 10.00 to 4.00 daily with an hour for lunch. The course tutor prefers if participants attend for the full duration of the course. The number of participants is limited to 10

The course sounds brilliant, and I'd love to have that kind of time to spare. I've an old manuscript that could do with this sort of attention. Alas, I must work to earn a crust, and have little Brennans that I don't want to abandon for that long.

The newsletter doesn't mention how much the course will cost, but I imagine the details will be on the Irish Writers' Centre website soon enough.

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