Mick Donnellan to Lecture
New Creative Writing Module
Athlone Institute of Technology
Duration: 10 Weeks
Course Fee: €160
Tel: 0906 483050
Aim of the course:
The aim of this course is to provide students with the tools on how to write, why to write, what to write about and how to get it published. Most budding writers often find they are burning to tell a story, but don’t know how/where to start. Once completed, each participant will leave with the necessary skills to enter the writing industry with confidence and direction. This will include advice/contacts on where and how to send to your work, as well as ways to self promote/produce your writing. An end of course assignment will also ensure each participant finishes with a publishable piece of writing to present to potential agents/publishers. (Students are also welcome to bring existing works in progress to the class to have it discussed, critiqued and developed. )
Course Outline –
- Writing techniques. Styles of writing. Different genres. Thriller? Chick Lit? Crime? True Stories? What language to use. How to pace your story. Plot and suspense.
- The Art of Fiction – Novel/Novella/Short Story?
- Journalism – How to write for the media compared to the fiction market.
- Screenwriting – How to write for film. What format to use. How to think visually. Getting the script produced.
- Drama How to write good drama and dialogue. Developing an ear for the rhythms of speech. Getting your Play produced.
- Poetry – A look at past and contemporary poets and how the art has evolved.
- Memoir – telling your life story. How and why to do it!
- Non Fiction – Historical writing. Biography/Auto Biography.
- Publishing industry – Where to send your work. The right people to send it to. How to prepare and present your Manuscript/Screenplay/Poetry collection.
- Chance for students to have their work openly critiqued and discussed by others in the class, if they wish to do so.
This course is ideal for writers at all levels of their career. It is particularly suited for beginners and those who need a channel to express themselves creatively.
No experience is required as the course will cover the basics of writing and gradually move through the different stages towards publishing success. It will be an enjoyable, stress free course with one assignment at the end. It will also help those writers working in isolation and looking for a constructive environment to share and develop their work.
Previous students have had their writing published locally and nationally and some have gone on to be accepted into prestigious university writing programmes such as the Masters in Trinity College, Dublin and NUI Galway.
About Mick Donnellan:
Mick Donnellan completed the MA in Writing at NUIG in 2004. Since then he has worked as a novelist, journalist, travel writer, teacher and Playwright. He completed his first novel, El Niño, in 2005 and immediately secured a literary agent. He left Ireland soon after and went on to live in Spain, Australia and Canada. While traveling he worked as a travel writer and Journalist and co-founded the Arts Paper – Urban Pie – in Vancouver. Upon returning to Ireland he went on to work with Druid (2009) and RTE (2010).
Most recently, he established his own theatre company, Truman Town Theatre.
All Truman Town Plays are written, directed, and produced by Mick. The company exploded on to the theatrical circuit in 2011 with their hit Play – Sunday Morning Coming Down. Following a national tour, they went on to produce (and tour) two more hugely successful Plays Shortcut to Hallelujah and Gun Metal Grey. These dramas eventually became known as the “Ballinrobe Trilogy.” More recently, the company toured a fourth Play Velvet Revolution and in 2014, Radio Luxembourg, his fifth Play, was bought by a London Film Company (Dixon/Baxi/Evans) and has been adapted for the screen.
The title for the movie version is “Tiger Raid”. Starring Brian Gleeson, Damian Molony and Sofia Boutella, it had its world premiere at the Tribeca film festival (2016) and was also seen at Cannes and Edinburgh and the Irish Premiere was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh.
El Niño is now published and Mick is currently in negotiations to sell the screen rights. Between that, he teaches writing while promoting his second novel “Fisherman’s Blues.” and keeping Truman Town on the go.
Most of 2017 has been working on the exciting screen adaptation of “Shortcut to Hallelujah” with Florence Films. Hot off the press, the screenplay is titled “Sam” and is based around the gypsy curse supposedly set on the Mayo Football team as they returned home as All Ireland Champions in 1951. “Sam” is set in the present day and deals with themes of Mayo life and the hope of bringing the Sam Maguire home. Drenched in Irish lyricism and modern day dark humour, the script has been been met with keen interest by film producers and actors throughout the industry.
More on Mick Donnellan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Donnellan