You are invited to join:
Mick Donnellan’s Online Creative Writing Course
7.30 – 9pm
Duration 8 Weeks
Registration Fee €120
*Early Booking Advised.*
Mobile: (087) 9422942.
About Mick Donnellan:
Mick Donnellan has been running the highly successful Creative Writing Programme at AIT since September 2017. Many of his 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 Trinity College, Dublin and NUI Galway. Three previous students have had novels published while April 2019 saw the publication of Tales from the Heart – a collection of creative work from the class – which was launched at the AIT by bestselling author, and esteemed politician, Mary O’Rourke.
Mick is now excited to bring the course online and offer potential places to writers on a national and international level. More on Mick Donnellan http://www.mickdonnellan.com
About the Course:
Building on the creative momentum gathered in recent classes, the course will concentrate on Fiction, Poetry, and Non-Fiction Each student will get a chance to work on a creative project of their choice and use the class as a safe environment to get feedback, ask questions, and learn new techniques and approaches to their craft.
The Fiction Module will explore the art of the Short Story, different genres of the modern novel as well as how to plot and develop your story or book. This will be an incisive and educational exploration of the writing process and will enlighten students in ways that help them make substantial leaps forward in their creative careers.
The Poetry Module will examine Poets past and present as well as dive into the poetic mind and process. We will pull back the veil on conventional poetry and examine the difference between sincere verse and commercial rhyme. Aspiring poets will share work and get constructive feedback on their voice, themes and style.
Non-Fiction will cover a myriad of writing styles such as Biography, Memoir, Journalism, Review, Writing Features and Online Media. Students often find this aspect of the course the most educational and discover talents they never knew they had. For instance, Fiction writers often find they are better at Memoir and poets find passion for Blogging or Journalism. Some Short Story writers have found they prefer writing Biography. This module will help students realise their full potential and ensure they are not locked into one specific style or type of writing.
Course Intended for:
This course is ideal for writers at all levels of their career. It suits beginners and those who need a channel to express themselves creatively. No experience is required as we will cover the basics of writing and gradually move through the different stages towards publishing success. It will also help those writers working in isolation and looking for a constructive environment to share and develop their work.
It will run for eight weeks and and will require the following:
- A stable Internet connection capable of holding a Zoom meeting.
- A familiarity with online communication formats such as Zoom.
- Decent understanding of writing software such as Microsoft Word and the ability to upload attachments to e-mail when necessary.
For registration, please contact Mick on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: (087) 9422942.
*Please be aware that this is an independent venture and is not affiliated with, or accredited by, the Athlone Institute of Technology or any other educational institution.
More about Mick:
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).
Later, 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.”
Moving slightly from rural settings but not themes, the company toured a fourth Play, Velvet Revolution. An intense two hander set in a stark urban landscape, it created interest in Mick’s work among the film industry. He followed Velvet Revolution with his fifth Play – Radio Luxembourg and it was immediately optioned by London Film Company Dixon/Baxi/Evans and adapted for the screen.
While the film was in development, Mick’s second novel – Fisherman’s Blues – was published and enjoyed positive reviews. Soon after, Mick was taken on board as screenwriter on the Radio Luxembourg project.
After some months commuting to and from London, the script was locked down and a shoot organised in the Jordanian desert.
Titled Tiger Raid and Starring Brian Gleeson, Damian Molony and Sofia Boutella, it was accepted into the Tribeca film festival (New York) and was also seen at Cannes and Edinburgh, and the Irish Premiere was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh.
You can watch the trailer for Tiger Raid here:
Most recent projects include working with Playwright Eugene O’Brien and Director Jim Culleton as part of the Scripts Ireland Drama Festival. Hosted online in May 2020, Mick’s short Play – The Crucified Silence placed in the top three winning entries and was judged by The Abbey Theatre. In other work, there is the exciting screen adaptation of Shortcut to Hallelujah with Florence Films. 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. Set in the present day, Sam is drenched in Irish lyricism and modern day dark humour.
Mick has also worked as a lecturer at NUI Galway and his third novel – Mokusatsu – was published in May 2019.