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Novel Writing with Bernie McGill

9. February 2019 @ 10:00 am - 23. March 2019 @ 2:15 pm


This 16 hour course will run on Saturday 9th & Saturday 23rd February and Saturday 9th & Saturday 23rd March 2019 from 10.00am-2.15pm each day at the Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Artillery Road, Derry.

In this course, participants will look at: structuring work; writing openings with impact; developing setting; creating credible characters; selecting point of view; writing dialogue; editing and redrafting; outlets for completed work. You will be invited to take part in writing exercises to further develop your work and to share your writing with other class members. Suitable for committed writers who are beginning or developing a novel. Participants should come with a 250 word outline for a novel. Works-in-progress are welcomed.

Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill short story prize, and of the novels The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House. She has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and in the Netherlands. Her short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines, and for the theatre she has written The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers. She works as a professional mentor with the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin and as a Writer in Schools for Poetry Ireland. She is currently Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.

This course is kindly sponsored by Arts Council Northern Ireland.

Cost: €88 (£80) Book online at the Irish Writers’ Centre or email info@writerscentre.ie or Tel. (+353) 1 872 1302.


Irish Writers’ Centre
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The Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre
5-7 Artillery Street
Derry, BT48 6RG United Kingdom
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