Spinning Straw into Gold

ONLINE via Zoom
10.30am to 1.30pm IST/GMT Saturday 21 November
Course fee €50

Who this course is for

If you’ve always wanted to write but don’t know where to start, or if you’re returning to writing after some time away, this half-day, online workshop is for you. This workshop aims to get your creativity flowing in an inspiring and enjoyable way. It will banish your fear of the blank page. In it you will mine your memories and hone your observational skills to spark your imagination and create compelling fiction, poetry or memoir.

What you can expect

In this workshop we will begin with where to get ideas and how to get started. Then, using fun writing exercises and discussion, we will explore what makes a good story. We will gather tips and ideas to create a writing toolbox that will help you write in your chosen genre. In the class you will write, read, share and discuss. Most of all, you will have fun and come away with a renewed sense of excitement about the creative writing process.

What will you learn

You will come away with tips and advice on how to improve your writing, and a reservoir of ideas to get started on.

Your tutor

Justine Carbery is a teacher, author and journalist, who lectures in Creative Writing at UCD. As a book reviewer for the Sunday Independent, she has her finger on the pulse of current trends and brings a wealth of knowledge of the book world to her teaching. An ardent sea swimmer she knows all about the challenge of dipping your toe into new waters.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

You are entitled to a refund within one week of your payment, (less card processing fee of 0.02% of the workshop fee) provided that the workshop has not already started.
We cannot refund fees in respect of cancellation after this time. We cannot offer partial refunds to students who do not finish the workshop.

Feedback on Justine Carbery’s classes at the Irish Writers Centre

“Best class I’ve ever done” Ann
“The highlight of my week” Helen
“Justine, thank you for being such an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher! You have taught me a lot -and not just about writing- and I will cherish your lessons forever. “ Silvia
Student Feedback UCD
“I did Creative Writing with Justine in my first semester in third year and I am delighted to have had her as tutor. She is energetic, passionate and knowledgeable on her subject. It was a highly interesting class and I very much enjoyed the experience.”
“Justine’s classes were, honestly, the best in my time in UCD. Her creative writing module was fun, interesting, and informative. She encouraged us and coaxed out our talents with her passion and great knowledge of the subject. Any fears of sharing our work or self-doubt were put at ease by her and I can fully say I am a better writer, both creatively and academically, because of her.”