Sat 29th & Sun 30th September: 10.30am to 4.30pm, €150/€135 members
This exciting and intensive two-day course will be ideal for aspiring and already practising fantasy fiction writers. The first day will cover the problems and techniques of building imaginary worlds and how to make them believable. Key to this is the question of style and how language is used to express the fantastical. Methods and contrasting techniques of character description will also be explored, and students will be given writing exercises in the class to develop their strengths in both these areas.
The second day will cover the process and business of writing. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss their approaches to date and the successes and pitfalls that they encountered along the way. Finally, the practical issues of how to find a publisher or an agent for your finished work will be covered in step-by-step detail, from writing your first query letter to what to expect once you've sold your manuscript. This will be an all-encompassing two-day course and should prove to be supremely beneficial to anyone interested in writing fantasy fiction.
Born and raised in Dublin, Celine Kiernan has spent the majority of her working life between Germany, Ireland and the USA, but for the past ten years has more or less settled in Ireland where she now works as a novelist and comic-book artist.
Celine’s Moorehawke Trilogy has been published in Germany, Australia, Spain, UK, USA, France, Poland, Russia and Holland. The first book of the Moorehawk Trilogy, The Poison Throne, was first published in Ireland in 2008. It won the 2009 Readers' Association of Ireland Award for best book, was included in the White Raven Collection (2009) and short listed for the 2009 Irish Book Awards in two categories (best newcomer and best children's book). It was long-listed for the 2010 Australian Inkys Award.
Celine's fourth novel, Into the Grey, was published in 2011. It is set in 1974 Ireland, and continues Kiernan's exploration of political, historical and philosophical themes through fantasy elements. It won both the CBI Book of the Year Award and the CBI Children's Choice Award in 2012.