Now enrolling for March 2017. Places fill up quickly.

Kildare Writing Centre.

Now enrolling for Spring/Summer courses.

Director: Pauline Clooney.


Established in 2016, the Kildare Writing Centre provides courses in creative writing in comfortable surroundings with small class sizes.

Now enrolling for Spring/Summer courses.

‘Writing that Short Story’.

If you’ve always wanted to write something, always believed that you had a story to tell but didn’t know where to start, then this is the course you’ve been waiting for. Over the ten weeks you will be guided through the craft and composition of the short story form. In a safe, group environment you will be encouraged to explore your ideas, write them down, share them with the group, and mould them into a form that will be your story.

Course out-line:

Week one:       Introduction: In the beginning was the word…

Week Two:      Characters: How we breathe life into fictitious people.

Week Three:    Plot: A matter of beginning, middle and ending.

Week four:       Point of view: Who tells the story?

Week Five:       Setting: Exploring ways of using time and place so that your reader knows exactly where they are.

Week six:         Dialogue: Where there are people, there is talk.

Week seven:    Description: Using the senses to bring your story to life.

Week eight:     Voice/Style: Discovering your natural, narrative voice.

Week nine:      Theme: What’s it all about…really?

Week ten:        The writing life: Getting down to the nitty gritty daily routines of writing and revision.

Dates: Course runs over ten weeks from Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 to Tuesday, June 6th, 2017. There is a break of one week on Tuesday, April 18th.

Time: Classes start at 7pm – 10pm with a break of fifteen minutes for refreshments.

Fees: Cost is €300. A deposit of €50 is required to secure a place. The remainder €250 will be due on the first night.

Class size: Places on the course are limited to nine.

Location:  Athgarvan, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Contact details:, Ph. 087 6347377 or 045 442324,

About the Director:

Pauline Clooney grew up in the Midlands. She is an English, History and Creative Writing teacher. She holds an M.Litt on Charlotte Brontë from NUI Maynooth(2006), a 1st Class Honours Certificate in Creative Writing for Publication from NUI Maynooth (2013) and a 1st Class Honours MA in Creative Writing from UCD. She is working on her debut novel.

She has organised the literary event ‘Creative Fusions’ as part of the Newbridge festival of Culture, June Fest, and its predecessor, Bealtaine.

Pauline has had her stories anthologised and shortlisted for the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition and the Doolin Short Story competition in 2014. She has been longlisted for the inaugural Colm Toibin Short Story Competition (2016), the Fish Short Memoir competition (2014) and the Fish Short Story Prize (2015) and was placed second in the Doolin Short Story competition (2015).

She won the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition in 2015.

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