Kildare Writing Centre

20160710_160101Established in 2016, the Kildare Writing Centre provides courses in creative writing in comfortable surroundings with small class sizes.

The Autumn 2017 courses are up and running. The next course now will be Winter 2018. You can now register for this class below.

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 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 outline

Week 1: Introduction: In the beginning was the word…

Week 2: Characters: How we breathe life into fictitious people.

Week 3: Plot: A matter of beginning, middle and ending.

Week 4: Point of view: Who tells the story?

Week 5: Setting: Exploring ways of using time and place so that your reader knows exactly where they are.

Week 6: Dialogue: Where there are people, there is talk.

Week 7: Description: Using the senses to bring your story to life.

Week 8: Voice/Style: Discovering your natural, narrative voice.

Week 9: Theme: What’s it all about…really?

Week 10:The writing life: Getting down to the nitty gritty daily routines of writing and revision.

Dates & Location

This course runs over ten weeks from Tuesday, January 9th until March 13th, 2018.

Time: Classes run from 7pm – 10pm with a break of fifteen minutes for refreshments (supplied)

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

Location: Athgarvan, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.


Cost and registration

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

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Contact details, Phone. 087 6347377 or 045 442324

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Director: Pauline Clooney

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(2015). She is currently working on her debut novel.

She has organised the literary event as part of the Newbridge festival of Culture, June Fest since 2013 and its predecessor in the 1990s, 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 Tóibín 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.