After a sold-out course in Feb/March, the Writers’ Workbench at Block T is running again.
A six-week course starting Wednesday Oct 30th
Aiden O’Reilly has worked as translator, building-site worker, mathematics teacher, and property magazine editor. His fiction has been widely published and he won the biannual McLaverty Short Story Award in 2008.
I’ve had an office desk at Block T in Dublin 8 for two years and it’s a great boost to write in an atmosphere of a constant creative buzz. Video editors, a theatre director, a jewellery maker, painters, a musician, and a pallet furniture maker all work here at Block T – and occasionally teach.
When I was planning a writing course to be held here, it was natural to take the approach that writing can be viewed as a craft with a selection of skills at your disposal. I picture a writer’s toolbox: some tools are essential, but some you try out for a while, see if it suits your needs, then try another. There are distinct techniques for handling dialogue, description, voice, minimalist style, pacing, and even humble punctuation. In my day job I proofread technical manuals, and editing skills form an important part of the course.
The course could be just the ticket for writers stuck in a rut, or those just starting out, those who need a hands-on approach, and those who feel they’ve been working away too much on their own. We’ve had bloggers and non-fiction writers on the course before: they benefit from the techniques often thought of as being in the domain of fiction writing.