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February 2018

One Day Fiction Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill

3 February @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road
PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland BT55 7HU United Kingdom
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  Topics covered include: Building Characters; Creating a sense of place; Selecting point of view. Suitable for both beginners and experienced fiction writers, short story writers and novelists. Participants will be invited to take part in writing exercises in order to develop their work and practice. You're welcome to bring a packed lunch and we have a tea/coffee machine and some snacks available at reception.

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Begin Your Novel with Bernie McGill

27 February @ 7:00 pm - 17 April @ 9:00 pm
Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within
LONDONDERRY, BT48 6PU United Kingdom
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Starts: Tues 27 Feb 2018 Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Duration: 8 Weeks Cost: €88*/£80 Location: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry  *Please note this cost is based on the currency exchange rate of £80. In this 8-week course, we will look at: structuring work; writing openings with impact; developing setting; creating credible characters; selecting point of view; writing dialogue; editing and redrafting; outlets for completed work. You will be invited to take part in writing exercises to further develop your work and to share your writing with other class members. Suitable for committed writers. Participants should come with a 250 word outline for a novel. Works-in-progress are welcomed. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels, The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet, both published by Tinder Press, and of a short story collection, Sleepwalkers, published by Whittrick Press. To book, please contact The Irish Writers' Centre (organiser) by phone on (+353) 1 872 1302; by email at info@writerscentre.ie or book online here: https://irishwriterscentre.ie/products/northern-ireland-begin-your-novel-with-bernie-mcgill  

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March 2018

A Sense of Place with Bernie McGill, Claire Savage and Margot McCuaig

8 March @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Waterstones, Coleraine, 10 Church Street
Coleraine, BT52 1AP United Kingdom
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Join Bernie McGill, Claire Savage and Margot McCuaig as they explore the ways in which landscape - particularly the North Antrim coast, Rathlin Island and its surrounding areas - presents a power and an influence in creative writing. Margot McCuaig is a storyteller and published novelist. She writes, produces and directs award-winning documentary feature films. She also makes live television programmes as a producer and executive producer. She’s a mother and grandmother, sitting at the centre of an amazing family, and she lives in Glasgow, Scotland and Rathlin Island, Ireland; a beautiful city and an inspirational island. Claire Savage published her debut children’s novel, Magical Masquerade, in April 2017, officially launching it at the Belfast Book Festival in June. Chosen as one of Lagan Online’s 12NOW (New Original Writers) for 2016/17, Claire also writes short stories and poetry, with various work published in literary journals. Claire has just received a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funding as part of its Support for Individual Artists Programme (under the General Arts Award Scheme). This will support her in her artistic production and promotion, drafting a second novel, and creating a support structure for the first. Bernie McGill’s first novel, The Butterfly Cabinet,…

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