The War Against Cliché:
A Workshop for Intermediate Writers and Blocked Writers
12 Weeks. 2 Hours per Week. €120.
In the first hour, students will discuss the topics introduced through the course content:
· The Aims of Writing
· The War against Cliché
· Criticism and Cynicism
· Blocked Writers
· Looking at Comedy Seriously
The course content will examine literature by authors including: Flann O Brien, Voltaire, Edward Burke, Sean O Faoláin, Arthur Schopenhauer, Richard Ford, W.G. Sebald, Tobias Wolfe, Roland Barthes, Martin Amis, Clive James, Anthony Lane, George Saunders, Jonathan Lethem, Greg Baxter, Philip Lopate, William Hazlitt, David Means, Geoff Dyer, George Steiner, Joshua Ferris, John Updike, Donald Barthelme, Woody Allen, James Thurber, and more.
In the second hour of each class, students will give feedback to one another’s writing. The purpose of this creative component is to develop editing skills and a constructively critical eye for improving initial drafts.
By the end of the course, students will have produced two pieces of writing, which will have been edited by a dozen other writers. Also they will have examined the act of writing, the reasons we stop, and some reasons to start again.
Prior booking is essential.
Tel: 087 7908493 (Dara)