The Writers Retreat

by Emily Bunbury

Writing for Young People
Writing for Young People

Join experienced and award winning writers, Sheena Wilkinson and E.R. Murray, for a week-long residential course that will guide you through the art and craft of writing for young people. Through relevant writing exercises, group discussion and one-to-one sessions, you will gain practical knowledge that you can apply to your own work in progress.

Patricia Forde, author and vice-chair of Children’s Books Ireland, will join the group midweek as guest writer, with readings and more conversations about writing and the world of publishing. This course is aimed at anyone interested in writing fiction for young people and is limited to 12 participants. From the art of re-drafting to navigating the contemporary publishing world, we will help you to develop as a writer in this exciting genre.

Course outline:

Among the areas to be covered are:

  • Finding inspiration
  • Voice and point of view
  • Plot and structure
  • World building
  • Dialogue
  • Editing: the art of rewriting
  • Submissions and the market

One-to-one sessions will also be held to focus on your work in progress.

Date: Mon Feb 20th - Sat Feb 25th 2017     Tutors: Sheena Wilkinson and E.R. Murray   Mid Week Guest: Patricia Forde

Fee: €700   This includes:  

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Full board
  • All workshops
  • One-to-one sessions with each of the tutors to discuss your work
  • Time and space to write
  • Group meal / discussion with Guest Writer   *All rooms are single occupancy, double rooms.

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