Thursday, April 29, 2021


By Joe Barrett

ARE you interested in short story writing?

If so, the Arts Office of Laois County Council is hosting a four-week online course with writer Pauline Clooney that can help you.

The first of the courses begin on Monday 10 May and runs for the following three Mondays up to 31 May from 7pm to 9pm each of the nights.

The focus of the courses are to explore ideas for stories and learn the craft associated with the short story form and be broken into four defined areas of development of the story. The online classes will include activities that allow you to practise different elements of the craft. There will be a reading and a writing assignment each week with teh goal being to complete a short story.

Those taking part will be invited to share their work in progress each week to facilitate discussions.

Ms Clooney has already presented a very successful writing workshop at Laois Arthouse in Stradbally during the 2018 Laois Bealtaine Festival.

The course is open to adults only and places are limited to 10 and cost €30/€20 (concession).

Online payment will be required to secure a place and this can be done by emailing [email protected] with your name and contact number before Friday 7May.

Pauline Clooney who is originally from Laois is an award-winning short story writer and has been living and working in Kildare for over 30 years. A former teacher of English and History, she left that career in 2017 to concentrate on her writing.

Her debut novel Charlotte and Arthur, re-imagining Charlotte Brontë’s honeymoon in Ireland in 1854 will be published in October.

Ms Clooney is also the founding member of the Kildare Writing Centre where she facilitates courses in all aspects of creative writing.

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