Claire Hennessy

Creative Writing teacher

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Dublin, Ireland
Claire Hennessy | Creative Writing teacher

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Writer and creative writing teacher.

Specialities include:
1) introduction to creative writing
2) writing for young people
3) novel writing
4) workshops for kids and teens

Writing:
I write mostly young adult fiction and have had nine novels published by Poolbeg Press, Dublin, over the last decade. I also write short fiction and book reviews.

Speaking/Teaching:
I have over a decade of experience giving talks, readings, and workshops in schools and libraries all around Ireland. I have spoken at conferences on topics such as writing for children and teens, teenagers' reading habits, and creative writing in gifted education. I teach regularly at CTYI (the Irish Centre for Talented Youth) at DCU (Novel Writing, Imaginative Writing, etc) and at the Big Smoke Writing Factory (http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com), where I am also a director of the organisation.

Education:
BA (History and English Literature), MPhil (Popular Literature), Trinity College Dublin.

Group Classes

Beginning To Write Children's Fiction

Book online at http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/Courses_btwcf.php

It's a: 
class
Venue: 
Big Smoke Writing Factory
Location: 
7 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Date and time: 
WEDNESDAYS, starting September 26th 2012, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Rates: 
€150 (6 weeks)

Beginning To Write Fiction

This course is designed for anyone interested in starting to write fiction, or for anyone who writes stories but would like to develop and improve their skills. The course will explore character, plot, voice/viewpoint, setting and description, and dialogue. We will also look at the varieties of short story forms, the novella, and the novel. In later weeks there will be the opportunity for participants to share their work with the group and receive constructive criticism.

BOOK ONLINE NOW: http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/Courses_btwfiction.php

It's a: 
class
Venue: 
Big Smoke Writing Factory
Location: 
, Dublin 2, Ireland
Date and time: 
Next class runs: TUESDAYS, 6.30pm-8.30pm, starting September 25th, 2012.
Rates: 
€150 (6 weeks)

Beginning To Write

This introduction to creative writing explores a range of topics, from character and plot development to voice and style. Through writing exercises and examples from literature, participants will develop an awareness of various poetic and literary tools and techniques, and become more comfortable putting pen to paper to express themselves creatively. This class provides space for the beginning writer to share their work in a supportive workshop environment, and is suitable for writers working in all forms (poetry, drama, fiction, etc.).

Booking and more information is available from http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/Beginners.php

It's a: 
class
Venue: 
Big Smoke Writing Factory
Location: 
7 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Date and time: 
Offered at various times/different days - check http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/Beginners.php
Rates: 
240 euro (10 week course)

Song and Writing summer 2012 workshop!

SONG AND WRITING workshops are an ideal way of getting in touch with your creativity and building confidence - as well as having fun! For ages 10-17. Booking available now at: http://www.songandwriting.com/workshops.html

Creative workshop for tweens and teens over the summer. Song writing, creative writing, drama, music and performance are incorporated into workshops which might include: writing a jingle, inventing a new kind of vampire, outlining a novel, creating a story for a movie, writing the hit song that goes with that movie. . . and all other kinds of activities! All levels of writing and musical experience are catered for. The most important thing is that participants are willing to try new things and enjoy themselves!

NOTE: returning students are more than welcome.

Age guidelines:
TEEN (14-17)
TWEEN (10-13)

http://www.songandwriting.com/

It's a: 
workshop
Venue: 
Ballinteer Community School
Location: 
Ballinteer, Dublin 16, Ireland
Date and time: 
16-20 July 2012 (Mon-Fri). Tweens (10-13 years) 10am - 12.30pm. Teens (14-17 years) 10am - 3.30pm.
Rates: 
150 euro (teens), 75 euro (tweens). Family discount available

Novel In Progress

Workshop for those who are in the middle of, or finishing, or revising novels or novel-length projects. For those who don't want or need a 'beginning to write a novel' class but value the workshop environment and some guidance where appropriate. Information about publishing is also provided. Returning students to Novel In Progress as well as newcomers are welcome!

Registration is available online at http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/NovelInProgress.php

It's a: 
workshop
Venue: 
Big Smoke Writing Factory
Location: 
7 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Date and time: 
Mondays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Next term begins Sept 24th, 2012.
Rates: 
€250 (10 weeks)

Experience

Irish Writers' Centre

I taught at the Irish Writers' Centre, Dublin between 2006 and 2009. My classes concentrated on Novel Writing, with both a general Novel class (for those starting a book) and a more intensive workshop format for the Novel 2 class (for those who had novels in progress). I also taught an Intermediate Creative Writing class for the centre which concentrated on a broader range of writing forms.

Dates: 
Sep 2006 - Jan 2009

CTYI

Since 2005, I've worked at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) based at Dublin City University. I've designed and taught classes for gifted 8-16-year-olds like Script Writing, Writing Stories, Book Vs Film, The World of Harry Potter, Imaginative Writing and Novel Writing. I've also worked on writing-related correspondence courses as both tutor and course designer. I spoke at the first CTYI conference in 2008 as well as at their Literary Day that same year.

Dates: 
Jun 2005 - Dec 2013

writer and speaker

Author of nine novels for the teenage/young adult audience, all published by Poolbeg Press. Has given talks (on writing, publishing, and related issues), readings, and workshops in schools and libraries all around the country since 2000.

Dates: 
Jan 2000 - Dec 2013

Educational history

MPhil in Popular Literature

Dates: 
September, 2010 - September, 2011
Institution: 
Trinity College Dublin

BA (History and English)

Dates: 
October, 2005 - May, 2009
Institution: 
Trinity College Dublin

Services

Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered


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