The Dublin Young Authors writing, performance and storytelling workshop for talented teens (ages 14-17) runs regularly at Big Smoke. Our spring 2019 course runs for 6 weeks on Saturdays beginning 2nd February 2019.
Delivered by poet and performer Dave Lordan and YA author and editor Claire Hennessy, both of whom have extensive experience working with teenagers in schools, libraries, youth clubs, festivals and summer programmes, it is designed to be a challenging, intensive, thought-provoking and fun environment for teens passionate about writing (in all forms – from penning poetry on the page to incorporating multimedia and digital storytelling into work – and genres).
Participants are encouraged to write and create various pieces of work, drawing on their own interests and experiences, with a view to sharing some of this (if so inclined) in a showcase for family and friends at the end of the programme. Alongside a variety of writing and creativity exercises, there will also be short talks and discussions on different aspects of being a writer in the modern world.
Both newcomers and participants in previous DYA workshops are welcome. Each round of Dublin Young Authors offers something different.
For teen workshops, all new participants and their parents/guardians should fill out this form: DYA form even if paying online. The form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please view our Child Protection policy here: DYA_CPP
Feedback from Previous Students
“I really enjoyed the course… I learnt that even though my writing isn’t bad I need to think through it more… It’s good to have something to improve on. I felt that this was a safe environment to share my work. Thank you.”
“The course was really interactive and all instructors gave the impression that they loved what they were doing – didn’t feel like I was just going through the motions. Individual critique sessions specific to each student as opposed to generic advice was especially helpful, as I struggle to apply such guidelines to my own writing… Having never attended ‘formal’ creative writing lessons, I had somewhat ambiguous expectations, but this experience has only augmented my passion for writing, reigniting the apathy-quashed fire after an uninspiring school year… and for that I’m extremely grateful.”
“I think that the course was so inclusive and comfortable. I felt so happy coming in each day. I wrote about myself, obviously, and through a character, and it was eye-opening. Everyone was very nice. It was comforting to know you could keep things to yourself if you wanted to. So much better than school.”
“I love the way you were taught but at the same time were free to write as you wished. I learnt so much about how to be a writer and how to deal with confidence issues. The only complaint I have is it wasn’t long enough!”