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The National Emerging Writer Programme: Telling the Story

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In ‘Telling the Story’ find out from our authors those essential ingredients that will make your fiction sing – find out how they each develop structure, why that first draft is so important, how many characters you should have, and the importance of conflict and change. Great dialogue will lift your story, find out how to create a scene. For both new and experienced writers, this programme will get you thinking.

The National Emerging Writer Programme was created by writing.ie’s Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, is funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and is aimed at new and experienced writers looking to improve their craft. With four Nobel Laureates and four Booker Prize winners, Ireland has produced some of the finest writers in the world  – and this national initiative aims to assist the writers of the future to make their mark and continue this enviable tradition.

The complete DVD is available to borrow from your local library, you can watch it here in easy view sections, or click here to purchase from Amazon.com. Check out the free support materials that accompany the series (scroll to the end of the page) and consider contacting your local library to find out about writers groups in your area. You will find a complete list of library branches right here on writing.ie. Our trailer gives you a flavour of the series:

View Part I Starting to Write here.

In this second part of the programme, Carlo Gébler, Sinead Moriarty and Declan Hughes discuss the key elements that create story in the following segments:

Developing Your Idea

Writing Your First Draft

Developing Your Voice

Which Point of View and Tense Should You Use?

Making Your Characters Come to Life

How Many Characters?


Plotting and Planning

Approaches to Creating a Structure

Keeping the Story Moving

Write What You Know?

Approaches to Research

Making Your Characters Talk

Bringing Your Story to Life

Listen to Your Subconscious

Telling the Story: Essential Points


Click here to view Part 3 Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles here

Click here to view Starting to Write

Read the Resource in this section chronologically.