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Writing Workshops: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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Writing isn’t easy. There are few degree-level courses you can take in it, and it can be difficult to nail down objective skills that will make one a ‘good writer,’ compared to other artistic forms. This can result in the assumption that writing is, in fact, easy, and something you can do with no real dedication to craft.

Of course, the truth is far from that. Writing something that capture a reader’s attention and imagination is a tall task. It requires far more than the basics of spelling and grammar. But where can you go to learn the more subjective skills needed?

I’ve gathered up information on some of the best writing courses and workshops you can find, in case you need some help honing your abilities.

1: Big Smoke Writing Factory – One of the best places to look into learning about writing, Big Smoke offers a range of classes and workshops both online and at its premises in Dublin City. Courses change throughout the year so you can always find something new and engaging to try.

2: The Irish Writers Centre – Offering varying levels of membership, the Irish Writers Centre has courses for every stage of your development, and even presently offers an MFA in Creative Writing.

3: Doolin Writers’ Weekend – Feel like getting away from things for a couple of days and devoting yourself to your craft? The Doolin Writers’ Weekend is a chance to leave the city behind and immerse yourself in writing.

4: Creative Writing Ink – Based in Co. Cork, Creative Writing Ink not only offers courses and workshops, but also provides critique and proofreading services.

5: Online Writing Workships – You can’t always travel to a course, so sometimes you have to bring the courses to you. This list of online writing workshops will help you learn, no matter where you are or what your schedule

That’s all for this week.

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt
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