Creative Writing (Fiction)


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Course Overview

The Certificate in Creative Writing (Fiction) is a comprehensive course in fiction writing. The course explores technical aspects of fiction writing, such as narrative voice, point of view, character, story setting, dialogue, narrative and narration, dialogue, story structure, plotting, creating action, time, imagery and figurative language. The course also covers edit your fiction, and how to recognise when a story needs work and when it needs to be left alone. In classes students also reading the work of other writers, thinking about what fiction is, how it works, why it works when it works, and why it doesn’t when it doesn’t. Most of all, the course involves writing pieces of fiction so that you practice your craft regularly, which is the only way to become an accomplished writer. Classes are taught as workshops, consisting of reading and writing activities, conversations, discussions, and practice. There is interaction and dialogue, and most of all, writing. Students also learn how to edit their work and to prepare a piece of fiction for publication. By the end of the course you will have developed your own portfolio of fiction.

This course is suitable for all levels from beginners to more experienced writers.

Credits: 10 ECTS

Course Practicalities

Course will be delivered on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm on-campus for 12 weeks.  Scheduled day may be subject to change.

Next course runs from 12th September – 5th December 2024.

Closing Date for applications

8th August 2024

Course Content

The course will cover key aspects of fiction writing, including:

  • Getting started
  • Perception and perceptiveness
  • Story structure: story, plot, action, time
  • Creating characters
  • Dialogue
  • Narrative point of view and narration
  • Imagery and figurative language
  • Showing and telling
  • Story setting
  • Revising and editing your work
  • Preparing for submission and publication
Course Lecturer

Eoghan Smith is the author of the novels The Failing Heart (Dedalus, 2018), A Provincial Death (Dedalus, 2022) and A Mind of Winter (Dedalus, 2023).

He has contributed essays, articles and reviews to a wide variety of publications, including The Irish TimesBooks IrelandThe Literary ReviewThe Dublin Review of Books, the Irish University Review, and the Irish Studies Review. He has also written a monograph on John Banville and was the co-editor of a collection of essays on Irish suburban literary and visual cultures. He lectures in English Literature and Creative Writing in Carlow College.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.

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Please note our refund policy as follows

100% refund if student cancels before course registration

100% refund if course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers


If student cancels after registration/first week of course – full refund minus €50 administration fee

If student cancels after second week of course – no refund