From the Messy Middle to the End: “finish your novel” one-day course 12 JUNE

From the messy middle to the end…

A one day masterclass on finishing your novel with Yvonne Cassidy & Yvonne Cullen

Once the initial enthusiasm of beginning has worn off (and believe me, it will wear off!) the middle of your novel can be the most difficult place to be. As characters emerge, themes develop and your writing voice becomes more distinct, you find yourself pulled in many different directions.

This one day masterclass aims to give you a set of tools and strategies to help you move beyond this tricky stage and get your novel out of your head and down onto the page. Through a series of practical exercises, workshopping and lively discussion, by the end of the day we hope you’ll feel inspired and motivated and that you’ve had some fun along the way as well!

(Course numbers limited to 8 participants).

A note on workshopping: Participants are asked to submit up to 2,500 words of their novel in progress in advance of the masterclass to and In addition to personalised feedback, your work will be workshopped with the group throughout the day.

Submitting in advance will ensure you get the most in-depth and individual feedback from us but don’t worry if you don’t get a chance. If you are bringing work on the day that we haven’t seen, please can you bring some extra copies (6 should do it) to ensure that everyone has a chance to input properly on your work.

About Yvonne Cassidy

Yvonne Cassidy is a writer and marketing consultant based in Dublin. She’s written journalism, short stories, and television scripts and is a regular fiction reviewer for UK magazine The Tablet. Yvonne’s first novel, The Other Boy was published by Hachette in May 2010 and has just been relaunched in paperback. The French translation will be published in May 2011. Yvonne is currently working on her second novel, What Might Have Been Me which will be published in January 2012.

When she finds the time, she loves to travel and spends a lot of time in Brooklyn, New York. Another recent adventure was to Hawley Mountain Ranch, Montana where she spent a week in the middle of a million acre wilderness, three hours from the nearest town.


Praise for The Other Boy


‘Fans of Tana French will find much to enjoy here …’ The Irish Times


‘Intelligent and tautly written….Cassidy does not provide the reader with any easy answers…

the truth is to be found somewhere in the cracks and the in-between spaces…’ Irish Independent


‘Yvonne Cassidy has really set the benchmark high with her debut novel. A real page turner … highly compelling …hugely gripping’ RTÉ Guide


About Yvonne Cullen

Yvonne’s first book, “Invitation to the Air” (poems) won the American Ireland Fund Award at Listowel Writers’ Week and was published by Italics Press in 1998. In 2002, Yvonne won an Irish Film Board Award for a feature-length script called “Love Me.” Included in the ground-breaking The New Irish Poets, ( Bloodaxe Books 2006), Yvonne also edited the best-selling new writing anthology “ALL GOOD THINGS BEGIN” in the same year. For the last 6 years Yvonne has been researching and writing the forthcoming, “SHOWTOWN,” a non-fiction cultural and social history of Ireland’s last group of Traveling Show People), due out late 2011. Advance praise for “SHOWTOWN:” “Exciting and important” – British Fairground Archive.

Yvonne has taught writing in Ireland for 18 years. Writing Train Workshops, developed from Yvonne’s long-running workshops in Dublin, runs between 6 and 9 workshops and classes weekly, as well as events outside Dublin, POETRY KITCHEN reading and music events, WRITE IN THE CITY cultural tourism and writing events, and a monthly Writers’ and listeners’ night called THE WRITING SALOON. Yvonne is also working on a new collection of poems,  a further book of creative non-fiction and a documentary. Reviews of Yvonne’s  writing to date include: “A gifted writer!” John Burnside “A world of atmosphere and filament”-Kerry Hardie



Course Fee: €100


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