We are living in strange and uncertain times, and we are all doing our best to keep ourselves, our loved ones and everyone else safe and well by staying indoors.Maybe you have time now to try your hand at that novel or screenplay you’ve always dreamt about writing?If so, welcome to your one-stop shop for great online writing supports including courses, magazines, books and reference tools, all FREE and all available with your Dublin City Libraries card. Universal Class provides access to over 500+ online courses including 55 courses on writing. Take your pick from the following:Novel Writing 101Romance WritingWriting Women’s FictionCreative Writing 101Creative Writing for BeginnersCreative Writing WorkshopHow to Write a Short StoryHow to Write Short Stories for ChildrenHistorical Fiction WritingMystery WritingScreen Writing 101Poetry WritingOr if you want to hone your non-fiction writing skills, some of these may be of interest:Journalism 101Nonfiction Writing 101Freelance Writing 101Essay Wrting 101Travel Writing 101Journaling and Memoir WritingUniversal Class courses include tutorials, lessons, assignments, discussion boards, and feedback on work you’ve submitted. All the courses are completely online, self-paced, available 24/7, and you have 6 months to complete each one.To access online, register with your library card number and email address at http://LGMA.universalclass.com/register.htm Or would you prefer not to have to do ‘homework’? Then The Great Courses Library Collection may be more to your liking. The Great Courses Library Collection Is a series of thought-provoking half-hour video lectures. You can play, pause, and review information as often as you like. Each course is taught by experts in their field, and includes a supplementary guide book. You can access as many courses as you want to for 7 days. After 7 days, simply log in again and get another 7 day’s access. Check out some of the following topics and see if you can find something to suit your writing needs.How to Publish Your BookScreen Writing 101: Master the Art of the StoryWriting Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and TechniquesWriting Great Essays: Becoming a Great EssayistThe Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Register for the Great Courses Library Collection at https://dublincity.rbdigitalglobal.com/ or via the RBdigital app: Google Play - Android | iTunes - iOS | Kindle Fire We also have a selection of great eMagazines for writers:The Writer : Each issue provides motivation, expert tips, and compelling author insights that turn good writing into great writing. It’ll help you become a better writer, to find markets for your work and to understand the business of writing,.Poets & Writers Magazine : Within its pages, readers will find practical guidance for getting published and pursuing writing careers, as well as in-depth profiles of poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction.Writer’s Digest : Each issue provides advice and insider tips on writing and selling fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts.Back issues of these titles are also available for you to browse.Register for RB Digital magazines at https://lgma.rbdigitalglobal.com/ or via the Rbdigital app: Google Play - Android | iTunes - iOS | Kindle Fire You can also check out out some of the following titles on BorrowBox for help in finding an agent and getting published. and for writing hints, tips and insights.Writer’s Market 2020Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to How to Hook an AgentWriters’ & Artists’ Guidebook to Self-PublishingWriters’ & Artists’ Year Books 2017 and 2018Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Year Books 2017 and 2018Letters to a Young WriterWriting for Well-being100 Ways to Improve your WritingImprove your WritingBrave the PageHow to Write an Autobiographical NovelThe Right to WriteThe Book You Were Born to WriteSemicolonWord SmartMore Word SmartTo access BorrowBox, register with your library card at http://library.bolindadigital.com/dublin And last but not least, are you having trouble finding the right word or the perfect turn of phrase?Then delve into a selection of Oxford University Press’s dictionaries, thesauri, and companions at http://www.oxfordreference.com/.Look to the left of the Oxford Reference screen for the prompt to ‘Sign in with your Library card’, then select 'Dublin City Libraries’ For a full listing of all our great online resources, go to http://www.dublincity.ie/library-eresourcesStay safe, stay well, and keep writing!
In April and May of 2017 Dolphin's Barn Library hosted a series of workshops where young historians learned how to combine research, storytelling, drawing and digital animation to tell a tale from Irish history.Expert facilitators included historian Conor Kostick and author and illustrator Alan Nolan. The result is this exciting video set in Dublin 1920.
Bookings are now being taken for a series of Creative Writing Workshops in Rathmines Library. The sessions will be held at 6.00pm on the 8, 15 and 22 May, courtesy of the Dublin in the Coming Times initiative. We are hoping to form a regular creative writing group from those attending the workshops, so if you have ever felt the yen to get your thoughts down on paper or start that novel that has been brewing inside for years, why not come along?The workshops are free of charge, but booking is essential. Get in touch with us by telephoning 4973539 or emailing us at [email protected].
The first I heard of Dermot Healy was in June 2014. A friend of mine was asked to read through poems to be considered for selection in the Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition. The next day, it was reported on the national news that he had passed away. It had been remarked by another one of my of friends that his work never got the recognition and success it deserved, that he was a much more “interesting” writer than his peers. Interesting can sometimes mean, “you’re not going to understand this…. You thickie!”. I began reading Long Time, No See. Immediately, I got a jolt: the words on the page were formatted like poetry and none of the dialogue was in inverted commas. I was reluctant to continue as my eyes and brain were in for a different exercise regime. However, my desire to be a know-it-all won through and I’m so glad I persevered. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Set in an Irish coastal rural community,it starts slowly with a young man visiting his grand uncle. Nothing happens for about six pages but I was enjoying the unusual format and the peculiar habits of the locals. Then something small happens and the story has you gripped. His descriptions of the landscape are beautifully minute and familiar. The language of the characters is real and humorous. The main character is a young man dealing with a tragedy that is intermittently revealed. It is about life, death and relationships’, each is given its weight from the cosmic to the banal and leaves you not wanting to leave these people or the place they live. Ten out of ten for Dermot Healy. I’m really sorry he is gone. I would have liked to have written to him to tell him how much I enjoyed his book. His earlier books are out of print but Dublin City Public Libraries do have copies to lend.
In conjunction with ‘Rathmines Roar’ Community Information Day, 17th May, Rathmines library invited children to write a short story about their favourite book and to dress up as a character from the book. The winners were presented with their prizes at Rathmines library on Friday 30th May.View a slideshow of the competition winners and runners up.WinnersKate Heffernan for the 6 – 9 year old age group. Kate's story was inspired by her favourite book, 'I won't go to China' by Enda WyleyÉriu Dalton for the 10 – 12 year old age group. Ériu's story was drawn from her favourite book, 'The Emerald Atlas' by John StephensThe winners were presented with a €25 book token.Runners Up:Molly Gorby who chose 'Paddington visits the Toy Shop' by Michael Bond as her favourite bookYuan Sree Kandru whose favourite book is 'Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown' by Megan McDonaldLucie Walsh picked 'The Tale of the Sea', which Lucie herself wrote.
Culture Night 2008 at Dublin City Library & Archive
As part of Culture Night, 19 September 2008 a group of new writers read from their work at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. You can read more of their work in Sixteen after Ten, an anthology of writing by students from the Oscar Wilde Centre and Blaiseadh Pinn : Nuascríbhneoireacht Ghaeilge, by members of Scríbhneoirí Óga and published by Cois Life.
Barry Cunningham and Mary Byrne presented a tips and advice session aimed at writers of children's literature in Dublin City Library and Archive on 23 February 2008. The practical advice centred on elements of successful children's literature and the publishing and marketing process. In association with the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry.Mary Byrne worked in the children's publicity department of Puffin for years and she is now a PR consultant specialising in children's books. She plans campaigns for children's writers such as Cornelia Funke, Darren Shan, Cathy Hopkins, Derek Landy and Kate Thompson. She works closely with The Chicken House, Harper Collins and Picadilly Press.Barry Cunningham was the Marketing Director for Puffin, while there he worked with many of the great names in children's publishing including Roald Dahl, Mary Norton and Spike Milligan. He then set up the children's publishing wing of Bloomsbury and while there he discovered JK Rowling. He set up his own publishing company The Chicken House in 2000. The Chicken House has published best selling books by Cornelia Funke, Kevin Brooks, Lucy Christopher and Rachel Ward and bestselling The Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon.Thank-you for listening! To hear more, please subscribe to the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.