Writing Fiction with Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes, Ireland’s biggest-selling author, gives her unique take on how to find your authentic writing voice and have a beautiful time working on your novel.
Marian’s novels are known and loved for their unforgettable characters, and for their unique way of tackling serious issues with humour, warmth, romance and the lightest of touches. Across five weeks, Marian reveals her writing secrets in refreshingly frank terms – from the importance of writing for yourself and ‘digging for truth’ – to how to give your readers a ‘smooth experience’ – and the imperative of keeping going until it comes right. ‘If your novel drives into the sand – if it stops being interesting to you and you lose faith in it, does that mean you should abandon it and start writing something new? No! This is where the work begins. Shit just got real.’
Whether you’re writing a novel or shorter fiction, this course will help you develop engaging characters that readers will want to revisit, find your individual style, face your fears and keep writing.
Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. Her debut novel Watermelon was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate runaway success. Marian went on to write further books on the Walsh family, such as the iconic Rachel's Holiday as well as a host of other novels including Anybody Out There and Grown Ups. Marian's multi-million copy, internationally bestselling works have been translated into 33 languages. Photo by Dean Chalkley.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE GIVE YOU?
- Video modules: Work through five modules of exclusive teaching videos from Marian on topics including how to find your voice, the necessity of a good writing routine, and how to create characters that readers will fall in love with.
- Writing tasks: Weekly writing tasks will help you experiment with the ideas discussed by Marian and see how they relate to your own work.
- Resources & notes: You’ll get comprehensive teaching notes to accompany the videos, plus additional resources to go deeper into the topics being explored.
- Professional feedback: An expert CBC editor will give brief written feedback to each student on one writing task during the course, with several students receiving feedback in each week. Students are also given the option to purchase additional end-of-course feedback from our expert editors.
- Student forum: Find your writing community in our private student forum. Upload your completed writing tasks, give and receive peer-to-peer feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your group (maximum of 30 students) and the CBC team.
COURSE SCHEDULE & DELIVERY
Follow the course at your own pace. Our online courses are designed for flexible study – you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are. To get the best out of it, we recommend spending four-six hours on the coursework, and to be progressing your own novel or story throughout the five weeks.
Week 1Writing for yourself
Week 2Getting started
Week 3Starting with character
Week 4Keeping going
Week 5What comes next?
All students will be given the option to purchase feedback on their final task from a CBC editor.
- CBC report: For an additional fee of £145, you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your work (of up to 3,000 words) from one of our CBC editors.
- CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £240, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our CBC editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.
GIFT THIS COURSE
Encourage your friend or loved one to get creative! We have £185 digital gift vouchers available, enabling you to buy any five-week online course as a present.
Write the story you’d love to read – with inspiring advice from one of our best-loved authors.