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The key to writing fiction is commitment, craft and a splash of inspiration. Open the door to your creativity with novelist and experienced creative writing tutor Priscilla Morris. Bring your passion for words to one of Priscilla’s courses and get writing!

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Get inspired, write a short story, get going with a novel

UPCOMING EVENTS


ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: Ten-week online course

I have an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and lecture online at University College Dublin, co-ordinating undergraduate modules in Creative Writing and Literary Editorship. Earlier this year, I offered a ten-week online creative writing course for the first time and it was a great success. The Advanced Creative Writing Workshop was attended by some excellent writers, from post-beginners to accomplished short story writers and a novelist, who has completed a science fiction trilogy. It’s surprising how a Zoom meeting can be so enjoyable and facilitate such engaging writerly discussion. Of course, the advantage is that you don’t have to leave your home. I think many writers feel more at ease discussing their work in their own surroundings. The focus was on workshopping (reviewing and critiquing) each other’s work-in-progress, and there were weekly at-home writing exercises. As always, the course very much followed the needs of the students. This Autumn, I’ll offer two more online courses. Please contact me for more details and to reserve a place. There will be six to ten students per class.

Wednesdays 22 September – 1 December 2021 (with a one-week break on 27 September)

Online Evening Course, 6.30 pm-8.30 pm, delivered via Zoom

Fridays 15 January – 26 March 2021 (with a one-week break on 19 February)

Online Afternoon Course, 1.00 pm-3.00 pm, delivered via Zoom


READING

Sunday 22nd September 2019, 11.30 am. Taproot Festival of Literature and Music, Isle of Lismore, Argyll, Scotland

Taproot 2019 presents: PRISCILLA MORRIS

Priscilla Morris, a teacher of creative writing and member of the Society of Authors and the Irish Writers’ Centre, will present her new book, “The Painter of Bridges”: a literary war novel, inspired by family history, about a landscape painter’s experience of the siege of Sarajevo and her escape to England.

Read the chapter published in Punch Magazine to dig deeper into the story, and if you’re as intrigued as we are, hear Priscilla reading from it on the 22nd of September at Taproot Lismore!

Buy tickets here.


WORKSHOP

Saturday 5th October 2019, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm. Irish Writers Centre, Dublin, Ireland

POINT OF VIEW with Priscilla Morris

One-day workshop. Cost: €80/€70 Members.

Point of View with Priscilla Morris

What is narrative point of view? Why is it so important? How much can each narrator know and see?

In this fun, intensive workshop, you’ll be given a dossier of novel and short story excerpts from different genres to analyse. We’ll explore the pros and cons of writing in the first, second and third person. We’ll discuss how establishing consistency is paramount and how not to ‘slip out of point of view’. The main writing activity is often a penny-dropping moment!

Buy tickets here.


If you’d like more info on the above events or want to be kept informed of future workshops and courses, please contact me on priscilla_morris@hotmail.com.

PAST NEWS AND EVENTS


RESIDENCY

January – May 2019, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre

EXCERPT: The Painter of Bridges

Published 31 December 2018 in the Punch Magazine.

Excerpt: The Painter of Bridges

Read here.

PAST SHORT COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Creative writing courses at City Lit, London, September to December 2018

Blended Novel Writing Course: online and in the classroom (11 weeks)

Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (12 weeks)

Developing Your Novel (12 weeks)

Courses and workshops, Kingston University, April 2015-April 2018 (where I was emerging writer-in-residence: I gave a reading at the Kingston School Lecture Series and judged the annual short story prize, Words, Pauses, Noises.)

Creative Writing for Beginners (10-week course run three times a year)

Creative Writing for Improvers (10-week course run three times a year)

One-day Workshop on Point of View

One-day Workshop on Plotting and Narrative Structure

Fiction Masterclasses for MA/MFA students

Associate Tutor in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of East Anglia, 2012-2014 (where I completed my Masters and PhD in Creative Writing and was awarded the UEA Seth Donaldson Memorial Fund Bursary.)

Priscilla is an excellent, dedicated and conscientious teacher. Great effort is made to change and develop the course each time – the handouts and dossiers are properly considered. I like the way the course is tailored to suit the particular mix of students.

Jean Merrylees

Excellent course as an introduction to creative writing. Learning how to critique others’ work was a huge benefit to me.

Gaynor Jackson

The course has opened my eyes to a completely different style of writing. I always aim with my copywriting work to be concise and to the point but have now learned about showing through the senses. Thank you, Priscilla!

Caroline Wells

The course has benefitted me enormously. I wanted to write more chapters of my book and this course has made that happen.

Julia Langfitt

The course has given me the structure and the tools to carry on writing with confidence.

David Benjamins

I really enjoyed all aspects of the course and have signed up again. The quality of teaching is excellent and the dynamic of the group inspiring.

Helen Beckett

I have found it really inspiring to meet others and to hear their ideas and learn different approaches to telling a story.

Claire Craigie

It’s definitely improved my understanding of writing technique and how to structure prose.

John Pollard

It’s a great course that packs a lot in – we get to examine pieces of writing, practise writing, learn the mechanics, get feedback on our own work and support others.

Julie McGuigan

Workshopping has been great. Each session has been helpful.

Rob Newson

The course got me writing again after years! It gave me lots of ideas and inspiration and practical guidance to improve my technique.

Jackie Williams

Being able to talk about a piece of writing with passionate writers and a skilled teacher is probably the most I have learnt about writing.

Liam Burke

It’s kicked my backside to stop procrastinating and start writing!

Mary Ann Sinclair

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