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Go figure!

OCA creative writing student Sue Bolton’s 10-minute play ‘Hide and Seek’ has just been performed by a community theatre group in Stonington, Maine, USA. The process of creating the script presented her with the challenges all writers would expect – and some that came as a surprise. Her imaginative approaches to addressing them included playing […]

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Non-writing

It’s not always the case that writers have to produce draft after draft of a short story, as OCA creative writing student Guy Barriscale found when he wrote his prize-winning story ‘Jamesy’ in just one sitting. Prompted by an incident in this childhood, the story came to him fully formed when he saw an old man pushing his bicycle up a hill in a rural part of County Leitrim, with additional ideas for the life of gthe central character being inspired by his speculations about the lives of three farmer brothers. Commended in the Seán Ó Faoláin competition in 2011, the story was published in the Munster Festival’s ‘Southword’ at the beginning of 2012.

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