RTE Radio 1’s Arena programme, together with New Island Books, is running a Creative Writing course every month, which is co-ordinated by writer Dave Lordan. Every month he gives a prompt and invites the listeners to participate. I was thrilled this month to have written one of the shortlisted stories ‘Don’t Mind Maggie!’
It was also a boost to hear Eoin Purcell, commissioning editor at New Island Books, giving positive feedback on the entries: ‘If these were the first four pages of four novels, I’d have asked for full novels from all of these writers. That’s how good they are…’
Another encouraging week!
Further details on Arena competition to be found here:
‘This month’s creative writing prompt from Dave Lordan focuses on dialogue. It’s called “The Universal Lottery”… Write what you have overheard in the form of a dialogue of less than 700 words and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on the 28th of March.’