writer . performer . editor . educator...
Long recognised as one of Ireland’s most inspiring creativity teachers, Dave teaches creative writing at primary, secondary, adult ed, and university levels. He is currently a member of staff at the Centre for Poetry Studies in DCU, at the Big Smoke Writing Factory where he co-directs Dublin Young Authors, and at Bray Institute of Further Education. Dave works with the overseas programmes of a number of American Universities to provide visiting students with high quality educational experiences while in Ireland.
Click through the headings below to see current workshop offerings. If you don’t find what looking for Dave is happy to design a workshop to suit your needs.
Your Merlin – Dave Lordan – the teacher, word-wizard, mentor and friend who will change your life
The Irish Times
Teaching Creative Writing
FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO TEACH CREATIVE WRITING
A practical, intensive course in how and why to teach creative writing in a variety of contexts, including schools and community organisations, to adults and children of all ages, to writers in different genres and career stages. Lesson planning, short-course curriculum design and project planning will be covered in detail, and the course will focus closely on how to get the creative best from each individual student.
Demonstrations of how to integrate the limitless creative possibilities of multimedia devices and applications (e.g Soundcloud, IMOVIE, Voice FX, GarageBand etc) for use in the creative writing classroom – a crucial set of teaching skills in todays rapidly evolving digital creativity environment – also included.
Learn how to find your niche and seek employment in the growing but complex creative writing teaching profession.
This course runs over six Saturdays at The Big Smoke Writing Factory, or can be booked as a seminar by education centres, schools etc.
Creative Writing For Young People
The freedom of writing
A high energy, participative workshop exploring the theme of freedom in relation to creative writing, both in terms of freedom of expression, and the freedom of the imagination to allow us to roam through time and space and become what we will. Tried and tested in over 200 primary and secondary schools around Ireland.
Intro to Multimedia Creativity
A workshop exploring the new world of smart devices digital, and performative creativity. Participants learn how to use audio and video applications to make, edit, and upload inventive audio tracks and short video. Hugely popular in secondary schools, especially with TY’s, not least because the resulting videos and audio tracks serve a ‘Time Capsule’ permanent record of the students and their school.
Poetry Beats the Bullies
Dave’s anti-bullying poem Because I’m Human is used as anti-bullying resource throughout Ireland, and has even become part of the official education system in The Philippines. In this workshop Dave tells his own story of surviving bullying through creativity and imagination and encourages participants to do the same. Suitable for senior primary and junior secondary classes.
Creative Writing FOR ADULTS
Dave’s most popular course, covering a variety of experimental writers and techniques and applying them in your own work. No requirements except a desire to participate and learn. no judgement, loads of advice and guidance. Artists from ANY discipline who want to hybridise with text are more than welcome, as are writers of all levels who want to push the boat out. Loads of learning material provided. public showcase – participation optional – at end of course. Also popular at Festivals.
Writing for Fun and Devolopmnet
A fun and stimulating introduction to the art of creative writing for beginner writers. Covers poetry and stories, as well as newer forms such as flash fiction, blog-writing, performance poetry, and short film. Runs regularly as a ten week course at Bray Institute of Further Education. Can also be done as once of workshop.
Intro to Multimedia for Writers.
It is fast becoming a professional necessity for writers to have at least a basic knowledge of video and audio production – if not for creative then at least for unavoidable promotional purposes. Writers willing to engage with multimedia – to make a poetry film perhaps, or a book trailer, or a podcast (three common examples out of multiple possibilities) – can dramatically increase the reach and audience for their work. This seminar is an introduction to the basics of multimedia for writers who want to know how to get started in video and audio. Suitable for writers at any stage and can be done in any venue.
“Dave Lordan is a man on a mission. He is determined to professionalise the practice of teaching creative writing....I attended Lordan’s one-day “crash course” on the subject back in March and it’s inspired me to change my approach, particularly when it comes to doing creative writing workshops with children. “
“I finished up a creative writing course in experimental fiction at the Irish Writer’s Centre. In all seriousness, it was something of a revelation. I learnt so much about the type of writer (and reader) that I am. I discovered some great new writers too (well not new but new to me if you get my drift) such as Borges and Bolaño. I’ve started to discover more about myself as a writer in terms of what I’m drawn to and where I’d like to go in the future. The course was taught by Dave Lordan, a poet whose book launch for The Lost Tribes of the Wicklow Mountains I attended the other week. I’d suggest you pop on over to his website to see some of his work and maybe (if you’re a budding writer in the Dublin area) consider attending one of his writing classes. You won’t be disappointed.”
“I’ve attended Dave Lordan’s course in experimental fiction for the last two seasons and cannot recommend it highly enough. From the quality of the instruction, the calibre of the participants and the intoxicating material, I’ve been inspired and entertained in equal measure.”
“Thanks to a creative writing course with Dave Lordan, I am now a published writer! Before doing Dave’s course, I’d been writing for a long time but I’d never had much confidence in my work. Dave’s course provided inspiration and encouragement in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment. I’ve now had three stories accepted for publication, I’ve been shortlisted for an international literary prize and I’ve performed my work at two very successful public readings in Dublin. I’d recommend a writing course with Dave to anyone; it’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Roisin O Donnell
“The course is run by Dave Lordan who guides young writers’ to be the best they can be. Dave himself is a legend, he’s an amazing writer and an understanding person, he’s non judgemental and fair. Jenessa and I are purposefully avoiding the term teacher as we view Dave as more of a hand that guides us, a friend.”
Danielle McLaughlin, 16