On 4th December Arena together with New Island Press launched the first on-air creative writing course. The course will take place in the first week of each month until June 2013. Writer and Creative Writing Teacher Dave Lordan is co-ordinating the course.
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The April prompt invited submissions on any topic in any style of writing with a maximum word count of 700. The deadline was Midnight on Sunday April 28th.
The April shortlist is as follows:
Mick Gleeson - Hole
Emma Dunne - Eggshells
Speed dating - Mimi Goodman
Laura Mckenna - The Velvet Smoking Jacket
Phelim Kavangh - The Olives haved ripened
Zoha Ahmed - We met at the brink of war
Jess Traynor - Scenes From a poor town
Alison Wells - The Woebegone’s Slaughtered Dreams
Thomas Mcnally - Endangered Thought
Colin Gallagher - As Ugly as Sin
Armel Dagorn - On the Sisyphean nature of nightmares
Shauna Gilligan - Remains
Sheelagh Coyle - A night in the A & E ward
Paula McGrath - High TIde
Celeste Auge - Roisin x Luke
Orlaith Foyle - A snail yawned
Julie Morrissy - The anonimist Manifesto
Rob Doyle - Brain in a Vat
Doireann Ni Ghriofa - Pulling The Hair Of The Dead
Brigid O Connor - He sent her a text
If you do want to submit your work to arena for possible broadcast, and for possible publication in our RTE/New Island Press anthology, there are a couple of additional things you need to keep in mind.
• We want work that will come across well on the air and on the page. It must speak in an interesting and novel way to Arena’s broad and intelligent audience. Be original. Avoid cliche. Pay attention to the medium you are writing in and the audience you are writing for.
• Think about the title of the project: NEW PLANET CABARET. NEW means work that is alive to and interested in the novelty of the present moment and in the way the world is changing around us. PLANET means we are seeking work that speaks to us from all over the world, work from and about our diaspora, work from and about our own many immigrant communities, work from and about those who have traveled and journeyed. CABARET means we are looking for work in a variety of styles and voices, and also work that is both sophisticated and well communicated, both experimental and populist- writing that is serious entertainment.
• Email your entry with the heading NEW PLANET CABARET to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Arena, RTE Radio 1, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. All entries will be read and considered. No other correspondence will be entered into and canvassing of any kind will disqualify.
• Listen in to RTE RADIO 1'S ARENA to hear some of the selected work, and more discussion about creativity, along with the next month’s writing prompt.