Writing Non-Fiction & Memoir Course

Writing Non-Fiction & Memoir with an intro to Genealogical Research

Have you ever wanted to write about a time, a place, a person, an event, your family, yourself, and wondered how to set about conducting research? This workshop will guide you through the stages of your research.

Course Outline:
The course is divided into 3 two hour sessions. The main content of each session is as follows:

  • finding and evaluating sources
  • learning search techniques that show you how to conduct effective and meaningful research
  • researching images
  • understanding plagiarism and copyright
  • an introduction to genealogy and genealogical resources
  • collecting, storing, and accessing your research in a stream-lined efficient way, that will, ultimately, help you convert that research into the written word.

Course Outcomes:
On completion of this course the participants will have a good understanding of the best resources (digital and physical) freely available for the purposes of conducting research into their projects. They will also be furnished with lists of these resources that will prove to be invaluable for their continued research. The workshop also aims to enhance research methods and techniques, and to explore the use of images, including copyright and plagiarism. In addition, participants will have a knowledge of the tools available to help structure, store, and access the fruits of their research.

Course Details

Online Course via Zoom.
Zoom links will be sent to participants in advance of the course beginning.

Monday 17th, 24th October and 7th November, 6.30 – 8.30 pm.
There will be no meeting on Monday 31st of October (Public Holiday) 

Booking essential.
This workshop is free of charge, but places are limited to 12 participants. Please apply below, with your expression of interest.

Apply online here: https://forms.office.com/
Apply by 12 noon on Friday 30th September 2022. Applicants will be notified of decisions by Wednesday 5th October.

This workshop takes place as part of the Connections Through Literature Programme, a series of events and workshops organised by Kildare Libraries and the Irish Writer’s Centre.

Kevin Connolly is the author of Yeats and Sligo, Brandon Books, 2010 and Arise and Go: W.B. Yeats and the People and Places that Inspired Him, O’Brien Press, 2019. Kevin has just finished writing a biography of Charles Stewart Parnell called Parnell-An Interpretation. His writings have been published in journals and newspapers both in Ireland and abroad. He possesses a Masters Degree in Library Science with an emphasis on academic research. Kevin was the founder and owner of The Winding Stair Bookshops and Cafés in Dublin and Sligo (1982-2006). He lives in rural Sligo.