About This Course
In your three hours together, Monica will share practical tips and advice on sparking your imagination and turning your ideas into words. You’ll also do a short series of fun writing exercises. There’ll be plenty of time for a Q&A about all or any aspects of the writing, editing and publishing world.
Who is this course suitable for?
Absolute beginners or writers with some experience needing tips and inspiration.
What do I need to bring?
Pens, paper and your imagination.
Practical, friendly advice.
Writing tips that will inspire, motivate and encourage.
The tools to keep you going after the course is over.
Praise for Monica
"Monica is so open and positive, a well of knowledge that shattered a lot of misconceptions about being a writer. She has managed to give me the confidence and a little hope that I can write."
"Monica is not only a superb writer and storyteller but clearly has the gift of insight: looking into each one of us and knowing how to find the writer within, to bring it out, to not be afraid, and write. She has given me hope!"
‘Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.’
I grew up in what I call a cauldron of words, in the middle of a big, lively, talkative Irish-Australian family. My mum worked in the local library, so I also had 24 hour access to any book I wanted. Storytelling – as a listener, reader and now writer – is one of the joys of my life. I’ve worked with words all my life, starting as a children’s TV scriptwriter, copywriter and music & book publicist.
In 1996 I began writing fiction, initially short stories. After several were published in Australian magazines, I began my first novel, which came runner up in a Write a Bestseller competition in Ireland in 1999. Since then I’ve written 12 internationally bestselling novels, published worldwide and my books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. My novels include The Trip of a Lifetime (which went straight to Number 1 in Australia in 2017 and was also a Top 10 bestseller in Ireland), The Alphabet Sisters, The House of Memories and Those Faraday Girls. I’m currently writing my 13th novel. I’ve won the General Fiction Book of the Year award in the Australian Book Industry Awards and been shortlisted four times. I've also been shortlisted for the Eason Popular Fiction Award in the Irish Book Awards and the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Awards in the Contemporary Novel section. In 2018, 2016 & 2014, I was voted in to the Top 10 of Booktopia's Australia's Favourite Authors poll. For the past 26 years, my Irish husband and I have been moving back and forth between Australia and Ireland. We currently live in Dublin.