New Creative Writing Course Brings Universal Design Into Online Learning

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A new remote creative writing course from Martin Keaveney Creative Writing has been described by participants as ‘a gamechanger’ during the Covid period and is using the principles of Universal Design for Learning to be of maximum benefit to all online learners.

The term ‘Universal Design’ was created by the architect Ronald Mace as part of his initiative to promote a barrier-free society. According to, ‘Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability’.

In the spirit of Universal Design principles, Creative Writing: IntroductionREMOTE aims to be available and enjoyed by all those who believe they have a story to tell.  

Now, many writers across Ireland and beyond are enjoying Creative Writing: Introduction – REMOTE  in multiple formats,  including video conference (Zoom), email, telephone and even by post. Writers can also attend via Flexi where special individual sessions are arranged to suit differing schedules and learning styles.

Dr Martin Keaveney, who completed his PhD in Creative Writing and Textual Studies at NUIG, has designed the course to demonstrate a relentless ambition to provide remote participants with the best possible creative writing course experience available today. The highly enjoyable and rewarding 8-week programme puts the writer first by providing an opportunity for writers to showcase their work each week in a supportive and useful workshop.

There is also an introduction to popular genres and mediums integrated with key tutorials on the writing craft. Martin draws on his experience as a narratologist and scholar of John McGahern  to inform his responses to participants’ submissions, providing a unique and highly valuable element to the course. He is also a practicing author for over a decade in a range of mediums, including internationally published prose, stage work selected for development at national level, screen work broadcast on RTE and exhibited at many international festivals.

In 2018 he published a collection of rural stories called The Rainy Day and just last month released his debut novel, Delia Meade. Both are published by Penniless Press, UK. He also draws on his experience with publishers, agents, producers and other industry personnel to provide in depth advice and support to the writer embarking on their journey.

All writers enjoy a weekly podcast of the tutorial section  and individual attention to their work with regular pinpoint feedback. With the course’s unique approach to online learning and introduction to popular genres, this approach is highly innovative in the current landscape of creative writing courses and it has been extremely popular in recent months due to its readiness and suitability for the remote platform.

Writers have described the course as a lot of fun as well, with many coming back to enrich their craft. The weekly conference is an enjoyable social activity that writers can attend from the comfort of their home  and have meaningful interaction, regardless of where they live. It is an opportunity to develop long-lasting friendships with other like-minded participants, as well as developing a talent for creative writing.

Some writers attend the course with a firm ambition to succeed as a professional author, while others are interested in cultivating a rewarding hobby. 

The course is a superb addition to any CV and will qualify for many employees’  CPD (Continuing Professional Development) funding requirements with a completion certificate available if required.

Creative Writing: Introduction is the first in a series of courses from Martin Keaveney Creative Writing  for those wishing to really develop their practice to a high level. Many writers have progressed to Creative Writing: IntermediateREMOTE with Creative Writing: Advanced – REMOTE also being launched this coming January.

Places on the courses have already been filling up. The packed introductory module is incredible value for money at just  €125 for 8 weeks of high-level content, detailed regular feedback and every participant also receives a post-course editorial response to a longer writing project.

Queries about the course are welcome at 0876007100 or to You can book your place for Creative Writing: Introduction,  starting on January 12th 2021, here 

The course also makes a wonderful Christmas present that will never be forgotten!

Find out more about the course and book your place now.

Gemma Creagh

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