Patricia Forde & Dave Rudden | Ireland | Workshop

Properbook Bootcamp

Baboró, in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland, present a day-long intensive workshop for aspiring writers.

Building on the success of 'So, You Want to Write a Properbook' professional development events at Babóro in 2017 and 2018, Children’s Books Ireland and Babóro present 'Properbook Bootcamp'.

Award winning authors Patricia Forde and Dave Rudden will use their experience, candour and humour to guide and challenge budding or early career authors of children’s books.

The focus of this year’s event is on the craft of writing literature for children and young people. Patricia and Dave will delve into the nuances of developing stories, characters, narrative arcs and compelling endings.

This bootcamp will be more intensive and interactive than previous years, allowing participants to learn directly from these two very accomplished writers. There will be opportunities to ask direct questions and explore areas of interest in more detail. Attendees will be asked to produce exercises through each session, resulting in early outlines around character motivation, plotting and setting. By the end of the day attendees will either have a clear idea where their own book sits or have a strong sense of what kind of book they would like to write.

Attendees can download the recommended reading list here. This list of books is readily available at local bookshops or libraries. The reading list is not essential but might add to your experience on the day.

10.00 Registration

10.15 Welcome and introduction

10.30 - 13.00 Group sessions

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 16.30 Group sessions

16.30 - 17.15 Reading and Q&A session.

17.30 Closing remarks.

Properbook Bootcamp is kindly supported and funded by Creative Ireland.


Patricia Forde

Patricia Forde is an award winning writer from Galway. She writes for all ages and has written both picture books and novels. Her most recent work includes 'Mother Tongue', a sequel to her novel 'The Wordsmith' to be published in September 2019. Upcoming publications include the picture books entitled 'That’s My Dog' and 'Imagine' as well as an Irish language novella 'Ar Strae'.

In 2019 her book 'Bumfizzle The Best On Planet Earth' was selected as UNESCO Dublin Citywide Read for Children 2019.

Dave Rudden

Dave Rudden’s first novel, 'Knights of the Borrowed Dark', was the 2016 Children’s Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and the UNESCO Dublin City of Literature Citywide Read in 2017. He has been shortlisted for the Hennessey New Writing Prize, the Northern Irish Book Award and was the 2011 winner of the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize. His first 'Doctor Who anthology', 'Twelve Angels Weeping', was released in October 2018.

In the last two years, he has performed in over five hundred schools, libraries, workshops, conferences, literary death matches and one pumpkin festival. Dave enjoys cats, adventure and being cruel to fictional children.


O'Donoghue Centre

Accessibility: Both entrances are wheelchair accessible. There is an activation switch for the front doors to the theatre, providing wheelchair access.

Parking: The Galway Cathedral car park is a 5 minute walk from O’Donoghue and is open 08:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday and 13:00-18:00 Sunday, with a €5 day rate. There are Pay and Display (street parking) spaces on campus at €1.50 per hour. Please be aware that there are permit-only locations and caution is advised as clamping is in operation throughout the university campus.

Public Bus: Galway city bus route 405 stops at the entrance to NUI Galway, which is a 1 minute walk to O'Donoghue Centre.

Walking: O'Donoghue Centre is located on the grounds of NUI Galway and is a 7 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 17 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.

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