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FREE ONLINE TUTORIAL: Observational Storytelling with Sarah Bowie

In this tutorial, cartoonist, writer, and co-founder of The Comics Lab, Sarah Bowie shows how to take ordinary, everyday life and turn it into material for a compelling story. Sarah explores different ways of observing – observing ourselves (our moods, thoughts, activities and conversations); observing others (family members, neighbours, strangers, wildlife and pets); and, observing our environment (our homes, our local park, the supermarket, the weather). She looks at how to edit these observations and mould them into shape, as complete short stories in themselves, or springboards for longer fiction pieces.

About Sarah Bowie: Sarah Bowie is a writer, cartoonist and the co-founder of Ireland’s first Graphic Short Story Prize in partnership with The Irish Times. Her ‘Socially Distanced’ comic strip, an observational look at life in a pandemic, updates weekly on Instagram at @sarah__bowie and her latest picture books are available online.

A Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 event for 12 years+

This online event is produced by LIVE network as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.

LIVE Network comprises: Backstage Theatre (Longford), Ramor Theatre (Cavan), Roscommon Arts Centre (Roscommon), Riverbank Arts Centre (Kildare), The Source Arts Centre (Tipperary) and The Droichead Arts Centre (Louth). LIVE Network is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and is curated by Dani Gill.