You may remember me mentioning a feature writing course that I took in late 2010.
It's starting again, for ten weeks this time, in the Irish Writers' Centre on January 31st. Details are here: http://www.writerscentre.ie/html/courses/featurehenry.html
I found the course really good. I had wanted to write features for years but had no idea how to start. I read a lot (you may have gathered), I love to write and I enjoy newspaper features, but I just had no clue where to start. I didn't know how to think of things to write about, which is a pretty fundamental problem, and when something interesting did strike me, once a year, I had no idea how to express it.
Henry's course was very practical and tackled both of those issues head on. Each week we submitted a short piece, usually 300-500 words, for feedback (I actually called a friend of mine after the first class and said 'OMG a Guardian journalist will be reading my stuff OMG!!' for about thirty seconds. I am not making this up). Getting that kind of individual feedback from an experienced, working journalist was excellent and really helped.
If you're looking for a good feature writing class in Dublin, I highly recommend this one. Feel free to drop me an email (firstname.lastname at gmail dot com) if you have any questions and I'd be happy to tell you anything you want to know.