The Story Arc: Beginning, Middle and End
Over the course of the weekend, we’ll be exploring exciting beginnings, gripping middles and endings that will leave the reader longing for more. This writing workshop focuses on all genres, with course leaders Adam and Jessica specialising in poetry, playwriting, memoir, essay and fiction. The workshop will be prompt-focused, ensuring that each participant comes away with a portfolio of exciting new work.
Each morning, Adam and Jessica will set a series of themed prompts in a fun and welcoming atmosphere, using examples from many different genres of literature, and helping the group to come up with creative and well structured writing. In the afternoons, there will be time for self-directed writing and tutorial feedback sessions with each of the tutors. On the Sunday afternoon, we’ll share some of the work we’ve developed.
Here is a little more detail on some of the topics we’ll cover over the weekend:
- Speed writing or stream-of-consciousness writing
- Finding your voice
- Keeping it symbol
- Plotting and shaping a short story or novel
- Characterization, conflict and angle
- Make it New: Avoiding cliché and subverting it
- Tackling poetry forms
- Looking at metaphor and simile
- Rewriting, editing, polishing
- Using literature as models and springboards for writing
NB: Limited to 12 participants
Fee: early bird €160 (if paid in full by Wednesday, 31st January) or €175 if paid later.
To book: please get in touch with me through the Contact page
ADAM WYETH is an award-winning poet, playwright and essayist living in Dublin. He has three books published. His critically acclaimed debut collection, Silent Music (2011) was Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Adam’s second book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (2013) contains poems from Ireland’s leading poets followed by sharp essays that unpack each poem and explore its Celtic mythological references. Adam’s third book and second poetry collection The Art of Dying was published with Salmon in November 2016 and was named as an Irish Times Book of the Year.
Adam’s poetry has won and been commended in many international competitions, including The Bridport Poetry Prize, The Arvon Poetry Prize and The Ballymaloe Poetry Prize. His work appears in several anthologies including The Forward Prize Anthology (2012 Faber), The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword 2010) and The Arvon 25th Anniversary Anthology. Adam was also selected for the 2016 Poetry Ireland Review’s Rising Generation of poets. Recently Adam collaborated with composer Michael Doherty (BBC, Channel 4) who adapted three poems for a choral piece, called The Art of Dying which got 2nd prize in the West Cork Chamber Festival 2017.
Adam’s plays have had several professional productions in Ireland, Berlin and New York. In 2014 he adapted his debut play ‘Hang Up’ for screen, which premiered at Cork International Film Festival. Adam has over twelve years experience as a creative writing facilitator. He works as a professional reader and editor and teaches creative writing online at adamwyeth.com and Fishpublishing.com. He also currently works on research and ideas for RTE’s Radio 1 Poetry Programme.
Jessica Traynor’s debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, it was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com. In 2016, she was commissioned by the Salvage Press to write a series of poems in response to Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. The resulting art book was published in 2017 and a video on the making of the book can be found here. In 2016, she was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre and the Arts Council to write a ‘A Demonstration’ for the Easter Rising commemorations. The poem was performed in Ancient Rain, which featured in the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival and the Melbourne Arts Festival.
Poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Metamorphic (AUS/IRL), Copper Nickel (US), Salamander (US), Rochford Street Review, (AUS), Acumen, (UK), Prelude (US), The Café Review (US) Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe), Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry (Arlen House), The Deep Heart’s Core, The Level Crossing and If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press) Agenda (UK), Poetry Ireland Review, One (US), Windharp (Penguin), The Stony Thursday Book, Abridged, The Penny Dreadful, The Irish Times, The Pickled Body, and The Stinging Fly (IRL). Poems have been broadcast on Irish national radio on the Poetry Programme, Arena and Sunday Miscellany.
Jessica was recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014. She was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013 and won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize. She was the 2010 recipient of a Dublin City Council Literature Bursary and in 2009, was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series.
Her poetry has been translated into Czech, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish and was projected in Edinburgh, Krakow, Prague and Dunedin in 2014-6 as part of the Unesco City of Literature Programme.