Harness the power of the poetic voice in your creative writing in this 3-day weekend workshop with poets Angela T. Carr and Enda Wyley.
Over the course of the weekend, you will explore writing strong openings, getting to the point, creating vivid imagery, and the all-important element of surprise – all essential creative writing skills! Drawing on their expertise, Angela and Enda will focus on how these poetry techniques can expand your writing practice to create richer, more impactful work.
Mornings will include workshops filled with guidance and prompt-based creative writing exercises, as well as stimulation from the work of established writers. You will be inspired and encouraged to create new work, share your writing and receive feedback from the tutors and the group. In the afternoons, you will have the chance to discuss your work with Angela and Enda in one-to-one tutorials and benefit from some self-directed writing time.
The workshop concludes on Sunday afternoon with an opportunity to share the work you’ve developed over the weekend. This is an enjoyable, relaxed creative writing course aimed at beginner and emerging writers, that will provide you with new ideas and techniques to add to your writer’s toolkit!
NB: Limited to 12 participants.
Fee: early bird €160 (if paid in full by Thursday, 31st Jan) or €175 if paid later. This event will fill on a first come, first paid basis.
Cancellation 4 weeks or more prior to the course start date – full refund (less a 10% admin fee)
Cancellation between 4 weeks to 1 week prior to the course start date – 50% refund
Cancellation less than 7 days prior to start – NO REFUND
Meet the writers
Enda Wyley is poet and children’s author. She was born in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. She has published five collections of poetry with Dedalus Press; Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, (2014), To Wake to This, (2009 ), Poems for Breakfast, ( 2004 ), Socrates in the Garden, (1998) and Eating Baby Jesus, (1993 ).
She holds a B.Ed with a distinction in English Literature and was the recipient of an M.A in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She has received many awards for her poetry including the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, Melbourne University and The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry.
Her poetry has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, USA, The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women Poets, USA, The Field Day Anthology of Irish Women’s Writing and Tradition, Volumes 4 & 5, Femmes d’Irlande en Poésie, 1973-2013, ed Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Paris and Lines of Vision, The National Gallery of Ireland, 2014.
She has been the Poet-in-Residence for many Irish arts projects and institutions including; The Coombe Maternity Hospital, Dublin and The People’s Acorn, for Áras an Uachtaráin, 2017. She has been Poet in Residence for Dublin’s Culture Connects, 2018 and The Bealtaine Poetry and Film Project May 2018.
Enda Wyley’s books for children from O’Brien Press include I Won’t Go to China! and The Silver Notebook. Her poetry for children has been included in anthologies such as Something Beginning with P, O’Brien Press and Once Upon A Place, Ed Eoin Colfer, Little Island.
Enda Wyley has over 20 years experience of working as a teacher of poetry and creative writing in the various writer in residence, mentoring programmes and poetry courses she has facilitated, for literature festivals, universities and institutions such as Poetry Ireland and The Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin.
Enda Wyley lives in Dublin with her husband the poet Peter Sirr and their daughter Freya.
In March 2015 she was elected to Aosdána.
‘New and Selected’ seems the perfectly suited appellation for the work on offer here. Ms. Wyley’s poems are perpetually fresh, utterly scrutinized, marked by vigor and virtuosity, arriving on the page as accomplished things, like settled law, fit for the long haul language calls us to.’ Thomas Lynch, Poet, 2014.
‘Enda Wyley’s poems are remarkable for the way they communicate warm feeling through their lightness of touch and clarity of colour.’ The Trustees of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, 2014.
‘Enda Wyley is a true poet. To Wake To This articulates a subtle, dreamy apprehension through a diction and an imagery all the writer’s own.’ Fiona Sampson, The Irish Times.
‘Wyley’s best work is intimate and celebratory…she celebrates love and poetry itself with tenderness and grace.’ George Szirtes, The Irish Times.
‘Her imagery, honesty and insight make this a first rate work.’ Poetry Ireland Review.
Angela T. Carr is a poet, editor and creative writing facilitator based in Dublin. Her debut collection ‘How to Lose Your Home and Save your Life’ (Bradshaw Books, 2014) won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition in 2013. Poems from the collection have been broadcast on RTE’s Arena arts programme and displayed on the streets of Dublin as part of the Upstart General Election Poster Project in 2011.
Winner of the 2018 Laureate’s Prize, selected by Carol Ann Duffy, Angela’s work has been placed or shortlisted in over 35 national and international poetry competitions since 2008, including The Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Prize, Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, the Allingham Poetry Prize, Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition and more.
She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series in 2014.
Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in literary journals in Ireland, the UK and internationally including The North, The Lonely Crowd, The London Magazine, Prelude, Mslexia, Bare Fiction, Irish Examiner, Banshee, Abridged and Cork Literary Review. Angela is included in Poethead: An Index of Contemporary Irish Women Poets.
Poems have been anthologised in ‘Be Not Afraid: An Anthology in Appreciation of Seamus Heaney’ (Lapwing Press, 2018), Autonomy (New Binary Press, 2018), Refugees Welcome: Poems in a Time of Crisis (Eyewear, 2016) and ‘Looking at the Stars’ (2016).
Her fiction took second place in the inaugural Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2009 and was Highly Commended in the Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2015, judged by Tramp Press.
In 2018, she was commissioned to create a digital piece for ‘Form Ever Follows Function’, an exhibition jointly curated by gorse/The Pickled Body for display as part of the ‘Illuminations’ series at NUI Maynooth in February 2019.
Angela taught for two years at University College Dublin and has over nine years’ experience facilitating poetry groups and workshops.
She was Poetry Editor at Headstuff online magazine from 2015-2017, and curates a popular monthly list of poetry competitions, submissions and writing opportunities that draws thousands of readers from around the world.
More information at www.adreamingskin.com
‘’How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life’ is a remarkably cohesive and carefully crafted collection of poetry. The voice is refreshing, original and interrogating, painting a picture of contemporary Ireland that is clearly post-boom; debt-ridden; urban and edgy with the quiet desperations of modern living.’ Joseph Woods, Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition
‘…a beautifully wrought collection, one a reader will want to return to both for its melancholy music and its fiery spirit.’ Afric McGlinchey, Poetry Ireland Trumpet
‘There are not many debut poetry collections as skilful as this… she knows what she has to say and does so with an accuracy and the kind of simplicity her contemporaries will appreciate is not simple to achieve at all.’ Kelly Creighton, The Incubator Journal
‘…compact, neat, beautiful, packed full of tiny details, and far more complex inside than is belied by the exterior… it makes stunning truth of a fiction, as all great poems should, and not a word is wasted.’ Andrew McMillan and Rebecca Perry, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016
‘A powerful poem, powerfully crafted. The language throughout is chosen with precision, taking us from the ‘blink and grind’ of the CAT Scan to the remembered or imagined comfort of ‘a summer’s dusk’ where ‘humming to myself; the tree bends to listen.’ The last four lines of the poem are a tour de force of subtle restraint.’ Monica Corish, Allingham Poetry Competition 2014
Writer’s Weekend brought to you with the assistance of Tipperary County Council