‘Kindling’ ~ summer creative writing with Margaret O’Brien. Sunday, 12th July 2020, on Zoom

Kindling: materials for starting a fire.

For the past couple of summers I have been lucky enough to host my summer writing workshop at Mia Carney’s wonderful creative space, Manyweathers’ Studio, on the slopes of Sliabh na mBan. This year, of course, due to the pandemic everything has changed. But I think it is probably more important than ever that we put down our words, make our marks on pages, on screens, attempt to capture and transform our lived experiences. There really is no time like this.

This year my summer workshop will be on the virtual platform, Zoom. I’m calling it, ‘Kindling’, because together we will write first drafts that have the potential to become a blaze, to bring both light and heat. My very special Chambers Dictionary also offers this second definition of ‘Kindle’ – to bring forth young (Shakespearean apparently), which I also like very much in this context.

My approach to facilitating writing workshops, wherever I do them, is always informed by the Amherst Writers and Artists method, as developed by Pat Schneider. In the writing of first drafts in my workshops I always urge participants to ‘trust the pen’. Here is how Pat says it in her book, How the Light Gets In:

“… slowing down and allowing the images to write themselves, without trying to analyze them – can bring about an amazing experience of personal revelation.”

It is always my great pleasure and privilege to accompany writers as, together, we follow the images and generate fresh, new writing in the heat of creativity. I hope you can join me.

Here are the workshop details:

Date: Sunday, 12th July 2020

Time: 7pm GMT+1 until 10pm approx.

To book: please use the Contact Page and I will reply with booking and payment details

Fee: €35

PS: you will, of course, need reliable internet connection to participate.

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