‘Writing Changes Lives’ Workshops Spring 2017

Do You Wish You Could Write? Lynda Barry

from Lynda Barry’s terrific book ‘What It Is’

Writing Changes Lives – 3 x 1 day Saturday workshops

Dates: Jan. 28th, Feb. 4th & Feb. 11th 2017

Venue and time: Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir from 10.30am to 4.30pm

Fee: €150

These are my own writing workshops, based on the work of Pat Schneider, and ‘built on a trust in the inherent talent in people and trust in the power of writing as a process’. Anyone who has written with me I think understands how that is proven over and over as we write together in the workshops. Something wonderful happens when people gather and write in a space safe enough to take risks. For more background I highly recommend Pat Schneider’s book, Writing Alone and With Others, (the quote above is from this book) – it is in many local libraries and in the Book Centre, Waterford. As always these writing days are suitable for anyone beginning, or beginning again, to write. Please contact me directly to book a place or to ask me about the workshops – I would love to hear from you.

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Pat Schneider

2017 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

with writers Lia Mills and Catherine Dunne

 Dates: Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd April 2017

Join writers Catherine Dunne and Lia Mills for three days of writing and discussion in the intimate setting of Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir.  Award winning writers Catherine and Lia will help you to come to grips with the writing process and write your way towards a finished story (fiction or non-fiction). The emphasis this year will be on the tools of fiction and memoir, with workshops and one to one meetings to discuss your work.

NB: Limited to 12 participants

Fee: early bird €160 (if paid in full by Friday 19th Feb) or €175 if paid later.

To book: please get in touch with me through the Contact page

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Photo by Simon Robinson

Lia Mills writes fiction and literary non-fiction. Her most recent novel, “Fallen”, was the Dublin/Belfast: Two Cities One Book selection for 2016. Her memoir “In Your Face” was selected as  book of the year by many commentators in its year of publication (2007).

She was the 2015-2016 Writer-in- Residence at Farmleigh House and the 2016 Arts Council Writer Fellow at UCD.

An experienced workshop facilitator, she has also worked as an arts consultant. www.liamills.com

 

Catherine Dunne (Photo: Noel Hillis)

Photo by Noel Hillis

Catherine Dunne is the author of ten novels, the most recent being “The Years That Followed”. “The Things We Know Now” won the 700th anniversary Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Eason Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.  She has also published one work of non-fiction: a social history of Irish immigrants in London, called “An Unconsidered People”.

Catherine’s novels have been short listed for, among others, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Italian Booksellers’ Prize.  Her work has been translated into several languages. She was recently long-listed for the Laureate for Irish Fiction Award 2015.

Catherine Dunne lives in Ranelagh.  www.catherinedunneauthor.com

Cancellation Policy

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

Writing Dates – Spring 2017

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Below are dates for your new 2017 diaries, and I know you will of course want to prioritise writing dates. Some of these below would make a lovely gift if you haven’t yet got it all sorted!

The Story House – ‘Writing for Young People’ Mon. 20th to Sat. 25th February at Lisnavagh House, Co. Carlow

This is a unique five day taught residential course, led by two award winning writers, Sheena Wilkinson and Elizabeth Rose Murray, with midweek guest writer Patricia Ford (of Childrens Books Ireland). Limited to 12 participants – with workshops, one to one tutorials with each writer, and time and space to write. A deposit of €200 secures a place on the course – the fee of €700 is fully inclusive of all accommodation, food, workshops etc. For bookings and enquiries please email: thestoryhouseireland@gmail.com
For some background to the setting up of TSH you can read an interview writer Lia Mills did with myself and Nollaig Brennan on her blog Libran Writer, and there’s also a recent filmed interview with us on Attic Sessions TV with poet Nessa O’Mahony.

Poetry Plus – monthly open mic at Brewery Lane Theatre tearooms, Carrick-on-Suir 8.15pm

This monthly event just gets better and better. Mark these dates: Fri. Jan. 27th; Friday, Feb. 17th; Friday, Mar. 24th; Friday, Apr. 21st (the latter date will be part of the BL Writers’ W/E, see below). Anyone who comes is welcome to read whatever they wish – poetry or prose. It’s a very welcoming and convivial night with tea and chat and we ask just €3 to cover expenses. No need to book, just come along.

Writing Changes Lives – 3 x 1 day Saturday workshops Jan. 28th, Feb. 4th & Feb. 11th in Brewery Lane Theatre

These are my own writing workshops, based on the work of Pat Schneider and ‘built on a trust in the inherent talent in people and trust in the power of writing as a process’. Anyone who has written with me I think understands how that is proven over and over as we write together in the workshops. For more background I highly recommend Pat Schneider’s book Writing Alone and With Others – it is in local libraries and in the Book Centre, Waterford. The fee for the workshops is €150 – please contact me directly to book a place. Suitable for anyone beginning, or beginning again, to write.

2017 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend – Fri. April 21st to Sun. April 23rd

This year in Brewery Lane we will be joined by two very talented writers and experienced teachers of writing, Lia Mills and Catherine Dunne, and already there is significant interest, just through word of mouth. The emphasis this year will be on the tools of fiction and memoir, with workshops and one to one meetings to discuss your work. There is an early bird offer of €160 if paid before Fri. 19th February, after that date the full fee of €175 will apply. Limited to 12 participants. Please email me directly to book your place and for payment details or with any questions.

I want to thank everyone who helped me out in various ways during 2016, with both moral and practical support, and to wish you all a lovely Christmas with time for family, friends and also some time for yourself to read, write and be refreshed as we cross into 2017.

‘Writing for Young People’ – Feb. 2017, plus The Story House residency

The Story House Ireland

The next course at The Story House is ‘Writing for Young People’ with the very talented and experienced duo of Sheena Wilkinson and E.R. Murray (Elizabeth’s novel The Book of Shadows has just been shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards). Writer Patricia Forde, of Childrens Books Ireland, will join the group for dinner midweek followed by readings and conversations about writing in this exciting genre. The venue for the course is the beautiful and inspiring Lisnavagh House in Co. Carlow and it will run from Monday 20th February to Saturday 25th February 2017. All courses at TSH are limited to 12 participants (over 18s only) and a deposit of €200 will secure a place. The full fee is €700 and local arts officers may be able to offer financial support.

The Story House is unique in Ireland, offering an immersive taught residential experience to anyone who wishes to write. We’ve seen how changes can happen over the five day period as the outside world is held at bay and creativity is given room to grow and flourish. Participants meet and mix at morning workshops, one to one tutorials, communal meals, and also experience the luxury of taking time on their own with their writing, entering a different internal space. All the while supported by the two tutors and the TSH team.

Yesterday we were delighted to announce a very special initiative, news we’ve been waiting to share for some time – The Story House Residency. Any writer who attends a course at TSH is eligible to apply for a week’s private residency, free of charge, during May 2017 at a lovely, peaceful cottage in the west of Ireland, generously donated by a past participant, (did I mention that changes happen on a Story House course?). This will give one writer the opportunity to focus for a week on a writing project away from their everyday distractions and responsibilities. If you attended a course in the past or wish to book a place on the ‘Writing for Young People’ course above, you are eligible to apply for this special residency. See here for details of how to apply.

Writing Days – November 2016

Birch tree in Gurteen Wood, 11-11-'12

There will be a change to my usual workshop calendar in Brewery Lane for this autumn. I won’t be starting my usual Saturday morning classes in September because I am taking some time out to complete a long anticipated personal project. Instead I will do a series of full day workshops on 3 consecutive Saturdays in November, the 12th, 19th and 26th.

If you are interested and would like to sign up for these writing days please let me know through the contact page as soon as possible. The fee will be €150 and, as always, the emphasis will be on playfulness and creativity while being open and generous to yourself and others.

‘Would a feeling of aliveness be reason enough?’ Lynda Barry

One Day Writing Workshop Sun. 26th June

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I will be facilitating a very special one-day writing workshop in Brewery Lane Theatre on Sunday, 26th June. If you feel it’s time to take a day for you and your writing, and you would like to be a participant, then let me know through the contact page. There will be a maximum of 12 participants.

The emphasis will be on trusting your pen, generating first drafts and identifying the strengths of each others writing. Everyone will finish the day with pages of writing they didn’t know they had in them and will have experienced the pleasures of writing. That’s a promise.
Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, 26th June
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipp
Fee: €60 incl tea/coffee but not lunch (we will go to a nearby pub for lunch)
What to bring: a pen, a notebook and a desire to write

I am running this as a benefit day for The Story House and the proceeds raised will help Nollaig and myself to put plans in place for the next residential course, open to anyone who wishes to write.

‘I name in my writing what has not been fully nameable in any other way.’ Pat Schneider

‘Writing Changes Lives’ Spring 2016 Writing Workshops

‘Write about what you don’t know about what you know’ (Eudora Welty)

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Art exhibition by Trudi Doyle in the kiln area of Brewery Lane Theatre

My workshops, Writing Changes Lives, will start again on Saturday, 23rd January for 8 weeks in the tearoom in Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir. I like to keep the emphasis on playfulness and discovery, the essence of creativity – it doesn’t matter if you are beginning, beginning again, or at some other stage in your writing life, I guarantee you will experience a renewal of your creative self.

If you would like to join me or to find out more please get in touch with me  through the contact page. We will start at 10.30am each Saturday in the tea-room and the fee is, as usual, €150. If you know of anyone who might be interested please feel free to spread the word.

I will, as always, be basing my work on the Amherst Writers and Artists’ philosophy – that ‘the teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem’.

2016 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

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‘Writing has brought me up from underground. I’ve been my own Orpheus.’ Nuala O’Faolain

Join writers Selina Guinness and Katie Donovan for the 2016 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend. The dates are: Friday, 1st April, Saturday, 2nd April and Sunday, 3rd April, the weekend after Easter. This is Ireland’s most intimate writers’ weekend, limited to 12 participants, where writers get the opportunity to work with some of the best writers and teachers of writing in Ireland. Participants gain insights into the practice and craft of writing through group workshops, one to one tutorials and time for writing.

Here is what Nessa O’Mahony, one of our fabulous duo of tutors at the 2015 event, has written about the impact on her of attending a workshop with Katie Donovan: ‘Katie Donovan will forever have my gratitude for being the first professional writer to tell me that I had something worth developing – my own voice.’

The early-bird fee for the weekend is €160, but this must be paid by Friday, 5th February. This fee includes all workshops and tutorials plus lunch on Friday and Saturday. For payments later than this the full fee of €175 will apply, but please note that the weekend will fill on a first come, first paid basis. If you need accommodation for the weekend the Carraig Hotel is offering a special deal to participants.

For booking and payment details please get in touch with me through the Contact page.

Writing: A gift to yourself

Writers, if you want to treat yourself to some writing time in 2016, with expert tuition and guidance (or suggest this to anyone who is asking what you would like for Christmas), here are a couple of suggestions:

The Story House course, ‘Poetry: The Craft’, with poets Nessa O’Mahony, Peter Sirr and midweek guest Patrick Chapman. The dates are Monday, 11th to Saturday, 16th April 2016 and you will be living and writing in the magnificent surroundings of Borris House in Co. Carlow. The full fee is €700, which includes daily workshops, one-to-one tutorials, all accommodation and food. A deposit of €200 secures your place with the balance to be paid six weeks before start of course. If you want to check any details about this please email thestoryhouseireland@gmail.com

For a shorter writing break there is the 3 day Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend with writers Selina Guinness and Katie Donovan, from Friday, 1st April to Sunday, 3rd April. There is an early bird offer of €160 if booked and paid in full by Friday, 5th February (€175 if paid later). For those who live outside of Carrick-on-Suir The Carraig Hotel are offering a special deal to participants. For more details about this you are welcome to get in touch with me through the contact page here.

Both of these courses are limited to 12 participants.

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Poetry: The Craft @ The Story House

The Story House Ireland

The next course at The Story House will take place from Monday, 11th April to Saturday, 16th April 2016. ‘Poetry: The Craft’ will be facilitated by the very talented team of Nessa O’Mahony and Peter Sirr in the special surroundings of Borris House in Co. Carlow, home to the Festival of Writing and Ideas. The midweek guest writer will be the poet Patrick Chapman.

If you are interested in taking you and your poetry on a very special break you can reserve a place right now with a booking deposit of €200. The full fee of €700 includes  accommodation, all meals, daily workshops and one to one tutorials. The camaraderie and stimulation of being with other writers for a week is priceless. The course is limited to 12 participants and, be aware, there are only a few places left. See booking terms and conditions here. If you would like to know more The Story House can be emailed directly at:  thestoryhouseirelandATgmailDOTcom

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