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Summer Writing: Sun. 29th July 2018

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Manyweathers Studio

Dear Writers,

I am delighted to reveal that I will be holding a one-day summer writing workshop on the slopes of fabled Sliabh na mBan, in Co. Tipperary, on Sunday, 29th July, (maybe it should be re-named ‘Scríobh na mBan’ for the day).

The venue is Manyweathers Studio, close to the village of Kilcash, a working artist’s space full of creative energy and with views that will inspire you and fuel your writing. This will be a day where we will slow down, pay attention to place, to our senses and allow our pens to reveal the details, to offer surprises.

As always my approach to writers and writing is informed by the wisdom and work of Pat Schneider and Amherst Writers and Artists, I am an affiliate of AWA and Pat’s book, Writing Alone and With Others, will give those interested an insight into the way I facilitate workshops, and why, and is available in libraries and bookshops. This workshop method always generates creative surprises for both novice and more experienced writers and is based on a trust and belief in the inherent creativity of people. One of my roles as facilitator is to hold a space where we listen to each other and connect with what we hear and, for me, this is a great pleasure and privilege. I just love to do this.

The workshop will be limited to 10 participants. To book please get in touch with me through the Contact Page. All you will need is a pen, a notebook and a desire to write.

Where: Manyweathers Studio, Kilcash, Co. Tipperary (approx 20 mins drive from both Clonmel & Carrick-on-Suir)

When: Sunday, 29th July 2018

Time: 10am to 4.30pm

Fee: €75 (incl teas/coffees, snacks but not lunch. Suggest bringing a packed lunch)

Suitable for: anyone beginning or beginning again to write

 

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2018 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend, 6th to 8th April, with Adam Wyeth & Jessica Traynor

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The Story Arc: Beginning, Middle and End

Join writers Adam Wyeth and Jessica Traynor, over three days in the unique intimacy of Brewery Lane Theatre, for an exploration of how to shape your ideas for the page.

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

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

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.

https://jessicatraynor.com/

 

‘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

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

‘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.

‘Send out your signals…’ Writing Changes Lives autumn 2015 workshops

The poet Adrienne Rich gave the instruction to ‘Send out your signals, hoist your dark scribbled flags’.

If you think it’s time to hoist your writing flag my autumn series of writing workshops will start on Saturday, 26th September for 8 weeks, in Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, open to anyone who wishes to write. The tea-room of the theatre on those Saturday mornings becomes a special creative and energetic writing space. If you want to find out more get in touch with me through the contact page here –  you can read what previous participants have said here

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2015 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend – April 10th, 11th, 12th

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Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

Fri. 10th, Sat. 11th, Sun. 12th April 2015

Inspired by Arvon City

EARLY BIRD OFFER: €160 if paid by Thurs. 12th Feb. (€175 after that date)

‘The universe is expanding … you’re going somewhere else!’ (Robert Pinsky).

Join writers Ferdia MacAnna & Nessa O’Mahony for three days of writing in the intimate setting of Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir. Expand and develop your range of writing skills and learn how techniques used in screenwriting, poetry and memoir can help to expand your writing toolkit. You will work with Nessa & Ferdia, two experienced writers and teachers of writing, over three full days, exploring the link between real life and imagination and discover new ways of identifying and transforming material. There will be facilitated workshops, one-to-one sessions and time for you to write. Fee: €160 early bird if paid by 12th Feb or €175 if paid later. If you want to know more do get in touch with me through the Contact page.

It’s about writing … but it’s also about much more than writing

Dear readers,

I have been neglecting this blog in recent months, not that I’m losing my conviction that writing changes lives, far from it, but  because so many other things have been happening in my writing life, one more exciting than the next!

The Story House Ireland

Not least is the development and launch of The Story House, a residential writing centre inspired by the work of the late John Moat & The Arvon Foundation. The first course to take place in The Story House, on short fiction, will be taught by Julian Gough & Susie Maguire with a visit from the special mid-week guest, Dónal Ryan. This inaugural course will take place over five days, from Mon. 23rd to Sat. 28th March 2015 in scenic west Waterford. Hurry on over to The Story House website for all the details and to book your place.

Brewery Lane Theatre

The Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend has also been completely revamped for 2015. Taking inspiration from Arvon’s city courses the weekend will feature three days of writing with two writers, Ferdia MacAnna (aka Rocky de Valera!) & Nessa O’Mahony, in the intimate setting of Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir. During the Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend you will expand and develop your range of writing skills and learn how techniques used in screenwriting, poetry and memoir can help to expand your writing toolkit. You will work with Nessa & Ferdia, two experienced writers and teachers of writing, over three full days, exploring the link between real life and imagination and discover new ways of identifying and transforming material. There will be facilitated workshops, one-to-one sessions and time for you to write.

Dates: Fri. 10th – Sun. 12th April 2015. Fee: €160 early bird if paid by 12th Feb 2015 or €175 if paid later. Accommodation available in The Carraig Hotel at a special rate to participants . To book your place or to find out more details please get in touch with me through the Contact page.

Last, but not least, my own spring series of writing workshops will start again in Brewery Lane Theatre on Saturday, 24th Jan. 2015. If you’re interested in writing but have not previously attended my workshops you might like to start by reading Pat Schneider‘s book ‘Writing Alone & With Others’ (but it’s not at all compulsory).  Pat has been an enormous influence on my work and her book is in Waterford City Library and, often, in The Book Centre, Waterford, and is also available to buy online.

And have I mentioned the monthly Poetry Plus night in Brewery Lane Theatre? It’s free and it’s fun!

Each of us has genius, but we need support …’ Pat Schneider

Autumn Writing Workshops in Brewery Lane Theatre

 All my workshops are suitable for anyone beginning, or beginning again, to write and are informed by the work of Pat Schneider, founder of

Amherst Writers & Artists.

AUTUMN 2014 WEEKLY WRITING WORKSHOPS

Start date: Saturday, 27th September 2014

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Venue: Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir (tearoom)

Fee: €150 (if that is honestly a difficulty let me know)

All you will need to bring is a pen, a notebook and a desire to write. Remember, writing changes lives. You can read some testimonials here

To book a place, or to ask me about my workshops, I would love to hear from you through the contact page.

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