*Bursary News for Writers*
The 2019 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend, with writers Angela Carr and Enda Wyley, will take place from Fri. 26th to Sun. 28th April. Thanks to the generous support of Tipperary County Council we are delighted to now offer two (2) full bursaries, worth €175 each. NB These bursaries are only open to writers who have not previously had their work published.
This annual writers’ weekend takes place in Carrick-on-Suir, in an intimate theatre setting, and is unique in its focus on writers and writing. We believe that a lot can be learned from craft techniques across writing genres, so we keep it non-genre specific. Every year 12 participants get the opportunity to work with two professional writers over 3 days – to date the writers teaching on the weekend have included poets, novelists, screenwriters, memoirists and sometimes a mix of all genres in the one person!
If this appeals to you and you wish to apply for a 2019 bursary please do the following:
- In a statement of not more than 250 words, outline how participating in the Writers’ Weekend would benefit you and your writing and state that you have not previously had your writing published. You might usefully include in your statement
- your experience of writing
- any financial/personal obstacles you experience in accessing professional development as a writer
- email your statement, with Bursary Application in the subject line, as a .docx attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
- final submission date is midnight on Wednesday, 9th Jan 2019
- submissions will not be considered after that date.
- all submissions will be anonymously assessed by an independent adjudicator.
If you do not qualify to apply for a bursary (i.e. you’re already published) but would like to book a place on this weekend you are very welcome to get in touch with me through the Contact page for booking details. The early bird offer of €160 is open until Jan. 31st and there are still places available. After that date the full fee of €175 will apply.
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.
To book your place get in touch via the Contact Page
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.
To book your place get in touch via the Contact Page
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
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
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.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.
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.
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
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
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.
‘Write about what you don’t know about what you know’ (Eudora Welty)
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’.