I’m delighted to announce the details of the 2020 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend. As ever we continue to bring you the best current writers and teachers of writing – this time the wonderfully accomplished duo of Lisa Harding and Alan McMonagle.
Booking is now open for this, Ireland’s most intimate writers’ weekend, where the focus is firmly on writers and writing, with a healthy dose of craic and conviviality to leaven the mix! Early bird offer is €160 until Fri. Jan 31st. A steal!! This event is strictly limited to 12 participants and there was a waiting list last year. For booking enquiries get in touch with me via the Contact page.
‘Every story has a beginning, a muddle, and an end.’ Philip Larkin
Introducing a mix of theory, writing prompts and group discussion, this weekend course will steer participants through the elements of writing effective fiction.
Referencing proven masters, Lisa Harding will focus on ‘Voice, Character and Dramatic Action’ in fiction, and Alan McMonagle will examine beginnings and endings; voice, tone and point-of-view; characterisation and dialogue; language and setting; and, of course, ‘the muddle’. We will also look at what fiction, both long and short, attempts to achieve, and apply prompt-based exercises to topics covered.
Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright and author. She has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, the Lyric, the Royal Court and on RTE, among others. Plays have been performed at the Project, Battersea Arts Centre and Theatre 503 in London. Short stories have been published in The Winter Papers, Bath short story anthology and the Dublin Review, alongside being shortlisted in various competitions and placed a winner in the inaugural Doolin Writers’ Weekend.
Harvesting, her first novel won the Kate O’Brien award, was nominated for best newcomer at the Irish Book Awards 2017 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Prize 2018. It has been translated into French by Gallimard press. A screen adaptation is currently underway with the director of the Derry Girls, Michael Lennox. Her new novel, BRIGHT BURNING THINGS is to be published by Bloomsbury in spring 21.
Alan McMonagle has written for radio and published two collections of short stories (Liar Liar and Psychotic Episodes). His first novel, Ithaca, was published by Picador in 2017 and a second novel (Laura Cassidy’s Walk Of Fame) will appear in March 2020. Alan has a MA in Writing from NUI Galway, and has delivered courses and facilitated writing workshops at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Listowel Writers’ Week, the City Literary Institute in London and many others. He lives in Galway. (www.alanmcmonagle.com)
For booking enquiries get in touch with me 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
Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend is brought to you with the assistance of Tipperary County Council.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
Is it just me or did we not just have the October Poetry Plus night? Tempus is fugiting … The November Poetry Plus night is on Friday next, 21st at 8.15pm in Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir. There will be the usual extravagant prizes for those who take up the challenge and recite from the heart.We’ve had some stunning performances and I’m looking forward to more.
I find Ted Hughes’ explanation for the decline of learning by heart and the rise of rote learning over so many dismal decades in school very interesting. He links it to the rise of Puritanism with its attempts to eradicate imagery from all aspects of life, not only in churches and the forbidding of drama, but also the use of imagery as a memory technique. The deadening, stultifying learning by rote then became the norm. You can read the complete version of this in his introduction to ‘By Heart:101 Poems to Remember‘.
The theme for this month’s event is ‘Music’. You can read / recite in any form that appeals to you. There is a limit of two poems or short(ish) pieces of prose. If you have a song let’s hear it!
Overall winner of the poetry competition Grace Wells, with adjudicator Richard Hayes, WIT (centre) and David Ryan, Dungarvan, whose poem ‘Another Blue Boy’ was Highly Commended in the Emerging Poet Category. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel
Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel
Mary O’Gorman, Clonmel, being congratulated by Richard Hayes. Mary’s poem ‘A Poem’s Thoughts’ was Highly Commended in the overall category.
Ladies in Red! Kate Gordon, Catherine Lowry-O’Neill and Mary Clancy enjoying the launch night. Photo courtesy The Nationalist, Clonmel
Prizewinners all! From left, Patricia Cantwell, Clonmel – winner of the Emerging Poet Category, Bríd Kervick, Templeorum – Highly Commended in the Emerging Poet Category, Mary O’Gorman, Clonmel – Highly Commended in the Overall Category and Danny Harty, Comeragh College – winner of the Schools’ Category. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel
Eileen Acheson, Clonmel enjoying a chat with writer Michael Coady. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel
Danny Harty with his proud sisters Chloe and Josie. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel
Dave Lordan making a definite point about the writing of Flash Fiction, although Mary Marron, Dungarvan, doesn’t seem to be taking him too seriously.
Eileen Acheson, Clonmel & Geraldine Mernagh, Kilkenny busy at Dave Lordan’s workshop.
Kate Gordon, Karl Sandison and Eileen Acheson at Dave Lordan’s Flash Fiction workshop
It was a busy, busy but very enjoyable weekend and thanks to everyone who made it so. If you would like to see a sample of what Shem Caulfield presented at his seminar on Saturday morning, click here. After being in Shem’s company for a couple of hours, listening to him and seeing his beautiful images, for me, and for the others who attended, a gate will never again be just a gate. There really is an epic in the detail!
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