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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

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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.

‘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

Words, words ...

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.

Poetry Plus in Brewery Lane – Fri. 21st November 2014

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!

I’m tempted to read from Lavinia Greenlaw’s memoir, ‘The Importance of Music to Girls’. Now what to pair it with?

Poetry Plus – October 31st

Poetry Plus returns on Friday, 31st October, Halloween night as it happens, so you might set free your inner spook!

This is a night of words where anyone can read either two poems or short(ish) pieces of prose. It’s informal and a bit of fun. There will be a lucky dip prize for anyone who recites by heart, from the heart. More and more people are taking up this challenge, but no pressure!

Venue: Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir

Date: Friday, 31st October 2014

Time: 8.15pm

‘The release of playful imagination … releases energy’ the poet Ted Hughes said in his introduction to the book By Heart: 101 poems to remember, and that is what always happens at this event.

By Heart

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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