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‘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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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.

2016 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

Poster 2016

‘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.

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

Poster 2015 Brewery Lane Writers' W_E

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

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.

President Higgins replies

 

Post from the President

President Higgins has replied to my Open Letter and you can read his elegant response in full below.

Reply from President Higgins

Reply from President Higgins

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote that ‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.’ So the campaign for a residential writing centre in Ireland, that is open to all, continues. If you have any thoughts on this I would love to read them in the comments box below.

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