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.
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!
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.
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
MOLLY KEANE CREATIVE WRITING AWARD 2014
Now in its 17th year, Waterford County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award.
The late writer lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. To celebrate this rich literary life, the County Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family, is inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2014.
The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on
Friday 14th March 2014.
Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from www.waterfordcoco.ie or by contacting the Arts Office on 058-41416.
This is the newest, and maybe most intimate, Writers’ Weekend in Ireland and it’s already packing quite a punch. During Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend you will have the opportunity to discover what makes a winning short story with Nuala Ní Chonchúir, celebrate the results of the poetry competition judged by Mark Roper, join Richard Hayes of Waterford Institute of Technology for his seminar, ‘Into the New: Writing and Change’, and be with lots of other writers for a weekend of words. The venue is a building that is very old, very atmospheric. It’s currently a theatre cum arts space and was originally a small brewery. There are lots of stories in those thick walls.
The deadline for the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition is Friday, 22nd March. For details and Rules for Entry see here