We have a range of writing workshops on offer including poetry, fiction, drama, memoir and song-writing. All of our facilitators have vast experience in their field and will, as working writers, provide you with valuable insights and tips. Each workshop costs only €10. Please contact the facilitator directly to reserve a place on the class of your choice! But don’t wait too long as placed are limited. 🙂

Details of Saturday Workshops:

Mermaid Theatre 11:30 – 1:00pm; €10, 12 places only
Drama is the most challenging of all genres. In this workshop we’ll examine: how and where to begin; creating character; dramatic dialogue; power-relationships; and managing tension.
David Butler is a full-time author whose plays have been winners of the Cork Arts Theatre Award, the Scottish Community Drama Award, the Bray One-Act Festival and British Theatre Challenge, and have been broadcast on RTE Radio One.
To book a place contact David directly: elguapo@eircom.net

Colaiste Raithin 11:00 – 12:30pm; €10
Recognising that poetry is a solitary art this workshop is intended to polish your poetry, kick start you if need be and encourage you along the way if you are already producing work. Bring along a poem if you want, and (time permitting) we will look at them. This one-off workshop is for anyone interested in how poetry works, sounds and looks on the page and to coax and encourage you to produce the best work you can in a friendly, helpful atmosphere.
Jean O’Brien is an award-winning poet whose fifth collection, New & Selected-Fish on a Bicycle was published by Salmon Pub. (2016). She holds an M. Phil from TCD and tutors in creative writing/poetry in places as diverse as the Irish Writers’ Centre, Schools, Libraries, Prisons etc. She is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany.
To book a place contact Jean directly: jeanvobrien@gmail.com

Colaiste Raithin 11:00 – 12:30pm; €10
Writing from Life is a workshop for all writers whether starting out or well on their way. We will focus on the imaginative use of life experience in creative nonfiction (memoir, life-writing) and in other forms. Learn tips and tricks for capturing incident and turning-points and refiguring these as scenes or as stories in themselves. Manage characters from life into believable literary creations. You will come away with a cache of good ideas and ways forward as well as hopefully with some writing underway!

Siobhan Campbell is an award-winning poet and writer. Her latest book is ‘Heat Signature’ from Seren Press and she edited the biography of author Kathleen Coyle, ‘The Magical Realm.’ Winner of the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize, Siobhan works in memoir and life-writing will all kinds of writers, often editing work for future publication.
To book a place contact Siobhan directly: campbellsiobhan@rocketmail.com

WORKSHOP INFO: Sunday 24th September:

Colaiste Raithin 11:00 – 12:30pm; €10

Writing powerful fiction is an acquired skill with focus on:
(i) PLOT – strong plot lines, gripping themes and structural planning. Successful plotting is the keynote of contemporary fiction and thrives on good structuring.
(ii) CHARACTERS – Dynamic characters are a vital component of any story. Within fiction they need to unfold gradually and develop and change throughout the plot. Fictional characters thrive when backed by story-enhancing locations, in depth interpretation of era, etc.
During this short workshop we will focus on how to maximise on PLOT & create page-turning CHARACTERS. The session is suitable for beginners through to published writers.

Patricia O’Reilly writes fiction and non-fiction, is an expert on Irish designer Eileen Gray, and lectures on writing in UCD and elsewhere. Her current focus is on historical fiction. The Interview, set in Paris in 1972, is her latest book. Her short stories are published widely-published and anthologised. In her time, she has been a freelance feature writer for newspapers and magazines, creator of radio documentaries, plays and scores of Sunday Miscellany pieces.

To book a place contact Patricia directly: patricia@patriciaoreilly.net

THE POWER OF THE PEN: Read and write your way to Positive Mental Health.
Colaiste Raithin 11:00 – 12:30pm; €10
The benefits of putting pen to paper on physical and mental health have been studied at length and proved time and time again.
Writing improves cognitive ability and memory. It relieves anxiety and stress- thus decreasing blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Writing develops self-awareness, clarity of thought and empathy- it also helps you sleep better. Communication skills are improved dramatically. What’s not to love about that?
In this fun and interactive workshop, Cat will teach you the techniques and tools for a positive outlook on life. She’ll help you find your own inner voice to express yourself the way you want to. Literature and poetry will also be thrown into the mix and examined for their therapeutic value.
Cat Hogan is a novelist from Wexford where she lives with her partner and two boys. Her debut novel They All Fall Down (2016), published by Poolbeg Press, is an Irish Times, Amazon UK and Amazon US bestseller and was shortlisted for The Annie McHale Debut Novel of the Year.‘There Was a Crooked Man’- the second novel and sequel will be published in September 2017 (Poolbeg).

To book a place contact Cat directly: catherina.hogan78@gmail.com

Colaiste Raithin 11:00 – 12:30pm; €10
Suitable for writers of all levels, this workshop aims to send you home with early drafts of up to 6 new poems or prose pieces. Working in a supportive, friendly environment, we will use prompts and writing exercises to generate new work. Since the writing produced here will be work-in-progress, there will be no requirement to read it to the group, but you may, if you wish, submit in advance, one poem, max.30 lines OR one piece of prose, max 300 words OR one written question on a writing topic, for the facilitator’s comments. Please paste into body of email, put Kickstart Workshop in the Subject Line and email to.bredawallryan@gmail.com before midnight 15th September.”
Breda Wall Ryan lives in Bray, Co Wicklow. Language, nature and mythology are driving forces in her poetry which has been widely published, translated and broadcast. Among her many awards are The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize and iYeats Poetry Prize. In 2016, In a Hare’s Eye (Doire Press) won the Shine/Strong Award for a first collection.

To book a place contact Breda directly: bredawallryan@gmail.com

CATCH THE WIND: Songwriting workshop.
10 places only. €10
Colaiste Raithin 11:00 – 12:30pm; €10
At my Songwriting workshop we will write new songs. We won’t talk in-depth theory, but briefly discuss the fundamentals of great songwriting: lyrics, melody, harmony & rhythm.
We will pick a topic, pluck the lyrics and melody out of the air, pick the best bits and work from there. We will put them to music and make our songs. We will have fun in the process. Bring an open mind & leave your self-critic at the door.
Instruments welcome but not essential.

BeRn has a Masters of Music degree in songwriting from Bath Spa University, UK, and 25 years’ experience writing, recording and performing.
“A real colourful individual with her saucy, unusual, punky, spicy, joyful songs”

To book a place contact BeRn directly: getberned@gmail.com