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Creative Writing Workshops 2019

Workshop no.1 ~ Memories into Memoir with Irene Graham

Learn how to trigger memories and set your memoir in motion with Irene Graham, Author of The Memoir Writing Workbook.  Learn innovative right-brain/left-brain writing techniques to help you dig deeper into story and write a compelling memoir. Throughout the workshop you will learn how to find the focus of your memoir, and what you need to do to keep developing and writing it.


Irene Graham, Founder of The Creative Writer’s Workshop and The Memoir Writing Club, has more than 28 years experience facilitating creative writing workshops. Her Writing Retreats and Online Memoir Writing Courses have become an international success. Her courses are also accredited by George Mason University, Virginia, USA as part of its undergraduate and graduate degree programmes.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    10 am - 12 pm

Venue:  The Friary Space, P17 WR88

Cost:      €30

Workshop no.2 ~  Writing Masterclass with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
A writing masterclass on plot and structure

Sarah’s workshop will focus on core elements of plotting and structure with an emphasis on some of the key aspects of writing that lend energy, truth and momentum to the shaping and developing of a novel’s storyline. Filled with practical exercises, useful reflections and writerly knowhow, Sarah will share some of the plotting techniques and ideas that can help you to develop confidence and style in your own writing. Perfect for new writers and emerging novelists.


Sarah is an award-winning novelist and teacher. By day, she’s an academic based at the University of Limerick where she teaches on the MA in creative writing, runs service-learning modules focused on creative writing in the community, and supervises research on creativity and fiction writing. She has been shortlisted for the CBI book of the year, the Waterstone’s prize and Scotland’s Red Book Award. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages, including Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Polish, Swedish and Norwegian, and also adapted for the stage (by Patch of Blue theatre company) in London and Edinburgh. Sarah has broadcast creative non-fiction on Sunday Miscellany, and has presented at many festivals and conferences throughout the world. She is one of the UL Creative writing Summer School facilitators and founder of UL’s creative writing winter school for mid-career writers.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct  

Time:    11 am - 1 pm

Venue:  Friar's Lodge Guesthouse, P17 VP77

Cost:      €30

Workshop no.3 ~  Sarah Maria Griffen

This workshop is aimed towards teenage writers 

A look at some of fiction's most fantastic monsters - from the classic to the modern - how to build one ourselves, and how to defeat them. This workshop examines the language of magic and world-building, and how to craft a monster that will compel and terrify readers. 


Sarah Maria Griffin's first novel, Spare & Found Parts, was released in February 2018 by Titan Books, after a 2016 release in North America by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins. Her nonfiction has appeared on Buzzfeed, The Rumpus, Guts, Winter Pages and she writes a weekly podcast column for The Irish Times. Her collection of essays about emigration, Not Lost, was published by New Island Press in 2013. She was the recipient of the European Science Fiction Awards Chrysalis Award in 2017 and was the recipient of an Arts Council Bursary for Literature in Spring of that year. She was NUI Maynooth's Writer in Residence for 2017/18. Her second novel, Other Words For Smoke, was released in Spring 2019. She tweets @griffski.

Date:     Sun 6th Oct

Time:    11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Venue:  Aperitif at The Blue Haven

Cost:     €30 

Workshop no.4 ~  Comics: More Than Just Capes

Comics are an accessible, exciting medium that can be used to tell any kind of story. Superhero films might dominate the cinema, but modern comics are so much more than this one genre. Autobiography, journalism, education, history - comics can be all of these things. This two-hour workshop explores the many ways that comics can be used to tell stories and gives you the tools to tell your story in the form of a comic or graphic novel. 


Colin O' Mahoney is a freelance comic book editor, who also writes and letters. Co-founder of Turncoat Press and the Cork Comic Creators, he has been involved in editing and publishing more than ten local anthologies in the past five years www.colinomahoney.com.

Date:     Sun 6th Oct

Time:    11 am - 1 pm

Venue:  The Friary Space, P17 WR88

Cost:     €30 

Workshop no.5 ~  Graphic Novels

Brendan O’ Connell & Fiona Boniwell 

Age 13+

Workshop facilitated by the creative team behind Death’s New Lease on Life and Cerberus’ New Trick.


How do you go about teaching an old dog a new trick? Here we’ll look at taking established characters and applying a new twist to their tired old tails. Or tales, even. Looking at familiar characters from ancient myths, legends and folklore, maybe even classic literature, we’ll see what happens when you attempt to place them in a new world or fresh context.


Taking a fun writing and visualisation exercise that can help participants produce great stories of their own. In this workshop for both writers and artists, Brendan and Fiona will guide you through the process of developing a character and building a story around them. 

They will also provide an insight into the procedure and workflow involved in developing a graphic novel from idea to end result and how this differs from other forms of literature.


This workshop will include a Q&A session along with practical activities and is suitable for ages 13+

All materials are included; however, feel free to bring along a notebook/sketchbook and any comic projects you may be working on.

Date:     CANCELLED due to events outside our control

Please check out workshop no 4 - Comics: More than Just Capes with Colin O'Mahoney

Workshop no.6 ~  Putting the Extra into the Ordinary

Songwriting with Ger Wolfe

Age: 6 - 12

Join songwriter Ger Wolfe for a workshop of song where we will take a magical trip through the world of song writing.  Discover your own abilities and learn how to open up that songbook that waits for you inside your head! We will have a good look at the very ordinary things that make up our lives and discover song ideas that you might never have imagined possible.


Whatever your experience of music - Maybe you play a bit of ukulele or piano?, write songs already or maybe you’ve never before sung or played a note, written or rhymed a song, or you’ve spent Saturday mornings singing along with the X factor stars or - you are an experienced singer in front of the mirror with that hairbrush, whoever you are this promises to be a fun and practical afternoon to stir your musical imagination and send you home humming your very own songs. 


Bring an instrument if you can (careful with that piano!) and also some way to record your work; we’ll have plenty of paper too but nice to have some kind of voice recorder, writing doesn’t always need to be on paper! Come along and have the craic song writing.


Ger Wolfe has released eight full albums worth of his own songs over the last twenty years, the latest “Melody Bright & The Favourite Sparrow” a compilation of his work to date, featuring his well-known songs ‘The Curra Road’ and ‘The Lark of Mayfield’.


He has toured extensively in Ireland and in the U.K. both as a solo artist and with various combinations of his band ‘The New Skylarks’ over the last twenty years.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event

Date:     Sun 6th Oct

Time:    3 pm - 4.30 pm

Venue:  Friar's Lodge Guesthouse, P17 VP77

Cost:     €20