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Creative Writing Workshops 2018

Workshop no.1 ~ Historical fiction writing with Caroline Busher

Learn how to write historical fiction with Irish Times Best Selling Author of historical fiction Caroline Busher. Participants will learn how to write a story that is set in the past. We will consider the importance of setting and learn how to create believable characters from the past. Whether history is the backdrop to your story or the story itself. Caroline will provide you with advice that will make your writing come alive.

Caroline Busher graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing (UCD). She was appointed “Reader in Residence” with Wexford Public Library Services. Caroline is a Heritage Expert with The Heritage Council of Ireland and  Vice Chair for Wexford Literary Festival. Her Irish Times Best Selling novels “The Ghosts of Magnificent Children” and “The Girl Who Ate The Stars” are out now.

Date:     Fri 5th Oct

Time:    10 am - 12 pm

Venue:  The Friary Space, P17 WR88

Cost:      €35

Workshop no.2 ~  Song writing with John Spillane

“At my song writing workshops we actually write songs"

We get down and dirty and write songs. First we write words. Then we assemble them in a certain order, using the tricks of the trade, verse, chorus, repetition, rhyme etc. Then we sing them and we have a song. Storytelling in the song, we will examine and enjoy the Irish ballad tradition and see how a story may be told in a song, how the music can heighten the action. We will look at the magical chemical reaction that happens when words and music meet. Each participant will pick a theme and write one serious ballad which can be perfected later in their own time .

Acclaimed Irish Singer and Songwriter John Spillane, with 35 years of vastly illuminating and exciting career within the world of music. Having sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland, John has also been awarded with two Meteor Irish Music Awards for ‘Best Act Folk’ and ‘Traditional’ act. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk lumineer’s such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav, Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon.

John will also be playing a gig later in the evening at The Lord Kingsale

Date:     Fri 5th Oct

Time:    6 pm - 7.30 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      €20

Workshop no.3 ~  "Couch to 100k" with Cat Hogan 

‘Couch to 100k’ - Kickstart your writing and go the distance.

In the space of two and a half  years, Cat Hogan has written and published two best sellers while raising a pair of little boys and running her own business. People often say- ‘I think I have a book in me’. If anyone can motivate you to write that book, screenplay, play, or collection of short stories- it’s her.

Drawing on her own experience, Cat will inspire you by busting the writing myths, teach you the tools and tricks- the outline and the nuts and bolts of the writing process. Prompts and exercises will be given to help you jump over any mental blocks. Writers block?!- What writers block. Finally, she’ll show you how to sprinkle a bit of magic on your work.

Cat Hogan: Born into a home of bookworms and close to the sea, her father, Pat, a lightship man, instilled in her a love of the sea and the stars. Her mother, Mag, taught her how to read before she could walk. Writing, storytelling, and a wild imagination is part of her DNA. The beautiful County Wexford is home to Cat, her musician partner, two beautiful sons and two tomcats. There they live a life of storytelling, song, and adventure by the sea in the beautiful Kilmore Quay. 

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’- Cat’s second novel was published in September 2017 and was nominated for the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Novel of the Year Award at the BGE Irish Book Awards. She was the 2017 recipient of The John Hewitt Society Bursary Award.

She has written for publications nationally and internationally. When she is not conjuring up imaginary friends and mad men, she teaches Creative Writing & Mental Health programs to young teenagers and adults, and tutors in Adult Literacy and Further Education with the Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board. She facilitates both creative writing and business workshops in Wexford and beyond and is a regular speaker in libraries up and down the country.  

Cat is on the Panel of Artists for Creative Communities with Wexford County Council. She is represented by Curtis Brown Literary Agency.

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    10 am - 12 pm

Venue:  The Friary Space, P17 WR88

Cost:      €35