New Year, New Beginnings!

We announce details of our Literary Competitions 2015

New Year brings New Beginnings – Kick-Start your Creative Journey as a Writer and Follow in the Footsteps of Writers such as Christine Dwyer Hickey, who launched her successful career as an author by entering one or more of our Literary Competitions.

“When Patrick Kavanagh penned the words, ‘There is the source from which all cultures rise, there is the pool in which the poet dips,’ he could well have been referring to the literary competitions at Listowel Writers’ Week. The competitions are the opportunity to add to the well of culture, to dip into that pool and to give wings to your creativity. ‘It takes courage to be a writer,’ John B Keane often said. It takes courage to present your writing for adjudication and it takes nerves of steel to await the outcome of that adjudication. It is all part of the journey of the writer. We at Listowel Writers’ Week invite you to share that journey with us and take part in our internationally recognised competitions.” Sean Lyons, Festival Chairman

This year, for the first time, you are invited to submit your entries online for a number of the competitions. These are The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, Duais Foras Na Gaeilge, The Single Poem Competition and the Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Competitions. Click HERE for details

Entries for the following competitions should be submitted in the usual way by post: The Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award, The Poetry Collection Competition, The Irish Post New Writing Competition, The Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Competition, Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award, Kerry County Council Creative Writing Competitions for Youth, Creative Writing for Special Educational Needs and Writing in Prisons Competition.

Literary Workshops 2015

Why not join us in Listowel in the true home of the Creative Writing Workshop this summer and kick-start your creative journey as a writer. Listowel Writers’ Week takes place from 27th May to 31st May 2015.

The New Year brings new beginnings, new opportunities, new challenges and… New Year Resolutions! Perhaps it’s finally time to dust off that half-written novel that’s been lurking in your bottom drawer for too long; or to get started on that short story you’ve always been meaning to write. Maybe you have a great idea for a screenplay or a stage drama but don’t really know how to go about getting it down on paper. Perhaps you’d like to finally get to grips with the technicalities of writing poetry.

Whatever your area of interest or level of experience is, NOW is the perfect time to put that New Year resolution into practice and book yourself (or a friend) into one of our 2 or 3-day Creative Writing/Literary Workshops.

This year for the first time we are introducing our 2-day Weekend Creative Writing Workshops which will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May from 9am to 12.30pm each day and cost €140. They are: Short Fiction with Patricia O’Reilly, Screenwriting with Shane Connaughton and Songwriting with Declan O’Rourke.       

2 Day Directors

Our 3-day Creative Writing Workshops take place as usual on Thursday 28th May, Friday 29th May and Saturday 30th May from 9am – 12.30pm each day and cost €175. They are: Novel Advanced, with international award winning author Alex Preston. Creative Writing Advanced, with international award winning author Lucy Caldwell, who will explore the themes of love, sex and death. Nuala Ní Chonchúirwill direct Short Fiction; Martina Devlin, Creative Writing – Getting Started; William Wall, Novel Getting Statred; John McAuliffe, Poetry Getting Started; Peter Fallon, Poetry Advanced; Dr Eibhear Walsh, Memoir & Non-Fiction; Mary Russell, Travel Writing andJimmy Murphy, Writing for Theatre.

3-day Directors

Places on all creative writing workshops are limited to 15 people. For more detailed information on each of the Creative Writing Workshops or to book online, please click here. If you would prefer to book by phone, please call the Listowel Writers’ Week office on (+353) 068 21074. Alternatively you can send a cheque or postal order, made payable to Listowel Writers’ Week and addressed to 24, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

We look forward to welcoming you to Listowel for what promises to be another great festival. Don’t forget these important dates in those new 2015 Diaries! Listowel Writers' Week: 27th May to 31st May 2015.

All best for a wonderful 2015.

The Team



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