Literary Workshops

At Listowel Writers’ Week, we take the words of the masters seriously indeed! Each year, we gather the finest and most inspiring teachers to run our literary workshops. In a supportive and creative environment, they guide and motivate the course participants to new realms of creativity. It is an opportunity not to be missed by any writer who wishes to improve and develop their literary skills.  Seán Lyons – Chairman

We are delighted to present our 2015 literary workshops.

Bookings can be made Online by clicking the Book Now button, however if you prefer the traditional method over the phone,  please feel free to ring us on (00 353) 68 21074 and we would be delighted to take your booking.  If you would like to make a booking by post, please submit your payment either by Cheque or Postal Order, made payable to Listowel Writers’ Week.

3-Day Workshops take place on Thursday 28th May, Friday 29th May and Saturday 30th May
from 9am -12.30pm each day and cost €175

2-Day Workshops take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May
from 9am to 12.30pm each day and cost €140


3-Day Novel Getting Started with William Wall

William Wall William Wall is the author of four novels, a volume of short fiction and three poetry collections, the most recent of which is Ghost Estate. Book Now Button

Course Theme: Opening, voice, imagery, to plot or not to plot, envisioning an ending, first reader, considering the market, where to start and other matters… See more…..





3- Day Novel Advanced with Alex Preston

Alex PrestonAlex Preston was born in 1979 and lives with his family in London. His first novel This Bleeding City was an international bestseller, won the Spear’s and Edinburgh First Book award and was selected as one of Waterstones New Voices 2010.Book Now Button

Course Theme: Richard Russo said that ‘writers have to recognize and accept an essential artistic paradox – that the more specific and individual things become, the more universal they feel.’  See more….. 




3-Day Creative Writing Getting Started with Martina Devlin

Martina DevlinMartina Devlin is an author and journalist. Her eight books include Banksters, Ship of Dreams and The Hollow Heart. Her latest book The House Where It Happened is an historical novel was published in September 2014.Book Now Button

Course Theme:  Writing a book or even a short story is top of many people’s wish list. See more…..






3 -Day Creative Writing Advanced with Lucy Caldwell

Lucy CaldwellLucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981 and is the author of three novels: Where They Were Missed (2006), The Meeting Point (2011) and All the Beggars Riding (shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, 2013) Book Now Button

Course Theme: Love, Sex and Death: writing the moments that matter. See more…..







3-Day Poetry Getting Started with John McAuliffe

John McAuliffeJohn McAuliffe grew up in Listowel and now lives in Manchester where he teaches poetry at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.Book Now Button

Course Theme:  Some poems discover new ways of writing. They create sounds or tones which generate updates, responses and repudiations from their future poet-readers. See more….








3-Day Poetry Advanced Peter Fallon

Peter FallonPeter Fallon is a prize-winning poet whose books include News of the World: Selected and New Poems, The Georgics of Virgil, The Company of Horses and Strong, My Love.Book Now Button

Course Theme:  The Assembly of a Poem – Through a series of writing and reading exercises, this workshop focuses on the way a poem grows, or is assembled and on techniques, those strategies by which ideas and feelings are translated into, and conveyed by language.  See more…..





3-Day Memoir and Non Fiction with Dr Eibhear Walsh

FREE IMAGE-NO REPRO FEE. Eibhear Walshe, UCC. Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.Dr Eibhear Walshe is a senior lecturer in the School of Modern English at University College Cork. Book Now Button

Course Theme:  Autobiographical writing is now one of the most popular and exciting forms of creative writing and this short course will provide an engaging and enjoyable introduction to the genre.  See more….







3-Day Travel Writing with Mary Russell

Mary RussellWhile studying for an MA in Conflict Resolution, Mary Russell’s research took her to Southern Africa. She had caught the travelling bug. Book Now Button

Course Theme: Everything we do is part of a journey. If you’ve ever made a journey or reached a destination that you’ve wanted to tell someone about then this is the course for you.
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3-Day Short Fiction with Nuala Ni Chonchuir

Nuala Ní Chonchúir  2013 photo Emilia Krysztofiak (2)Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a short story writer, novelist and poet. Her critically acclaimed second novel The Closet of Savage Mementos was published in April 2014 by New Island. Book Now Button

Course Theme:  Author Amy Bloom has said the short story writer must ‘entice, seduce, enter, and alter the reader.’ This workshop aims to help writers achieve that by illustrating ways to make their short story shine to editors, competition judges and publishers.   See more…..





3-Day Writing for Theatre with Jimmy Murphy

Jimmy MurphyJimmy Murphy’s plays include Brothers of the BrushA Picture of Paradise and The Muesli Belt for the Abbey Theatre.  Book Now Button

Course Theme:  This workshop will look at completing the first draft of a full length play and where to send it, as well as looking at how to structure and end acts one and two.  See more…..






2-Day Screen Writing with Shane Connaughton

Shane Connaughton (2)Shane Connaughton trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Acted in rep. at various national and international theatres in Perth, Scarborough, Stoke, London and Dublin, and in films by Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Gillies MacKinnon.Book Now Button

Course Theme:  The workshop will deal with traditional storytelling narrative. How to begin your script, what happens in the middle and how you are going to end it, and why.  See more…..





2-Day Short Fiction with Patricia O’Reilly

Patricia O Reilly 2Patricia O’Reilly writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her latest novel The Interview received rave awards and A Type of Beauty: The story of Kathleen Newton was longlisted for Historical Novel Award 2013. Book Now Button

Course Theme:   Writing fiction is an adventurous act best served by nudging aside reality one word at a time. See more…..






2-Day Songwriting with Declan O’Rourke

 declan-1Declan O’Rourke has achieved critical acclaim for his songwriting, singing and performance. A consummate and versatile performer, his songs mesmerize regardless of whether performed solo, with a band, string quartet, full orchestra, or as a trio.  See more….Book Now Button


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