Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Workshops

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Literary Workshops

Did you know that it was Bryan MacMahon who first introduced the concept of the Literary Workshop to both Ireland and Listowel Writers’ Week way back in 1972?  Directed by some of Ireland’s leading writers and teachers, our Workshops have since become an integral part of the festival and have grown in number and popularity over the years.

This year Listowel Writers’ Week is offering a total of fourteen 3-day Workshops covering all genres from Creative Writing, Novel Writing, Poetry, Songwriting, Travel Writing, Freelance Journalism, Writing for Theatre, Writing for Screen, Non-Fiction & Memoir, Writing a Play for Radio, Writing Fiction for Teens to Literary, Film/TV and Music Criticism. 

Our Workshops are also geared to catering for participants who are at different levels of their writing careers and in recognition of this fact, we offer a selection of ‘getting started’ and ‘advanced’ in the Creative Writing, Novel and Poetry Workshops.  So, regardless of your level of expertise or particular area of interest, there’s definitely a Workshop to suit your needs.

With this in mind, can you imagine spending a few days in the literary capital of Ireland, surrounded by like minded writers, composers and dreamers? Sharing your creative output in a nurturing and supportive gathering of new friends, with the guidance of some of Ireland’s leading artists and teachers? Do you dream of leaving this oasis of culture with a draft of the first chapter of your novel, a selection of new poems, new songs, new ideas, new inspirations and new challenges?  If so, then Listowel Writers’ Week is the place for you!

Sinead Gleeson (below) will direct our Freelance Journalism Workshop.  Sinead is a freelance journalist who writes for The Irish Times.  A  regular radio contributor to The Last Word on Today FM and Arena on RTE Radio 1, she is a reporter on the RTE One arts show The Works on television.


Read what previous participants have said about our Literary Workshops:

‘I found it an incredibly enjoyable experience; the smaller class-like setting was beneficial for a more well-rounded learning experience. Lyndsey Kane, Co. Meath

‘A lovely experience – of great benefit. Dave, Cork

An excellent workshop.  I learnt so much.’ Órla Sloyer, Mayo

‘It was marvelous.’ Sara Baume, Cork

‘Most helpful. Very interactive. A very good experience. Excellent! Kathleen Fahy, Tipperary

‘Excellent quality.’ T. Smith, Dublin

‘The workshop was excellent in every way – energetic, paced, varied, involved, informative and challenging.’ Róisín Moran, Mayo

‘An excellent variety – something for all artistic tastes.’ Tomás Aines, Wexford

‘Very professionally run. Could not improve.’ Joe Conway, Galway

You can now book online at Literary Workshops  However, if you would like to book a place in the traditional way, please do not hesitate to call us on +353 68 21074, we will be delighted to talk to you.

Below is a full listing of our Literary Workshops for 2013

Novel Getting Started with Catherine Dunne    SOLD OUT!

Novel Advanced with Eoin McNamee

Creative Writing Getting Started with Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Creative Writing Advanced with Carlo Gébler

Poetry Getting Started with Mark Granier

Poetry Advanced with Paul Perry

Short Fiction with Evelyn Conlon

Songwriting with Mickey MacConnell

Travel Writing with Manchán Magan

Freelance Journalism with Sinéad Gleeson

Writing for Theatre with Bernard Farrell

Writing for Screen with Conor McDermottroe

Non Fiction & Memoir  with Molly McCloskey       SOLD OUT!

Writing a Play for Radio with Julian Gough

Adult Workshop on Writing Fiction for Teens with Siobhán Parkinson

Everyone’s A Critic with John Boland

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