New Year, New Beginnings! Creative Writing Workshops 2016

Creative Writing Workshops 2016

We hope you all had a great Christmas and holiday season and are now getting into the swing of the New Year – a time when many of us indulge in a little retrospection and re-evaluation of our lives. Perhaps you’ve made a New Year resolution to finally make a start on your creative writing journey? Perhaps it’s time to retrieve that half-written novel from the bottom drawer? To get to grips with the joys and demands of writing poetry? Or maybe you’d like to try your hand at something new, such as screenwriting or writing for theatre? Perhaps it’s time to book one of our Creative Writing Workshops 2016!

Here in the beautiful heritage town of Listowel, Co. Kerry, we’ve been providing world-class Creative Writing Workshops since Bryan MacMahon first introduced the concept back in 1971. Taking place during our internationally renowned Listowel Writers’ Week literary festival, they  give encouragement and inspiration to many aspiring writers, as they discover, and put to use, what the great modernist writer Virginia Woolf called the ‘diamonds of the dustheap’.

Perhaps you simply want to write for your own pleasure. Our Creative Writing Workshops cover all levels of expertise and will encourage and inspire you to write about something you’ve always been interested in or wished to explore more deeply. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover locked away in your subconscious, as you court inspiration and make yourself available to the creative process in a supportive and friendly environment.

Our Creative Writing Workshops 2016 Programme

Creative Writing Workshops 2016
A selection of our Creative Writing Workshop Directors

This year’s exciting Workshop programme presents Director of Fiction at Faber Academy, Richard Skinner, who will teach everything you need to know about writing a novel for the advanced writer. International novelist and critic, Jonathan Barnes, will offer practical, hands-on advice to help get your fiction ready for the marketplace. Eibhear Walshe will direct Non-Fiction and Memoir; Thomas McCarthy – Poetry Advanced; Nessa O’Mahony – Creative Writing Getting Started; Graham Whybrow – Writing for Theatre; Alan McMonagle – 3-Day Short Fiction; Anthony Glavin – Novel Getting Started; John McAuliffe – Poetry Getting Started; Ferdia McAnna – Screenwriting and Patricia O’Reilly – 2-Day Short Fiction. Two new workshops for 2016 are: James Cotter – Writing Comedy for TV and Magi Gibson – Write the Wild Woman Way.

The Creative Writing Workshops take place during Listowel Writers’ Week literary festival, which falls this year between 1st – 5th June. The Workshops are strictly limited to 15 people per workshop, so early booking is advisable. For full details and how to book please click here

“The workshop I attended was an inspiration. It solved many of the practical problems I really need help with.”

Irene Fitzgerald, Dublin (2015)