“A purified nonfiction narrative…to illuminate the world…”

Marvellous book, marvellous writing…

Tom Sigafoos

annie dillardIn her introduction to Encounters with Chinese Writers, Annie Dillard writes, “These are only glimpses, not portraits; their subject is not China, and not even entirely Chinese writers, but a few vivid, equivocal moments in the days of some of earth’s people in the twentieth century. What interests me here, and elsewhere, is the possibility for a purified nonfiction narration – a kind of Chekhovian storytelling which might illuminate the actual world with a delicate light – coupled with humor in the American tradition and no comment.”

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Roddy Doyle to Celebrate Fighting Words North West in Bundoran on Monday 11 Feb

Tom Sigafoos


Author and Fighting Words co-founder Roddy Doyle will visit the Bundoran Community Library on Monday, 11 Feb to recruit new volunteers for Fighting Words North West. All members of the public are invited.

Roddy will be here to celebrate the first full year of Fighting Words creative writing workshops in the North West. He will speak at the Bundoran Library from 2:00 to 3:30 on Monday.

In 2018, Fighting Words North West led creative-writing workshops for students from schools in Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Creevy, Killygordan, Kinlough, and Belleek. Fighting Words volunteers come from Donegal, Leitrim, and Sligo.

For additional information contact northwest@fightingwords.ie

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New Year’s Resolution: Do more of what you love

writing handYou’d like to be a better writer? Or a better poet? You write a little, but you’d like to write more? Or you haven’t written since school, but you’d like to give it a try? 

This term I’ll be leading three fortnightly workshops in Kinlough, Co Leitrim. Not sure which is for you? Read more at monicacorish.ie/workshops, or contact me.

  • Tuesday evenings: ‘Writing: the Art and the Craft’, for writers of fiction, memoir and creative non-fiction
  • Wednesday evenings:  ‘Women Writing Together’, for beginners, and for women who want to explore their writing voice.
  • Thursday evenings: ‘Poetry: the Art and the Craft’

Early bird concession available until Jan 7. Workshops start Tues 15 / Wed 16 / Thurs 17 January. Places limited, so advance booking is advised.

The “Secret” of Great Writing

Tom Sigafoos

There is a relationship, a reciprocity between the words and the images, ideas, and emotions evoked by those words: the stronger that relationship, the stronger the work. To believe that you can achieve meaning or feeling without coherent, integrated patterning of the sounds, the rhythms, the sentence structures, the images, is like believing you can go for a walk without bones. — Ursula Le Guin, in Dancing at the Edge of the World

A wonderful distillation of quotes from Dancing is found in the Brainpickings blog posted on 21 Nov 2014. If you’re a writer, subscribe to Brainpickings and help support it. It’s a good investment of your time.

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New! Poetry workshop in Kinlough, and more…

Spring 2019, Kinlough, Co Leitrim: This term I’m offering:

  • a new series of workshops on Thursday evenings: ‘Poetry: the Art and the Craft’
  • my regular Tuesday workshops: ‘Writing: the Art and the Craft’, for writers of fiction, memoir and creative non-fiction
  • plus my regular ‘Women Writing Together’ workshops on Wednesdays

Full details at monicacorish.ie/workshops. Places are limited, so advance booking is advised.

Makes me write instead of thinking about writing.” – J O’C


“When we neglect the artist in ourselves, there is a kind of mourning that goes on under the surface of our busy lives.”

Pat Schneider, founder of the Amherst Method, in ‘Writing Alone and with Others’, OUP.

Women Writing Together, Kinlough, Co Leitrim, Autumn 2018: Explore your creativity, develop confidence in your voice by writing with other women in a warm and encouraging environment. The workshops will be led by award-winning writer and Amherst trained writing group leader Monica Corish. For more info go to www.monicacorish.ie/workshops / contact monicacorishwriting@gmail.com / 087-6414185.