Fermanagh Writers next workshop is a poetry workshop with tutor, Monica Corish. Places are limited so if you wish to attend please email to register. The workshop is free and there is a £2.50 charge for refreshments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 087-6414185.
Writing: The Art and the Craft – Tuesdays – Kinlough, Co Leitrim
Develop your writing skills through free-writing and craft exercises, constructive critique and insightful feedback.Seven x 3 hours: Tuesdays, 7 – 10 pm, Sept 11 & 25, Oct 9 & 23, Nov 6 & 20, Dec 4 2018. Cost: €125, early bird concession €100, before Tues Sept 4.
Women Writing Together – Wednesdays – Kinlough, Co Leitrim
Explore your creativity and develop confidence in your voice by writing with other women in a warm and encouraging environment.Seven x 2.5 hours: Wednesdays, 7 – 9:30 pm, Sept 12 & 26, Oct 10 & 24, Nov 7 & 21, Dec 5 2018. Cost: €105, early bird concession €90, before Tues Sept 4.
It’s been a year since Andy McLaren died. My tribute to him appeared in today’s edition of the Donegal Post (4 July 2018):
Andy McLaren died shortly after midsummer last year. He spent the last week of his life in the Intensive Care Unit of Letterkenny General Hospital, where only immediate family members were permitted to visit. A sympathetic nurse carried messages back and forth. Andy was on a breathing apparatus, and he didn’t want me to see him under those circumstances. He said that he’d let me know as soon as he was better, but his lungs were too damaged and his resistance was too low. He died on Sunday, July 2.
I miss Andy. I miss hurrying into Linda’s Diner to find him sitting with one eye on the clock and the other on a rumpled newspaper, halfway through a cup of coffee and wondering how late I…
Create your own Soul Cards with card, glue, images and imagination. Collage — a creative and playful method for intuitive, artful self-discovery and self-expression — is accessible to everyone, even those who think they have no artistic ability.
Where?Lakeside Centre, Belleek Road, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal When? Saturday, July 14, 11 AM – 5 PM How much? €75, all materials supplied Early bird concession: €60 before July 6 Questions? Contact email@example.com
What they said about previous workshops: “Surprisingly easy.” — “A window into my interior, amusing, surprising and fun.” — “A restful day of creative play and unexpected connections.”
This workshop is based on the SoulCollage® process developed by Seena B Frost, and on the Art to Heart methods taught by Jole Bortoli.
Again from Brainpickings, which I urge you to read and support, here are “Eight Tips on How to Write a Great Story” — guidelines from Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-5, Cat’s Cradle, and many fine short stories):
Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
Start as close to the end as possible.
Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window…