Workshops

Poetry and Story Inspired by Myth

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Writing Workshop: Star of the Sea, Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, Saturday August 19, 11 am – 5 pm. Cost: €75 / €65 if payment received by August 12. Places limited to 12. To pay, click on the PayPal button, or click here to pay by cheque or PO. Early booking advised.

What do “The Song of Wandering Aengus”, “The Twilight Saga” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” have in common? Yeats’ poem, Stephanie Meyer’s series, and Margaret Atwood’s novel were all inspired by myth and legend, fable and fairytale – by the collective dreams that have helped humanity come to terms with an unpredictable world since the beginning of human time.

The list of writers inspired by myth goes on and on: Carol Ann Duffy in “The World’s Wife”; Philip Pullman in “His Dark Materials”; WH Auden in “Museé des Beaux Arts”; JK Rowling in the Harry Potter stories; William Allingham in “The Fairies”; Salley Vickers in “Miss Garnett’s Angel”…

Perhaps you think that you don’t know enough about myth to participate in this workshop? You do – from school, from home, from pop culture, we all grow up learning ancient and fabulous tales. Some, such as Queen Maeve and the Táin, were written down; others – of fairy rings and púcas, selkies and changelings – were handed down at bedtime from grandparent to child; and others are alive and buzzing in our minds from watching last night’s television.

In this writing workshop we will read extracts from myth-inspired writing, and craft our own versions of the myths that engage us. You don’t need to do any preparation– just come along with your pen and notebook, and a willingness to be surprised at your own imagination and inventiveness. The workshop will be led by Monica Corish, an inspiring and encouraging Amherst Method certified writing group leader, and an award-winning writer of poetry, short stories and memoir.

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About My Workshops:

Amherst Method Workshops: Do you want to write, but don’t know where to start? Have you ever held back from joining a writers’ group because you felt you weren’t a “real” writer? Or perhaps you’ve been writing for years, but now your words feel stale, or you’re low on inspiration? I am trained to lead writing workshops based on the Amherst Writers method, described in “Writing Alone & With Others” by Pat Schneider, published by Oxford University Press. This writing workshop method is guaranteed to build confidence and to evoke original and surprising work, in both novice and more experienced writers.

Craft and Critique Workshops:  I also offer Craft and Critique workshops for writers working towards publication, where the emphasis is on the development of writing skills through constructive critique, feedback and tailored craft exercises.

In the past I have worked with pre-existing writing groups, and with community groups, Returned Development Workers, women’s groups, libraries, active age groups and transition year students. Click here to read participants’ testimonials.

If you would like me to lead a one-off or a series of workshops with your writing group or your community group, please contact me.