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Writers' Weekend

Doolin writers

Event date-3-5 Feb 2017


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Event date-16-18 June 2017


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2017 Programme

Writers' Weekend - Workshops

Doolin Writers’ Workshops

 

The Bones of Fiction with Mike McCormack

All stories belong to characters, but how do we find and  develop these characters – how do they take on a credible life of their own so that the reader can empathise with them? In this workshop these issues will be explored by way of reading and writing exercises and the participants will come away with ideas for further development.

Saturday 4th February

10am-1pm- Taking place in the Aileen Suite

€50pp(including lunch)

 

Poetry Spinning Class with Elaine Feeney

This Class is aimed at helping ease the fear of facing the blank page and will challenge and question the muscle of our own poetry and the poetry we love. Why do we write, where do we get our inspiration from and how we tunnel vast notions into poems? We will discover how prompts help to hinder the process and how our environment changes our writing. How do we fit examining best methods of editing and how a poem really only takes shape after the initial edits. The session aims to get participants from head to page to stage within a day (all while pedalling furiously on an exercise bike). Finishing on submission ideas and tips on how best to approach a poetry publisher.

Saturday 4th February

10am-1pm- Taking place in the Snug bar

€50pp (including lunch)

 

Start That Feckin’ Novel with E.M. Reapy

In this session you will look at the fundamentals of how to start your novel - thinking about and honing ideas, the novel outline, opening, character and world building, story, structure, the writing process, routines and troubleshooting.

Saturday 4th February

10am-1pm- Taking place in Ballyvara House

€50pp(including lunch)

 

Spit & Polish Editing Workshop with Declan Meade

Declan will talk about his experiences working as an editor and publisher. There will be a focus on the editorial process. He will answer questions about what writers need to consider before submitting work for publication and what happens during the move from manuscript to published story or book. He will also discuss, more generally, the opportunities that exist for emerging writers in Ireland today and look at ways the new writer might hope to sustain a writing life. 

Saturday 4th February

2pm-4pm- Taking place in the Aileen Suite

€30pp

€50pp(including lunch)

 

Cliff Ginko with Kathy D’Arcy

A ginko is a walk taken by Japanese Haiku writers specifically to gain inspiration: this workshop is based on that idea. The writing I do comes from the inspiration I've gained from walking ancient ways, and I hope to share that experience with a group of interested writers during the Doolin Writers’ Weekend 2017.  We'll combine meditative interest in our surroundings, mindful walking, and writing exercises designed to stimulate imagination, and finish with a sharing of work back in the warmth and comfort of Hotel Doolin. The workshop will involve over an hour of walking (broken into several sections) on uneven and possibly muddy ground, so dress appropriately!  You will likely need shoes suitable for walking and a warm, waterproof coat.  Bring a notebook, pens, water, and something waterproof to sit on.  And your imagination, of course.

Saturday 4th February 

2.30-4.30pm - Please meet in the Hotel lobby

€35pp

 

Mad Hatters Readings

Hosted by Stephen Murray and featuring Rita-Ann Higgins, Karl Parkinson, Dmitra Xidou, Sarah Clancy and Alvy Carragher and including Tipples and Nibbles.

Saturday 4th February

5pm-6.30pm- Taking place in the Aileen Suite

€15pp

 

Making it Now - Experimental Fiction with Dave Lordan

The world is falling apart, again & once again traditional ways of writing fiction are failing to keep up with or represent it. This workshop takes a practical, focused look at how some of the great modernist & experimental writers of past & present - Joyce, Acker, Bolano, Barthelme... - tried to find fresher & more authentic ways to live up to the challenge of representing the shock of the now. You will learn how to begin applying some of the most accessible & interesting techniques in your own work, shaking it up & making it more interesting & attention-grabbing. For both experienced & beginner writers. Led by workshop legend & multimedia author Dave Lordan.  More Info Here. 

Sunday 5th February 

10am-1pm- Taking place in Ballyvara House

€35pp

 

The Delicious Story is Ripe to Tell with Anthony Glavin

Designed for those who have always wanted to assay the short story, or are perhaps already underway, this workshop will combine writing exercises with discussion of fictional language, how a story is set, and how to people it in persuasive fashion. Many of us feel that we’ve stories to tell, and this workshop will explore how to best find our own voice in order to make short fiction of them. 

Sunday 5th February 

2.30pm- 5.30pm-Taking place in the Aileen Suite

€35pp

 

Publishing Panel

Hosted by Irish Writers’ Centre writer in residence June Caldwell and featuring literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates London, Anna Kelly of Harper Collins and Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen of Tramp Press.

Sunday 5th February 

11.30am-1.30pm- Taking place in the Aileen Suite

€15pp