This creative writing workshop which is scheduled for Saturday, 28th – Sunday, 29th July 2012 is intended for beginners and those already involved in the process of writing who wish to develop their creative powers and gain feedback on their work. Acclaimed poet and author, Gabriel Fitzmaurice will direct the workshop participants.
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the venue for this weekend workshop. The Centre which is dedicated to Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland’s best loved poets, is located in the picturesque and tranquil village of Inniskeen which nestles among the Monaghan drumlins. Over the centuries, this ancient landscape has been an inspiration for legends and a home to poets and proved to be such a rich source of inspiration for Patrick Kavanagh, prompting him to ‘dabble in verse’.
The locale hasn’t changed since Kavanagh’s time, providing the perfect backdrop for this weekend of literary activity.
In the creative writing workshop students will examine the nature of creative writing, discuss examples of poetry and prose from established authors and consider the work of the workshop students. Students will read and discuss each other’s work guided by the course director. Therefore, students are requested to bring copies of their work for every member of the workshop.
The course director, Gabriel Fitzmaurice is the author of more than forty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of Irish writing in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. He has been described as ‘the best contemporary, traditional, popular poet in English’ in Booklist (U.S), ‘a wonderful poet’ in the Guardian, ‘one of Ireland’s leading poets’ in Books Ireland. ‘Ireland’s favourite poet for children’ in Best Books! and ‘the Irish A.A. Milne’ by Declan Kiberd in the Sunday Tribune.
Course fee is €100
The fee includes lunch and refreshments
Accommodation can be arranged in local quality B&B’s, a separate charge applies
The workshops get under way on Saturday 28th July
Registration at 9.30am
Workshop 1: From 10am – 12.30pm
Workshop 2: From 2pm – 5pm
The Sunday workshop commences at 11am