As part of The Limerick Gathering Tailteann Nua Festival a series of creative writing workshops will be hosted by The Limerick Writers’ Centre to coincide with the Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition which takes place Sat 3rd August on the UL Campus. The workshops start from 10.00am to 4.00pm and take place in Plassy House. The fee for each workshop is €10.00.
Booking is advisable as places will be limited. Please contact Dominic Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
POETRY/CREATIVE WRITING – 10.00am to 12.00 noon
This workshop, facilitated by John Liddy, is designed to inspire writers to discover/extend their poetic voice. Existing poets may explore new directions while those seeking to write poetry for the first time will find a springboard for their ideas and style.
SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP 12.00 noon to 2.00pm
Award-winning storyteller, poet and playwright Fiona Clark Echlin will lead this innovative fiction-writing workshop, which is designed for experienced writers as well as those with nothing more than a will to write.
The workshop will offer a spring-board from which to investigate characterisation, plot structuring, style and symbolism through a series of new and imaginative exercises focusing on short stories and flash fiction.
An experienced and inspiring teacher of Creative Writing, Fiona offers methodologies that will help writers ‘beat the block’, explore exciting and reliable new departures, and direct them towards producing polished manuscripts.
You are invited to bring along work in progress or simply your ideas, enthusiasm and hopes.
INTRODUCTION TO MEMOIR 2.00pm to 4.00pm
How to Write a Memoir. This workshop, facilitated by Sheila Quealey, is a survey of the memoir genre and will give the writer practical advice on how to begin to record stories from their life.
What is memoir writing? Memoir writing is a creative, non-fiction medium for any individual who wishes to tell a story from their life. The act of life writing has evolved over the last thirty years and continues to evolve each time someone decides to write, creatively, about their life. The creative possibilities for memoir writing are as endless as the originality of the individual story and personal style of the author.
Memoir is a unique form of life writing that allows the author to confront and contemplate a significant period in their life and through the creative process share their experience and insights with others.
If you have a life story that you have been waiting to write, and if you would like to learn more about memoir genre this is the course for you. Join this creative supportive environment and begin the journey of writing the stories from your life.
The Workshop Facilitators
John Liddy’s poetry collections include Boundaries (1974); The Angling Cot (1991); Song of the Empty Cage (1997); Wine and Hope (1999); Cast-A-Net (2003); The Well: New and Selected Poems (2007); Gleanings from the Margins (2010).He is the founding editor along with Jim Burke of The Stony Thursday Book, one of Ireland’s longest running literary reviews (1975- ) along with Cyphers and organizes The Well/El Manantial, a weekend festival of poetry in Madrid with Matthew Loughney of The James Joyce Pub and The Embassy of Ireland.
Fiona Clark Echlin, an experienced and inspirational teacher of literature and creative writing, Fiona Clark Echlin is an award-winning published writer of short stories, poetry and works for the theatre.
London-born Fiona has lived and worked in London, New York, Istanbul and not least, Limerick. Her recent solo volume From the Rib (Revival Press, 2012) a collection of sonnets and villanelles, has attracted much attention on the poetry circuit in Ireland, the UK and Australia. As well as being a poet, Fiona Clark Echlin is an award-winning playwright and story teller. Her poems, plays and stories are all coloured by her background, which has strong roots in the theatre. She taught for many years in London and Cambridge and now teaches Creative Writing, Communication Skills, Poetry and Drama in Limerick.
Sheila Quealey (MLA) teaches creative and memoir writing courses in various venues around Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. She is employed by both Limerick City AES and Tipperary AES and teaches in community education programs around Limerick city. Sheila also teaches an advanced creative writing workshop at the Excel Theatre in Tipperary Town and at Friars Gate, Kilmallock, Co.Limerick. Sheila feels passionately about the need to record personal histories for posterity and as historical and cultural documents.