Online Writing Workshops return due to popular demand

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Online Writing Workshops return due to popular demand

Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service is running a new series of online writing workshops, designed to facilitate creativity, connectivity and collaboration across the county. Acclaimed writers Declan Burke, Denyse Woods, Matthew Geden and Conor Power will offer those with an interest in poetry, fiction, crime-writing and travel-writing an introduction to the skills and techniques used in these genres.

Demand is expected to be high with the previous workshops offered in April doubled due to requests. Four workshops will begin on October 19th and run weekly until early December.

Criminal Intent is a 10-week series offered by novelist Declan Burke. Covering the crime-writing genre, the workshop includes a one-to-one tutorial with the novelist. Declan’s novels Eightball BoogieSlaughter’s Hound and Absolute Zero Cool have all been shortlisted for the crime fiction prize at the Irish Book awards.  Absolute Zero Cool won the Goldsboro Award for comic crime fiction. Declan is a former Dublin City of Literature writer-in-residence, and a frequent collaborator with the Irish Writers’ Centre. Declan’s current novel is The Lammisters.

Across 10 weeks, Denyse Woods will deliver Stories Unlocked, an exploration of narrative writing in fiction. Denyse is the author of six novels, including Of Sea and Sand (2018), Overnight to Innsbruck and The Catalpa Tree. She has been awarded Literature Bursaries by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council as well as writers’ residencies with the Shanghai Writers’ Association, the Centre Culture Irlandais in Paris and Zvona i Nari, in Liznjan, Croatia. Denyse was Writer in Residence with Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service in 2017 and 2019.  Her books have been translated into six languages.

The Real Thing is a ten-week poetry workshop. The poet running the course, Matthew Geden, has been living in Kinsale since 1990. His poems have appeared in numerous publications both at home and abroad including Something Beginning with P, Poets of the Millennium and The Backyards of Heaven. His most recent publication, Fruit, was published by Sur Vision Books in 2020. He is co-founder of the SoundEye International Poetry Festival.  Matthew is the current Writer-in-Residence for Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service.

Travel Writing with Conor Power gives aspiring writers a chance to live vicariously and look at how to create writing that describes, transfixes and delights. Over 10 weeks, Conor will help participants learn more about the craft of travel writing. With over a decade of experience writing for all the major Irish newspapers and magazines, as well as broadcasting, Conor Power is an experienced and multiple-award-winning travel writer based in the Southwest. In his Online Travel Writing Workshop, he shares his own personal story so far on being a travel writer. Learn the basics of how to approach a travel article, some of the secrets of the craft and trade, where travel writing stands today, how to pitch your ideas and how to improve your work.

Speaking about the workshops, Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Mary Linehan Foley noted how,

“The opportunity to identify a new skill has played a hugely important role in peoples lives over the past 8 months, providing comfort, consolation and a deep sense of collection for many. These workshops will enable participants to connect and foster the literary talent and enthusiasm that can be found throughout our county. This is a great prospect for everyone to partake in something really positive, beneficial and enjoyable.”

Chief Executive Officer of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, went on to say,

“Having seen the popularity for previous courses for the online writing collectives formed by our Arts Office, this was an obvious opportunity to build on the excellent work started during the Covid 19 pandemic. We are delighted to be able to facilitate these free online courses for the people of Cork County and we are proud to support literature and the Arts in our creative county. This kind of investment enriches communities countywide, supporting those who lay the foundation for our shared cultural prosperity.”

The courses are free, but places are limited. Applications are open only to people over 18, living in the Cork County Council administrative area. To apply please visit corkcoco.ie/en/arts/opportunities.


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