Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Patrick Kavanagh Writers' Weekend

Annual Writers' Weekend 2009
When: Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd August 2009

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the venue for this weekend of creative writing workshops in which acclaimed poet and author, Catherine Phil MacCarthy will direct participants. 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.

Finding a Voice
This workshop 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. The sessions introduce some ‘ways in’ to writing that stir both memory and the imagination. The overall focus of the workshop is on finding a voice, and tuning in to tone, imagery, and structure in their own work. In addition, participants are invited to pay close attention to the craft of the short story and the handling of narrative, character and of time. By the end of the weekend participants will have a chance to explore narrative voice and its diversity of style in contemporary prose and poetry.

Workshop Director:
Catherine Phil MacCarthy’s collections include How High the Moon (Poetry Ireland, Sense of Place Award, 1991, a joint book), This Hour of the Tide (1994), the blue globe (1998), Suntrap (2007), and a first novel, One Room an Everywhere (2003). She was awarded a bursary in poetry from the Arts Council, in 1994, 1999 and 2007/8. Writer in Residence for Dublin City, (1994), University College Dublin (2002), she works freelance as a Creative Writing tutor. She is a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review.

Saturday, 1st August
10.00am Workshop 1
12.30pm Lunch
2.00pm - 5.00pm Workshop 2

Sunday, 2nd August
11.00am Workshop 3
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Depart Inniskeen

Course Fee €100
The price includes all tuition, lunch and refreshments.
Accommodation can be arranged in local quality B & B's. A separate charge will apply.

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