Writing Workshops

Waterford Libraries are delighted to work in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre and with funding from Creative Waterford to provide a series of creative writing courses for adults. All courses are free of charge but places must be booked in advance.

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All courses are open to people over 18 years old and resident in the Waterford City and County administrative area. Course places are limited.

To book your place:

Send an email to library@waterfordcouncil.ie with the following details:

  • The name of the course you are applying for.
  • Your home address within the Waterford City and County administrative area.
  • Your contact email address.
  • Your contact telephone number.

Please note: You must send a separate email for each course you wish to participate in.


Writing Workshops July – September 2023

First Draft to First Novel with William Ryan ** This Workshop is Full **
This one-day workshop is aimed at writers who have either completed their novel or are working on a first draft, as well as beginners who hope to turn a promising idea into something more. It will focus on plot, central and subsidiary characters, setting, research, flow and opening chapters.

Level: Beginners/Emerging
Date: Saturday 1st July
Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Duration: 1 day
Location: Online


Poetry for Beginners with Molly Twomey  ** This Workshop is Full **
A four-week generative poetry workshop that encourages participants to dive deep into their imaginations and to write with courage. We will work with writing prompts and have group discussions about contemporary poetry, exploring the poems of writers such as Seán Hewitt, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Ada Limón. We will develop our ability to close-read poetry, looking at aspects such as imagery, metaphor and language. At the end of the four weeks, participants will have exciting drafts of new poems they can develop and refine as well as a group of fellow writers and materials to draw inspiration from.

Level: Beginners/Emerging
Date: 22nd July
Time: 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Duration: 4 weeks on Saturdays
Location: Dungarvan Library


Writing for Social Change with Pragya Agarwal ** This Workshop is Full **
This course will be primarily for non-fiction writers, but also suitable for fiction writers who want to use social and political issues as a stepping-stone for storytelling. Writers will gain a better understanding of how to write about socio-political issues with nuance and sensitivity without it becoming necessarily polemic, how to do research for it, how to incorporate research into storytelling, and the different ways such narratives can be approached and structured.

Level: Beginners/Emerging
Date: 2nd August
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Duration: 4 weeks on Wednesdays
Location: Online


Beginners/Emerging Fiction with William Ryan ** This Workshop is Full **
This course provides the nuts and bolts of prose fiction, along with individual feedback on offer. There will be takeaway exercises to apply to your own writing outside of the group and also weekly writing deadlines in place (i.e. if your work is to be looked at by the course tutor and included in discussion at the beginning of the next session).

Level: Beginners/Emerging
Date: 15th August
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Duration: 4 weeks on Tuesdays
Location: Online


Filíocht (Poetry) le Róisín Sheehy
Sa chúrsa seo tabharfar leideanna cruthaitheacha do rann pháirtithe le peann a chur le páir. Raghfar i ngleic na céadfaí agus an samhlaíocht. Beidh gné de na ceardlann dírithe ar scéal miotaseolaíoch agus roinnt dánta comhaimseartha na Gaolainne. Beidh rannpháirtithe ag forbairt a saothar cruthaitheach agus ag foghlaim ceird na filíochta.

Leibhéal: Cúrsa do Thosaitheoirí
Dáta: 2 Meán Fómhair
Am: 10.30 r.n. – 12.30 i.n.
Fad: 4 Seachtaine ar an Satharn
Suíomh: An Leabharlann Lárnach


Short Story for Beginners with Ellen McCarthy ** This Workshop is Full **
This course offers an introduction to the art of short story writing. It will explore how we can generate ideas from our own environment. How important is the setting? Do we really write what we know? Through short writing exercises and using examples from writers in the short story genre, we will examine elements of the short story such as character, point of view and dialogue. We will study the structure of a story. When does the action start – how should it finish? By the end of the four weeks each participant will have completed their own short story.

Level: Beginners/Emerging
Date: 19th September
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Duration: 4 weeks on Tuesdays
Location: Ardkeen Library


Gearrscéal (Short Story) le Catherine Foley
Aistear trí shéipéal na cruthaíochta a bheidh anseo ina bhfoghlaimeoidh na rannpháirtithe conas forbairt a dhéanamh ar ghearrscéal. Pléifear an dearcadh cruthaitheach atá ag teastáil chun léargas a thabhairt don léitheoir ar ghnéithe éagsúla den saol. Scríobhfaidh na rannpháirtithe le linn na gceardlann seo agus léifear amach os ard torthaí a gcuid oibre.
Foghlaimeofar conas inspioráid a láimhseáil. Gheofar sainmhiniú ar conas scéal a chruthú, conas plota, carachtracht, comhrá agus stíl a fheabhsú agus a dhearadh. Déanfar iniúchadh ar cad is téama agus conas gur féidir úsáid a bhaint as na heilimintí phearsanta atá againn go léir agus chuige sin scrúdófar ábhar, struchtúr, téama agus guth an scríbhneora.

Leibhéal: Cúrsa do Thosaitheoirí
Dáta: 30 Meán Fómhair
Am: 10.30 r.n. – 12.30 i.n.
Fad: 4 Seachtaine ar an Satharn
Suíomh: Leabharlann Dhún Garbhán


 

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