*Workshop info for 2019 will be updated by end of April. Please check back!*


We have a range of writing workshops on offer including Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Memoir. All of our facilitators have vast experience in their field and will, as working writers, provide you with valuable insights and tips. Each workshop costs only €10. Please contact the braylitfest@gmail.com to reserve a place on the class of your choice! But don’t wait too long as placed are limited. 🙂 

All workshops will take place from 10.30am-12.00pm in St Cronan’s Boys National School, Vevay Crescent, just off the Vevay Road in Bray.

WORKSHOP INFO: Saturday 29th September 2018:


Drama is the most challenging of all genres. In this workshop we’ll examine: how and where to begin; creating character; dramatic dialogue; power-relationships; and managing tension.

David Butler

David Butler is a full-time author whose plays have been winners of the Cork Arts Theatre Award, the Scottish Community Drama Award, the Bray One-Act Festival and British Theatre Challenge, a radio play was broadcast on RTE Radio One and was shortlisted for a ZeBBie Award.




How do you tell a story?
If you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know where to start, or if you’re returning to writing after some time away this beginner’s workshop is for you. Justine Carbery will help to trigger your imagination through practical, creative and fun exercises.

Justine Carbery

Justine teaches Creative Writing at UCD and is a widely published short-story writer and journalist with the Sunday Independent, The Gloss and Image. She is the Editor-in-chief of the HCE Review, a prestigious online literary and arts journal.



Join Poetry NI’s Geraldine O’Kane and Colin Dardis for a poetry workshop designed to encourage and celebrate creativity. This workshop will provide the opportunity to experiment with writing in a supportive and constructive atmosphere, and is suitable for those already writing, or those who have a desire to write. Together, we will explore ideas and themes to draft and take home, as well as tips for honing your craft and creative process.

Colin Dardis (1)Geraldine O’Kane is a poet, creative writing facilitator and mental health advocate. She co-runs Poetry NI, which includes editing Panning for Poems, a micro-poetry journal, and co-hosting Purely Poetry, a monthly open mic night run at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Her debut collection of poetry will be published by Salmon Poetry in June 2020.

Colin Dardis is a poet, editor and arts coordinator from Northern Ireland. His work has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and the US. the x of y, his debut full-length collection, was released in May ’18 from Eyewear Publishing. Colin co-runs Poetry NI and is the online editor for Lagan Online. 


WORKSHOP INFO: Sunday 30th September 2018:


Stories are favoured by beginning writers as shorter and therefore, it is presumed, easier than longer fiction. However, to write a good short story can be as difficult as composing a good poem, requiring focus, concentration and clarity. Short stories have been compared to impressionist paintings, the capture of a moment, a glimpse into a life or situation. But the range is as wide as the imagination of the writer. And while publishers have often been reluctant to publish short story collections, this is changing, with many excellent writers embracing a form so suited to the rush of modern life. In this workshop, participants will examine what makes a good story and attempt some flash fiction of their own.

Susan Knight

Susan Knight is a prize-winning short story writer and novelist. For many years she has taught Creative Writing at the People’s College, and in the past has taught at UCD’s Adult Education Department and at the Irish Writers’ Centre.



Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances Carolann’s Writing and Wellbeing workshop has been cancelled. But please do check out her other workshops at: http://www.carouselcreates.wordpress.com