We’re delighted to announce that we are running the following workshops Saturday/Sunday 28/29th September. All workshops cost €10 and will take place in St. Cronan’s National School, Vevay Crescent (off Main Street), Bray.

To book, please contact Breda: blfwkshops@gmail.com 

*Workshops with  fewer than 5 participants may have to be cancelled – so please book the workshop of your choice now!* 

Also if you would like to attend a workshop, but don’t know what to do with the kids, sign them up for the Fighting Words workshop – same time, same venue. Details below!

Fighting Words Story Writing Workshop at Bray Literary festival
When?: Saturday 28th September 2019 10.00 to 12.00
Where?: St. Cronan’s NBS, Vevay Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Who can go?: The workshop is open to young people between the ages of 7 and 11
Fighting Words invites young people from the ages of 7 up to 11 to join us for a fun and imaginative workshop creating characters and writing a story together. Then, you can write your own ending, draw some pictures and at the end of the workshop take your story home to show all your family and friends!
Click here to register your child on the workshop. Please be advised that places are limited!  https://www.fightingwords.ie/news/story-writing-workshop-bray-literary-festival

Adult Workshops

Saturday 28th 10.00-12.00

A Sense of Place with Maire T. Robinson
Writing for the Stage with David Butler
Memoir with Csilla Toldy
Writers’ Coaching Clinic with Anne Tannam

Sunday 29th 10.00-12.00

Poetry with Angela Carr
Advanced Fiction with Patricia O’ Reilly
Crime Writing with Louise Phillips

Workshop descriptions:

photocolour_máireA Sense of Place – with Maire T. Robinson

“Place” in fiction is not only about setting. It can inform every element of story: plot, character, mood, theme, and voice. A strong sense of place can provide a vivid, engaging, and atmospheric experience for the reader.

In this workshop, we will examine how established writers (including Daphne du Maurier, Elif Shafak, and Sarah Waters) use setting to bring fiction to life. Through guided writing exercises, we will explore practical techniques to hone descriptive writing and create convincing story worlds. Topics covered will include engaging the senses, point of view, and reflecting mood and character through setting. All materials will be provided on the day. Participants will also receive a curated reading and resource list to assist them in further developing their fiction post-workshop.

Máire T. Robinson is the author of two books: short story collection Your Mixtape Unravels my Heart (Doire Press, 2013) and novel Skin, Paper, Stone (New Island, 2015). In 2017, she received an Arts Council of Ireland bursary towards the completion of her second novel.

David ButlerWrite for the Stage! – with David Butler

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’s novel City of Dis was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. His second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, was published in 2017 by Doire Press, while Arlen House is to bring out his second short story collection in 2019. Literary prizes include the Maria Edgeworth, ITT/Red Line and Fish Award for the short story, the Scottish Community Drama, Cork Arts Theatre and British Theatre Challenge awards for drama, and the Féile Filíochta, Ted McNulty, and Baileborough awards for poetry.

Csilla picMemoir workshop – with Csilla Toldy (Sponsored by the Open University)

Everybody has a story to tell – the question is how can you make it more accessible and engaging for your readership.
In this workshop we will explore the universal themes that can glue a memoir together. We will look at where to begin and what forms your memoir could take. Writing exercises will set you off on a journey of memory and self-discovery.

Csilla Toldy is a lecturer of creative writing with the Open University. Her short fiction, essays and poetry appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Ireland, the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Her awards include the Katapult Prize, and the Hartley-Merrill Prize. She was long and short listed for: The Bath Novel Award, Fish, Bridport, Oxford Brookes and for the Kingston University Biography Prize. Lapwing Publications Belfast published two books of her poetry and an anthology of short fiction, poetry and memoir with the title “The Emigrant Woman’s Tale”. A short story collection, “Coming Home” is forthcoming with Stupor Mundi Publications in 2019.

Anne Tannam123Writers’ Coaching Clinic – with Anne Tannam

Join poet and Creative Coach Anne Tannam for a 30-minute one-to-one session offering professional guidance in your writing life. The purpose of this clinic is to support writers to begin or sustain a flourishing writing practice. Some of the issues or challenges writers typically come with are:
  • I want to start writing but don’t know how to begin
  • I’m struggling to find time to write
  • I’ve hit a writer’s block and don’t know how to move through it
  • How do I know if I’m a good enough writer?
  • How do I go about submitting my work for publication?
  • How do I pull together a collection of poetry/short stories?
  • How can I take myself seriously as a writer?

Attendees are asked to book early as there are only 4 X 30-minute slots available.

Anne Tannam is a poet and Creative Coach from Dublin. Her first collection of poetry Take This Life was published in 2011 by WordOnTheStreet, while her second collection Tides Shifting Across my Sitting Room Floor was published by Salmon poetry on 2017. Anne is co-founder of the weekly Dublin Writers’ Forum and has been the featured reader at literary events across Ireland. A qualified Life Coach since 2009, Anne became an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation in 2019.

For more information see: https://www.creativecoaching.ie/about/

Patricia O' ReillyAdvanced Fiction – with Patricia O’Reilly

Writing Fiction requires a blend of creativity and learned skills. During this workshop we’ll look into methods of improving and developing the foundations of fiction – optimizing plot (storyline); scene development; building on detail; creating page-turning characters; using optimum locations and pinpointing era. We’ll look into perfecting point of entry; building on detail; the power of the
senses; the values of narrative versus dialogue.

Patricia O’Reilly has come the route of freelance print journalism, radio
documentaries and plays, fiction and non-fiction books. Currently she teaches
the writing of fiction in UCD, the Irish Writers Centre and at various literary
festivals. She has written 13 books. Her new book The First Rose of Tralee is
about Mary O’Connor (182?-1845) the inspiration for the annual Rose of Tralee
International Festival.

Angela-T-Carr_Headshot_2017__616Poetry: So You Think Your Poem is Ready to Publish? – with Angela T. Carr
A Guide to Submitting to Journals & Competitions

How do you know when a poem is ready to go out into the world? Join poet Angela T. Carr for a morning exploring the editing and submission process, including what editors and competition judges are looking for; essential qualities to make your poems sing, and a checklist of practical steps to hit the mark when your poems land in an editor or judge’s inbox.
Suitable for emerging writers sending work to journals and/or competitions, who want to improve their success rate. Each writer will have the opportunity to submit a poem beforehand and will receive group feedback during the session.

Angela T. Carr is a poet, editor and creative writing facilitator. Winner of the 2018 Laureate’s Prize, selected by Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy, her work has been placed or shortlisted in over 35 national and international literary competitions and published in literary journals and anthologies in Ireland, UK, Australia and US. Originally from Glasgow, she lives in Dublin.

Louise PhillipsCrime Fiction – with Louise Phillips

Learn the secrets of successful crime fiction with Louise Phillips, bestselling author of four critically acclaimed crime novels, and winner of numerous awards, including an Irish Book Award. Participants will receive in-depth analysis of all aspects of great crime fiction, including the creation of memorable characters, planning, pace, dialogue, and narration.

LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL’S HOUSE, were published in the US. Her current novel, THE HIDING GAME, received an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland.

An experienced facilitator of workshops for crime fiction, many of Louise’s students have successfully secured agents and publishing deals both at home and abroad.