Listowel Writing Workshops for spring 2010 will take place at the SeanchaÃ Literary Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry.
WRITING FOR THEATRE: 10 – 11 April with Billy Roche.
This workshop will deal with beginnings and endings and the bits in-between, along with the rules of the road regarding writing for the stage. Participants may send in their work beforehand for assessment and discussion.
SHORT FICTION: 17 – 18 April with Leo Cullen
How does the writer of fiction accomplish success? â€“ By presenting the work in such a way that the reader can see, hear, taste, smell, touch it. The reader must be engaged and stimulated through his/her senses. With this in mind, the workshop will incorporate:
1. Characterization: We will develop character by showing how the character acts in given situations. We will get to know the character. We will present him/her in such a way that the reader can see, hear, taste, smell, touch him/her.
2. Setting (or) Atmosphere: We will show the setting in which the character acts out his/her situation. We will present the setting (or atmosphere) in such a way that the reader can see, hear, taste, smell, touch it.
3. Plot (or) Conflict: We will show the conflict. Where characters interact with one another and with the setting we have conflict/plot. We will present the conflict in such a way that the reader can â€“ yes, youâ€™ve guessed – see, hear, taste, smell, touch it!
The emphasis will be on group participation; writers will read their own course work and then the class will discuss. On completion of the course, writers will have brought greater energy and tension into their work.
WRITING POETRY: 24 – 25 April with Paul Perry
This workshop will focus on the creation of new work through the use of writing exercises and assignments in poetry. Mornings in particular will be devoted to the writing of new work with directed assignments. During the afternoon session we will workshop the new work with constructive criticism. Workshop participants will also have a chance during the two days for individual one-on-one sessions with Paul to discuss their work, its strength and weaknesses, and strategies for improving their work. Participants may bring some examples of work-in-progress for critique, but the main focus of the two days will be the making of new work while in Listowel. The workshop will aim to create a supportive environment while investigating and developing the notion of a â€˜voiceâ€™ for each author. We will also discuss the practicalities of publishing and appropriate ways participants can submit work for publication. The workshop is open to new or experienced writers who want to develop their craft.
As part of the 2010 Spring Workshops Programme all three writers will give a reading from their works on each Saturday evening of the workshop at 8 pm in the SeanchaÃ Centre. Admission is free for workshop participants, and â‚¬5.00 for the general public.
Fee Per Workshop : â‚¬130.00
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