Creative Writing Weekend Workshop


Creative Writing Workshop

Award winning author John Maher hosts a Creative Writing Weekend Workshop on the 4th-6th November 2011 on the beautiful grounds of Kilkenny Country Retreat, an exclusive venue nestled in the countryside near the village of Inistioge, South County Kilkenny.

The Workshop will cover the following topics:

Novel writing from beginning to end.

Initial inspiration/concept and such matters as ‘genre’, ‘literary novels’ and the ‘writer-reader contract’.

Mechanics of writing such as plot, characterization, conflict, dialogue and ‘tone’.

Extracts from published novels and stories will be looked at.

Exercises will be given (e.g. scene setting, dialogue to develop character/plot).

Students who already have an idea/work-in-progress may bring this along to class for discussion.

John Maher was born in Dublin in 1954. He has published two novels, Miss Katie Regrets (2006), under the pen name Jack Barry and The Luck Penny (2007), shortlisted for debut novel on BBC Radio Five. He has also published a collection of short stories, The Coast of Malabar. His stories have been broadcast on R.T.E. and B.B.C. and he has broadcast a number of radio plays.

He has won the Francis McManus Short Story Award (R.T.E), the P.J. O'Connor Radio Play Award (R.T.E) and the Arts Council of Ireland's largest literary award, the Lar Cassidy Award. He has been awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary in Literature (2009) to work on his next novel. He has taken up residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the McDowell Colony, New Hampshire and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, California.


€450 per person (residential)

€320 per person (non residential)

This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your writing skills and enjoy a relaxing weekend in the beatiful Kilkenny countryside.

Click here to find out more on the Workshop and the location near Inistioge, Kilkenny Country Retreat.  

We are looking forward to welcome you.

All the best,

Carla Naltchayan

Phone: 087 615 24 89

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