Workshops 


19TH, 20TH & 21ST AUGUST
THE HEDGE SCHOOL
VENUE: PRESTON HOUSE
3 MORNINGS 9.30A.M. - 12.30P.M.
WITH JOHN MACKENNA & ANGELA KEOGH
***Limited to 12 places***

The Hedge School Creative Writing Workshops - Bringing your story to life.
These workshops are intended for those working on or hoping to work on novels, short stories, memoir. The workshops may also be of interest to people working on theatre pieces.
Please bring writing materials.


Morning 1 : Finding a story : Looking at the places in which we find stories to tell; creating credible characters; using your voice. Facilitator Angela Keogh


Morning 2 : Telling a story: Examining the structure of a story through the creation of plot, dialogue and the arc of the narrative. Facilitator John MacKenna


Morning 3 : Getting the story to an audience: We'll look at editing; finding an agent/publisher; self-publication and reading for an audience.

Tickets €150.00 (inc. booking fee)

(No single day tickets)




SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST
ON PAGE FOR STAGE
PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP
WITH FRANCES HARNEY
9:30 A.M. - 12.30P.M.
VENUE: Mac's Abbelyleix

Playwright Frances Harney will guide you through the various elements required to produce a written piece for on stage performance. The workshop will cover all areas including:

-building on an initial idea
-creating an outline of the plot
-establishing a context/setting/time
-choosing a genre
-considering a theme
-character development/analysis
-working on dialogue and tone
-deciding on structure
-making directional notes
-editing/redrafting/revising
-proof-reading/formatting
-questions and answers.

Tickets €50 (inc. booking fee)
Places limited


SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST
POETRY WORKSHOP
WITH ARTHUR BROOMFIELD
9:30 A.M. - 12.30P.M.  
VENUE: Mac's Abbeyleix

A note from Arthur:
I look forward to meeting you at my workshop. I would like it to be fun, relaxed and informal. Of course we will get serious too in our discussions on the art, and the craft of poetry writing. What is this thing called inspiration, from where or when does it originate ? How do you recognize it when it hits you ? Then to translate inspiration to language : this we can loosely call the craft of writing, though it will also interact with ,and draw from the inspiration that started the process.
The craft of writing poetry
We will discuss use, choice and mis- or overuse of language, economy of language., creating the concrete image, setting the poem in the moment , form and content, rhyme and rhythm and whatever else may arise in discussion.
We will hope to work on some aspects of the actual writing of a poem .
The workshop will last for three hours. Will each member bring two copies of one of their poems as we will hope to look over and chat on them during the last hour. I would like to see your poem beforehand so will you also email me a copy ? (broomfield.arthur@gmail.com) It need not be a finished poem, work in progress will be fine.   I look forward to seeing you and having a workshop you will enjoy..
Arthur Broomfield

Tickets €50 (inc. booking fee)
Places limited


saturday 20th august
WRITING WORKSHOP 
FOR TEENS
WITH DAVE LORDAN
2.00 P.M. - 5.00 P.M.
VENUE:TBC
Join Dave Lordan, poet and expert educator, for a fun and insightful introduction to the basic methods of creative writing (designed especially for teens aged 12-15)

Tickets €25.00 inc booking fee

SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST 

fighting words
CREATIVE WRITING FOR CHILDREN
3.00 P.M. - (runs 90mins approx)
VENUE: HERITAGE HOUSE, ABBEYLEIX 

The Workshop Structure:

We ask you to arrive about 10 minutes before the start time. We will bring the group into the venue and ask them to leave their bags and coats in the space designated and give them name tags. We will then head into the workshop space. Once the group are all sitting at their space, we will begin the workshop.

 We start by working all together as one group, building up a story together. The group story document will be displayed on a projector screen and one of our mentors will type up thoughts and suggestions that the group have, guided by our facilitator. Another of our volunteers will complete illustrations to accompany the class story. 

After the first hour, we will allow time for a short break for a snack, fresh air and movement. 

Having worked as a group for the first half we will invite the children to begin individual writing, sitting at tables, supported closely by our volunteer mentor team. We will allow approximately 30 minutes for this part and then invite anyone who wishes to share what they have created to do so.

 At the end of the workshop, we will show the children their completed story and the Illustrator’s pictures and say goodbye to our newly published authors and remind them to check the Fighting Words website, as the participants will be able to see their story published online.

Suitable for 9-12 year olds


SUNDAY 21st AUGUST
EMBODIED CREATIVITY
WITH DAVID DELANEY
10.00 A.M. - 12.00 P.M.  
VENUE: HERITAGE HOUSE, ABBEYLEIX

In this workshop, embodiment coach David Delaney will explore a whole body approach to the creative process, helping you to create your own embodied toolkit for your work.
If you struggle with creative anxiety, procrastination, imposter syndrome, overwhelm or you're just looking to approach your work in new and creative ways, this workshop is for you.
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