Free workshops for Kilkenny writers

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office and Library Service are offering free writers’ workshops starting next week.

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office and Library Service are offering free writers’ workshops starting next week.

‘Writing for theatre’ with tutor Ken Bourke will begin on September 20 from 6-8pm in the Castlecomer Library and will run for six weeks. Participants will have an opportunity to develop their playwriting skills in a relaxed atmosphere. They will be encouraged to identify their writing objectives in terms of how, where, what and when they will write. Scripts will be explored in terms of story, character, structure, dialogue and theatre conventions. All levels of experience are welcome, although numbers will be limited to encourage full participation by all present.

‘There’s no place like home’, a course on creative prose with tutor Ken Bourke, will begin on September 22 from 6-8pm in the Loughboy Library and will run for six weeks. In developing their prose-writing skills in a relaxed atmosphere, participants will be encouraged to identify their writing objectives in terms of how, where, what and when they will write. The workshop will use the theme of “There’s no place like home” as a reference point, but where the participant goes from there is entirely up to them. All levels of experience are welcome.

‘Through the medium of poetry’ with tutor Michael Massey will begin on September 20 from 6-8pm in the Thomastown Library and will run for six weeks. This course aims to encourage, support and stimulate the participants in expressing their thoughts, feelings and observations through the medium of poetry. The course will create a place for participants to feel safe and comfortable reading and sharing their writing with like-minded people and also introduce them to the writings of a wide range of established modern poets.

For all courses, the deadline for bookings is September 19. Participants are expected to sign up and commit to the six weeks of their chosen course.

Places are limited to 12 participants per course , and the workshops are open to Kilkenny writers only. To secure a place on one of the courses, contact the Arts Office on 056 7794138.