The Write Time: A Celebration of Creativity & Writing in Fingal

I’m delighted to be taking part in the wonderful Write Time Festival run by Fingal County Council. Join me in Blanchardstown Library (15th September) or in Malahide Library (22nd September).

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In China flash fiction stories are called ‘smoke-long’ stories. They promise
“to let the reader relish the sights and sounds of an entire make-believe
world before he or she has time to finish one delicious cigarette”.
(Shouhua Qi)

This two-hour workshop on flash fiction is for writers at all stages of their
writing career – from beginner to published author. In this workshop, Shauna
Gilligan invites you to examine the craft of flash fiction, or short-short fiction, or
‘smoke-long’ fiction focusing on plotting and planning as a way into the creative
process by firstly reading from examples, and then using these pieces as a
basis for your own writing”.

Many writers and artists are participating in The Write Time the best thing – for library users! – is that the workshops are free. Read the Write Time brochure here and book yourself in!

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Bloomsday 2018 – Creative Writing Workshop

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I’m delighted to be delivering a workshop in Lucan Library as part of their Bloomsday Celebrations and Summer Programme. I’m looking forward to having fun creating characters and working in groups, pairs, as well as writing individually.

If you haven’t planned anything for Bloomsday 2018, check out the Bloomsday Festival for an array of wonderful events which celebrate the characters, story and action of Ulysses, James Joyce’s novel which takes place on June 16th, 1904.

To get you in the mood, and as a change from Ulysses, here’ s the opening of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  – I love the humour and play with words, the blunt description of the characters that gets the reader right inside the narrator’s view point….

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo….

His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.

Happy Bloomsday!

Creative Writing Workshops in Tallaght County Library

I’m delighted, once again, to be running Creative Writing Workshops in the beautiful public library in Tallaght.

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Starting on Wednesday 24th January 2018, my 7-Week course will give you a chance to explore your creative story-telling in a relaxed and fun environment.
Topics covered include
•       short story writing (structure, character and story, dialogue, setting)
•       non-fiction (researching topics and themes)
•       poetry (inspiration, rhythm and layout)
•       the writing life (tricks of the trade to keep writing, the publishing industry)

It’s a free course, so why not register to join me every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 8pm. I’d love to work with you!

With thanks to South Dublin Libraries for facilitating the running of this course.