@ The Molly Keane House - WRITERS' RETREATS, READINGS, WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES

Supported by Waterford City and County Arts Office, our not for profit educational and process-based workshops and retreats are facilitated by highly accomplished, serious writers, poets, editors and authors focused on the nature of the creative process and the writing craft, supporting beginning and emerging writers to bring their writing to the high level needed for publication and professional readings. As well as working with professional writers on their creative process at every stage.  With our former writer in residence, Lani O' Hanlon, past facilitators including, Louis de Paor, Thomas McCarthy, Grace Wells, Nuala O' Connor, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Paula Meehan and Don Share. We are delighted to have Alison Driscoll continue on as Writer in Residence for 2021.

 


Creative Space and The Architecture of Poetry : Two part workshop with Alison Driscoll

 Two-part Workshop with Alison Driscoll, Writer in Residence delivered on Zoom. 10-4.30 May 23rd and June 13th.

Creative Space

When you show up to write today where are you both mentally and physically? This year has been tough for everyone between lockdowns and cocooning and missing out on life’s events big and small. But there has been a welcome change of pace, a time for reflection and whether we like it or not more time at home.

With this in mind this workshop will look at our space – how much space have you in life to write, how much space do you want/need, what is your writing space and what does it lack? Participants will be asked to explore their physical creative space (where they are joining us from today – an office, a desk in a bedroom, a coffee shop) and their mental creative space that can become clogged with distractions, doubt and writer’s block.

Participants are invited to send work in advance on any theme for a workshop session in the afternoon. I believe the best lessons come out of these workshop sessions and hope you will all benefit from sharing your work with a group of readers and editors. A maximum of 2 poems are required one week in advance. If you don’t have work, don’t worry, I hope something will spark in you during our morning discussions and lead to the production of some work.

The Architecture of Poetry

This workshop will look at the structure of poetry in its usual way but also anew against the backdrop of architecture. We will unpack different building structures and aim to replicate them on the page. Images of buildings will be circulated and participants will have the opportunity to discover and write ekphrastic poetry.

We will look at the building blocks of a poem, the foundations of one and then all the finishing touches, such as metaphor, line, metre etc. We will challenge ourselves to write sonnets, villanelles, pantoums and haikus. We will conform to the rules of these strict structures and then work to undermine them and give them a contemporary edge – borrowing from tradition but designing something fresh. There will be time in the afternoon to workshop participants’ work which will need to be submitted one week in advance.

These sessions will be facilitated on Zoom due to the Covid19 situation and the number of participants is limited. Molly Keane Writer’s Retreat reserves the right not to run the session if basic numbers are not met.

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council is offering some bursary support if you live within their administrative area. Selection will be made by ballot those who are fully subscribed by 19th May. The sessions will be open from 9.45am for a 10.00am start. They will end at 4.30pm.

There will be a morning break and lunch. There will be time for workshopping and plenty of discussion throughout each day. Booking is essential through mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com The fee is €112 to attend both.

 

Alison Driscoll has a BA English and MA Creative Writing from UCC where she received the title of College Scholar. Alison's work has featured in Quarryman, on Poethead, Headstuff and in Bealtaine. Alison works with various festivals including the Amergin Poetry Solstice Gathering and Cork World Book Fest. She has editorial experience as previous Editor of Quarryman. She is the current Writer in Residence at the Molly Keane House.

Alison Driscoll - Writer in Residence


Thanks for the Dance - The Life and Work of Leonard Cohen - with John MacKenna

John MacKenna will facillitate this virtual Zoom workshop in two sessions taking place on March 13th and 14th from 10-1pm each day.

The course fee is €75 and this is to attend both sessions.

In this series of workshops, John MacKenna will explore the songs, poetry and prose of the Canadian writer Leonard Cohen, one of the iconic figures of twentieth-century music.

The workshops will deal with the themes of love, sex, intimacy, loss and mortality in Cohen's work and look at his life and place in the worlds of literature and music.

A friend of Cohen's for thirty-five years, MacKenna wrote the sleeves notes for the Live in Dublin album/dvd and collaborated with Leonard Cohen on Between Your Love and Mine, a Mass for theatre, in 2016, shortly before the poet's death.

 

Please fill out and return the booking form which is available here.

 

JOHN MACKENNA is the author of twenty-one books – novels, short-story collections, memoir, poetry and biography – and a number of radio and stage plays. He is a winner of The Irish Times, Hennessy and Cecil Day-Lewis Awards. He is also a winner of a Jacobs Radio award for his documentary series on Leonard Cohen with whom he worked on the 2016 Mass for theatre, Between Your Love and Mine. He was invited by Leonard to write the sleeve notes for the Live in Dublin CD/DVD. He teaches Creative Writing at Maynooth University and at The Hedge School on the Moone.


Workshop with Molly Twomey : Being Alive BOOKED OUT Cancellation list in operation.

This workshop will be delivered over Zoom. It will consist of two sessions on Feb 27th and March 27th 10-1pm. The fee is €65 and this is to attend both. 

 

Workshop no. 1 will be focused on the myth of Proserpina and Ceres (or Persephone and Demeter). Participants will receive an email in advance of the workshop with a synopsis of the myth, a prompt, and poems such as ‘The Cord,’ by Leanne O’Sullivan, ‘Visiting Persephone,’ by Phillip Gross, ‘The Pomegranate,’ by Eavan Boland, ‘Persephone Falling,’ by Rita Dove, ‘Persephone Suffering from SAD,’ by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and ‘Demeter,’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

Participants will be asked to submit poems at least five days prior to the workshop so that I can compile them into a single file and return them to be read before the workshop. Participants should not feel pressure to follow this prompt and can submit an alternative poem.

Workshop Agenda: 15-minute introduction. 30-minute discussion of the myth and corresponding poems. 2-hour workshop of the participants’ poems. (5- 10-minute break after 90 minutes.)

 

Workshop no. 2 will be focused on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Participants will receive an email with a synopsis of the story, a prompt, and poems such as, ‘The New Noah,’ by Adonis, ‘Letter to Noah’s Wife,’ by Maya C. Popa, ‘It was the Animals,’ by Natalie Diaz, ‘Mrs Noah: Taken after the Flood,’ by Jo Shapcott, and Anne Sexton’s ‘Venus and the Ark.’

As in workshop no. 1, participants will be asked to submit poems at least five days prior to the workshop so that I can compile them into a single file and return them to be read before the workshop. Likewise, participants should not feel pressure to follow this prompt and can submit an alternative poem.

Workshop Agenda: 15-minute greeting and meditation. 30-minute discussion of the myth and corresponding poems. 2-hour workshop of the participants’ poems. (5- 10-minute break after 90 minutes.)

Please fill out and return the booking form availble here

 

Molly Twomey holds a BA in English Literature and MA in Creative Writing from University College Cork where she received the title of College Scholar. She has been published in Poetry Ireland, Banshee, the Irish Times, Crannóg, The Stinging Fly, and elsewhere. In 2019, she won the Padraic Colum Poetry Prize, was runner-up in The Waterford Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for Over the Edge's New Writer of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019, respectively. In 2020, she won the Waterford Poetry Prize and was featured on RTÉ's Arena. The same year, Ó Bhéal published her chapbook Spoken Worlds: Southern Syllables. She was selected for Words Ireland's National Mentoring Programme 2020 and is currently under the guidance of Grace Wells.

 

 


A Sensual Life with Lani O'Hanlon

 

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with

the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore and the Keep Well Campaign presents

A SENSUAL LIFE

With Lani O’ Hanlon, writer, poet and movement therapist

Creative writing for health and well-being on every level, for those of you who would like to begin or have already set out on your writing journey.

Over five weeks we will explore memories of people, place, things and the natural world through the body and the senses, creating memoir, poetry and stories gently and effortlessly, using a combination of body-focused meditation and writing prompts.

We will share our writing giving gentle feedback and encouragement.

This five-week course, two hours weekly (with breaks) on Zoom begins on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 and for the four subsequent Tuesdays to a total of five sessions. Time to be confirmed but please indicate if you would prefer a daytime or evening session.

We are offering FREE places to people based within Waterford City and County Council’s administrative area. As places are limited, your expression of interest will form the basis for selection. No correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions. If there is capacity with places, people from outside the county can apply for a place and the fee is €175.

A commitment to attend each session is necessary for the groups’ well-being supported by the facilitator. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS COURSE UNLESS YOU CAN FULLY COMMIT TO IT.

Expressions of interest must be submitted to morgan@waterfordcouncil.ie on or before Monday 8th March 2021 at noon.

Making a submission indicates that you give permission to share your contact details with the facilitator for the purposes of contacting you for the online sessions.

 

Author of Dancing the Rainbow Holistic Well-Being through Movement and The Little Theatre poetry chapbook, Lani O' Hanlon is an experienced group facilitator, writer and movement artist/therapist working in Arts and Health with WHAT and with Grace Wells and Waterford City and County Arts Office developing Inspirational writing workshops in the Landscape and The Sacred Wild and The Molly Keane Writers Retreats. She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and her work has been published widely in various literary magazines and anthologies; including Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Mslexia, Orbis, Southword, Vanguard and the anthologies Pandemia from the Munster Literature Centre, and Staying Human, Bloodaxe. Her writing is broadcast regularly on RTE's Sunday Miscellany and she was one of Poetry Ireland’s Introductory poets in 2020. Her writing has won or been highly commended for a number of awards including; The Hennessey New Irish Writing, The Bridport Prize, Poetry on the Lake, The Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair and with Film Director Fiona Aryan's Virginia gave me Roses which won the 2019 International IndieCork / Ó Bhéal prize for best Poetry-Film and was featured in the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin in 2020.

Past Workshops 2020 


Creative Space with our new writer in residence Alison Driscoll

Creative Space

Workshop with Alison Driscoll, Writer in Residence.

October 31st on Zoom 10-4.30.

When you show up to write today where are you both mentally and physically? This year has been tough for everyone between lockdowns and cocooning and missing out on life’s events big and small. But there has been a welcome change of pace, a time for reflection and whether we like it or not more time at home.

With this in mind this workshop will look at our space – how much space have you in life to write, how much space do you want/need, what is your writing space and what does it lack? Participants will be asked to explore their physical creative space (where they are joining us from today – an office, a desk in a bedroom, a coffee shop) and their mental creative space that can become clogged with distractions, doubt and writer’s block.

I invite participants to send some work in advance on any theme for a workshop session in the afternoon. I believe the best lessons come out of these workshop sessions and hope you will all benefit from sharing your work with a group of readers and editors. Up to 1000 words of fiction or 2 poems are required in advance by October 18th. If you don’t have work, don’t worry, I hope something will spark in you during our morning discussions and lead to the production of some work.

 

This session will be facilitated on Zoom due to the Covid19 situation and is limited to 10 participants. The session will be open from 9.45am for a 10.00am start. It will end at 4.30pm. There will be a morning break and lunch. There will time for workshopping and plenty of discussion throughout the day. Booking is essential through mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com The fee is €60.00.

 

Alison is an emerging writer from Cork. Her work has appeared online and in print. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from UCC. 


Through Zoom: An Evening Reading with Carlo Gébler and an Evening Workshop August 22nd and 23rd

On Sat 22 Aug. 2020 Reading by Carlo Gebler from Aesop’s Fables, The Cruelty of the Gods, Tales We Tell Ourselves, A Selection from the Decameron (publication date, October 2020) and The Late King of Thebes (the life of Oedipus as told by his first biographer, his daughter, Antigone) (publication autumn 2021). This talk is at 8pm and will be delivered through Zoom only.

On Sunday 23 Aug. 2020 Writing Workshop with Carlo Geber How to make use of the literature of the ancients. Aesop’s Fables, Tales We Tell Ourselves and The Late King of Thebes all have their roots in already existing texts - Aesop’s Fables in Aesop’s Fables, Tales We Tell Ourselves in Boccccio’s Decameron and The Late King of Thebes in Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex. In this talk Carlo Gébler will talk about making literature out of literature. This event will take place at 7.30pm and will be delivered through Zoom only. 

Carlo GéblerCarlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954 and lives outside Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. His most recent publications (all from New Island) include The Wing Orderly’s Tales, a collection of stories told by a prison orderly, The Projectionist, the Story of Ernest Gébler, a biography of his father, The Innocent of Falkland Road, a novel set in London in the 1960s, and Aesop’s Fables, the Cruelty of the Gods (a collaboration with the artist Gavin Weston) and (published by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Folk Tales of Fermanagh (a collaboration with the Irish language writer Seamas McCanny), a collection of folk tales based on material from County Fermanagh lodged in the National Folklore Commission. He is currently working on a biography of Oedipus as written by the Theban king’s daughter, Antigone. Carlo Gébler has been a prison teacher since 1991: currently he work in Hydebank College (formerly Hydebank Young Offenders’ Centre) where he helps to run ’The Saturday Club’ which is for young offenders and female prisoners, and in HMP Maghaberry where he works with prisoners serving long sentences. He also teaches at Trinity and the American College, Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana.

Booking and Enquiries mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com

Evening Reading €15

Workshop €50

 

Due to the ever changing Covid-19 situation and in response to new restrictions Carlo will be facilliating these sessions through Zoom.

Author photograph by Euan Gébler


With Lani O' Hanlon STORIES IN THE SAND August 21st - 23rd

STORIES IN THE SAND

 

I look up… and discover the sea

exactly the same blue I used to paint it

with my watercolours as a child.

Jack Gilbert

Lani will be taking this popular August writing retreat outside, deepening our connection with the land and our bodies through a combination of somatic meditation and centring in nature, followed by embodied creative writing through the senses to create new writing in a gentle and effortless way, with some practical guidance on structure and craft.

This nurturing retreat will take place over three mornings beginning in the garden of The Molly Keane House and then moving outwards into the landscape in and around the seaside village of Ardmore and is suitable for emerging and more experienced writers.

There is also an opportunity for a fifty minute one-to-one consultation on your work with Lani on Zoom in the afternoons, Skype or on the phone.

All participants need to take responsibility for their own health and safety in respect of their ability to go walking and writing in the landscape and adhere to social distancing and national health guidelines. Please come prepared with rain gear, suitable footwear, a waterproof bag for notebook and pen, water and snacks.

We will begin as usual with coffee, tea and scones in the garden of The Molly Keane House at 9.30am and finish at 1.00 pm. Fee: €200.00 Places limited. Booking contact Alison mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com

There will be a limited number of bursaries from the Arts Office available for Waterford based participants details on our websites shortly.

 

Author of Dancing the Rainbow Holistic Well-Being through Movement (Mercier Press) and The Little Theatre poetry chapbook (Artlinks) Lani O' Hanlon is an experienced facilitator, writer and movement artist working in Arts and Health, and with poet Grace Wells and Waterford City and County Arts Office has developed a series of inspirations writing workshops in the landscape and ecological writing with The Sacred Wild. She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and her work has been published widely in various literary magazines and anthologies; including Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Mslexia, Orbis, Southword, Skylight, Abridged and broadcast on RTE's Sunday Miscellany. Her writing has won or been highly commended for a number of awards including; The Hennessey New Irish Writing, The Bridport Prize, Poetry on the Lake, The Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair and with Film Director Fiona Aryan's Virginia gave me Roses which won the 2019 International Indie Cork / Ó Bhéal prize for best Poetry-Film.

I look up… and discover the sea exactly the same blue I used to paint it with my watercolours as a child. Jack Gilbert

Photograph by Eileen O Flynn Hyland


BOOKING FORM 2020 WORKSHOPS

Booking form Molly Keane Writers Retreats

Name: ___________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ Phone No: _____________________ E-mail ______________________________

 

Payment— A Reading with Carlo Gébler €15 Payment— Workshop with Carlo Gébler €50.00

Payment—Stories in the Sand [for 3 days with Lani O' Hanlon] €200 - 

Payment—Reader are you there? This is the Writer- one day workshop with Writer in Residence Alison Driscoll €75

If possible it would save on administration if you can pay the full fee in advance, if for some reason you need to cancel and we have enough notice we will offer your place to another and you can attend another group or class at another time.

NB for our records please tick which workshop you are attending with the amount paid and email or post this booking form, address below, with the amount you have paid to mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com.

1. Bank transfer – or lodgement with your name and workshop written clearly - Name of bank: AIB Branch: Youghal, Co Cork Name of account: Molly Keane Writers Retreats Bank account number: 08918098 Sort Code: 934305 BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN: IE18AIBK93430508918098

If this is not possible then by post - cheques or postal orders. Please make cheques out to Molly Keane Writers Retreats. Contact Alison at email below for postal address

Let us know the payment method that you are using here and the amount paid ________________ Send Booking form and/or payment to Alison Driscoll email: mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com