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 welcome our new Writer in Residence for 2020 Alison Driscoll.


Writing Bursaries available for Ardmore Writers Retreat

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is offering Waterford Writers’ the opportunity to attend the Molly Keane Writers Retreat in Ardmore, Co. Waterford free of charge. A number of bursaries are on offer for the outdoor based three day writing retreat ‘Stories in the Sand’ with Lani O’ Hanlon from 21st to 23rd August 2020 inclusive.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 21st July 2020. The application form and more details are available on waterfordarts.com and waterfordcouncil.ie

Join us August 21st to 23rd for our Summer Writer's Retreat Weekend in the Molly Keane House featuring:

'Stories in the Sand' with Lani O'Hanlon and

Reading and Workshop with Carlo Gébler.


 Booking required. Contact Alison at mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com

Overlooking the sea at Molly Keane House

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



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

With our new writer in residence Alison Driscoll

Are you there Reader? It’s me, the Writer, October 24th

Ever wondered if your work is worthy of being read? Or if when it is read does anyone even care? The answer to both is yes. This workshop is aimed at people who are in the early stages of their careers and are seeking some guidance and reassurance. If you want to take your writing to the next level or move through a stumbling block. I will look at fiction and poetry and invite you to bring up to 1000 words of prose or 2 poems that you are looking for advice on. Together we will break it down and build it back up into a working piece. I hope this reignites passion and drive for you. We all need a little help sometimes with the business of writing and at times all you need is a listening ear and a constructive editing pen. Each participant will benefit from constructive feedback on their piece of writing and will have the opportunity to rewrite and represent an extract in the afternoon. This workshop for emerging writers will elevate your writing and equip you with the skills and confidence to approach your work anew. Saturday October 24th – 9.30 for 10 am 4.30 pm. €75.00 includes a light lunch and refreshments.

Alison Driscoll is an emerging writer from Cork. She has completed an MA Creative Writing in UCC. Her work has appeared online and in print such as; Quarryman, Irish Examiner, Headstuff as Poem of the Week and on Poethead. A postcard story of hers was printed and circulated by the Irish Writers Centre. She has been invited to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival and in Waterstones Cork during various events such as Culture Night. Alison played a lead role in reinvigorating the English Literature Society in UCC during her studies and worked to establish a programme of events for students interested in pursuing creative writing. She organised many workshops and events with local writers in the college. Alison sat as the Editor of the Quarryman journal and on the editorial committee for four years. Alison works as a Bookseller in Cork where she shares her love of reading and literature with the public. As well as this, Alison works with the Amergin Poetry Solstice Gathering annually in PR & Marketing. Alison has recently been appointed as the Writer in Residence in the Molly Keane House.


Please be advised of the cancellation due to Covid-19 of Thomas McCarthy's workshop. 

Alison Driscoll's workshop has been postponed to October 24th


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