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.



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. 

Bursaries available for workshop with Writer in Residence, Alison Driscoll.

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is offering a limited number of bursaries for writers based within the local authority administrative area to attend Alison’s workshop on zoom free of charge. If you wish to be considered for this bursary please email the Arts Office morgan@waterfordcouncil.ie with ‘WIR – October Workshop’ in the subject box briefly outlining your interest as why you would find it beneficial to participate.

Please include your full postal address and mobile number. Closing date for applications is Thursday 15th October at 12 noon. If you have already paid for and booked a place and are successful in getting a bursary, your fee will be reimbursed to you. No correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions.

Past Workshops 2020 

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


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