The Write Time for Inspiration

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on August 27, 2018.

Fingal Libraries annual celebration of creativity & writing in Fingal, the Write Time Festival, takes place this September. Library branches will host free workshops and talks throughout the month of September to spark the imagination and inspire creativity. Fingal County Librarian Betty Boardman says, “The Write Time festival is a great opportunity for aspiring writers […]

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Fingal Libraries annual celebration of creativity & writing in Fingal, the Write Time Festival, takes place this September. Library branches will host free workshops and talks throughout the month of September to spark the imagination and inspire creativity.

Fingal County Librarian Betty Boardman says, “The Write Time festival is a great opportunity for aspiring writers of all ages to learn from practitioners of the trade – writers and facilitators who are successful in their own genres. So whether you write just as a hobby or would like to get published at some stage, these talks in Fingal Libraries will be of benefit”.

This year’s programme features travel writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan, who describes travel writing as the perfect combination of memoir, history, geography and adventure story.  Actor, writer and director Diarmuid de Faoite will speak in Irish about writing dramatic stories for various media – books, stage, radio, television and the big screen. In recent years, digital self-publishing and e-books have changed the publishing landscape dramatically. Author Catherine Ryan Howard will share her ‘best practice’ tips for success in self-publishing, marketing and promotion and making a living as a ‘hybrid’ author.

As in previous years, the Write Time Festival offers a range of free workshops.  If you have a visual imagination and love writing and creating characters, screenwriting might just be for you. Screenwriter Lindsay Jane Sedgwick will give a workshop on this stimulating form of writing. Have you an idea for a killer thriller, clever ‘whodunit’ or police procedural? Crime writer Catherine Ryan Howard will take you through the process of writing a crime novel. In her workshop, Writing the Crevices: The Art and Craft of Flash Fiction, Shauna Gilligan invites us to examine the craft of flash fiction, or short-short fiction. Author Kevin Curran looks at the key features of good writing and answers your questions about what exactly it takes to get your ideas onto a page and in shape. Fiona O’Rourke will facilitate creative writing workshops for beginners and people who want to develop their work in progress. This year, the Write Time Festival also offers creative writing workshops for children and teenagers facilitated by Maeve Devoy.

Admission is free to all events, but booking is essential for the workshops. To reserve a place, please contact the library hosting the event. Please download the brochure for the Write Time festival here.

By Orla Drohan, Fingal County Libraries