Get Ready for the Write Time this September

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Now in its seventh year, the Fingal Libraries Write Time creative writing festival is not only designed for aspiring writers but for anybody interested in the craft of writing. If you would like to make a start on a short story, personal reflections or even a novel, this is a great place to begin. Festival Curator Anne McDonald describes the engaging program of workshops spread over the month of September:


Anne Mcdonald

Write Time Festival Curator, Anne McDonald

This year’s Write Time Festival embraces all aspects of Fingal with inclusion being a cornerstone on which the month-long series of workshops are built. Flish McCarthy will facilitate classes for over 60’s to explore different forms of writing and share knowledge and aspirations that may have, until now, not found space in what can be very busy working lives.

Fiona O’Rourke will explore the short story form on zoom and encourage discussion on the elements of crafting a story as well as guided writing sessions to generate ideas.


Fiona O’Rourke

Fiona O’Rourke

For those with an interest in art and writing, Judi Sutherland will facilitate poetry workshops exploring our response to art and how it can inspire creative writing in many forms. Judi will also facilitate workshops around metaphor and the power of imagery.

Judi Sutherland

Judi Sutherland

Climate change is something we are all now acutely aware of, and Flish McCarthy will guide you through nature writing using the senses, helping you understand how you can care about the earth and how writing can explore and articulate our relationship to nature. 

I will facilitate workshops on identity, and how we can look to the past and our heritage, both local and from far-away places to craft memoir or stories. I will also facilitate a session on memoir and the five senses. For people who want to explore having their writing published, the Festival will finish with an interactive panel discussion with myself and Fiona O’Rourke. This will be an opportunity for you to find out how to get your work ready for publication, how to go about getting published and where the best places to send your work will be.


Admission is free to all events, but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please contact the library hosting the event. For the full programme of talks and workshops, please contact your local library branch or see Fingal Libraries website: or Facebook page: @FingalLibraries.

Further information on the workshops and how to book your place can be found here:

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