Anam Cara Writers Retreats Workshop Schedule for 2014 and 2015

Great new addition to the 2015 Workshop Retreat Schedule!

What Do I Mean by Creativity? with Ginny Keegan
Poets, artists, writers and non-writers alike, anyone interested in creativity, psychology, and the life of the spirit will find this work encouraging, clarifying and stimulating.
We write together each morning; afternoons are for our own private work, poetry, painting (beginning to paint), starting that writing project. More info...

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Writing with Fire – Creating Works That Rivet Your Readers

"Writing with Fire" – Creating Works That Rivet Your Readers
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

david writing with fireRetreat Leader:  David Hazard (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 10th May 2014
Departure:  Saturday 17th May 2014

This workshop is fully booked

"The week will help you find or further explore your voice as a writer. Voice is the edge every acquisition editor and contest judge looks for, beneath the writer's technical skill.  Your voice - your fire, if you will -- is what gives your writing, from first to last, its true and lasting brilliance."

Painting the Wild Coast of Ireland Workshop Retreat

Painting the Wild Coast of Ireland Workshop Retreat
One-week residential workshop retreat

evelyn watercolourRetreat Leader:  Evelyn Dunphy (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 31th May 2014
Departure:  Saturday 7th June 2014

Workshop Retreat is fully booked.

Transforming Your Memories into Life Stories

Transforming Your Memories into Life Stories
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

solveig memoirRetreat Leader:  Solveig Eggerz (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 7th June 2014
Departure:  Saturday 14th June 2014

This workshop will help you discover your memories—the raw material of personal stories—and transform them to stories for others to enjoy. You will discover why certain memories resonate with you and how they relate to the drama of your life. We will focus on the "stepping stones" of your life—-that is, the memories that are most meaningful to you. By applying pre-writing activities, such as "cave writing," drawing, and oral storytelling, you will mine your memories as well as explore the deeper meaning of a story. As we move through the week, theme will emerge as an organizing principle for your memoir/life stories. In daily writing exercises, you will practice applying the tools of fiction such as dialogue, sensory details, scenes, and character development. As part of our focus on character, we will explore the relationship between the younger and older narrator, the tension between the character who acts in the story and the adult narrator who reflects on the meaning of the character’s action. You will have the opportunity to enter into your own story as older and younger narrator, telling the reader what happened while also musing on the significance of what happened. As we focus on the “dual narrator,” we will discuss time and its special role in memoir. At the end of the week, participants will have drafts of several stories to be developed into the core of a memoir.

Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Writing Workshop

Lining Our Thoughts - A Poetry Writing Workshop
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

Leanne osullivanRetreat Leader:  Leanne O’Sullivan (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 19th July 2014
Departure:  Saturday 26th July 2014

Workshop Retreat is fully booked.

“This workshop is for those who would like to begin to write poetry or those who would like to develop poems they have already started.  The main aim of my workshops is to encourage writers through discussion, exercise based and free writing, while also allowing them to take risks in a supportive environment.  Each session will focus on a different topic, such as imagery, perspective, storytelling, rhythm and form.  Everything a writer needs is inside of themselves, and it’s my goal to help them refine the effectiveness of how they communicate their subject matter.  Morning sessions will include a reading of poems by established writers (which will be supplied) with discussion of what makes these poems effective, writing exercises and also excursions to some sites in Beara that have given inspiration to my own writing.  In the afternoons I will be available for one-to-one sessions and this will also be free time during which participants can enjoy the creative peace of the retreat and do some writing.

Read more: Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Writing Workshop

Loosening the Bonds - A Silent Guided Elements Retreat

Loosening the Bonds - A Silent, Guided, Elements Retreat
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

kim on strandRetreat Leader:  Kim Richardson
Arrival:  Saturday, 16th August 2014
Departure:  Saturday 23rd August 2014

This workshop is fully booked

"This retreat is designed to help loosen the bonds of our attachment to the "false self," going beyond and inward to awaken to the freedom and beauty of our real Self, and the wellspring of our creativity. To help in this process of Self-awakening, we work with silence (we keep silence, as a group, during the five days and nights of the main retreat), with the ancient concept of the Elements, and with guided and silent meditations and practices (visualizations, mantra recitation, and walking practices)." 

Traditional Irish Lace Making

Traditional Irish Lace Making
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

fiona laceRetreat Leader:  Fiona Harrington (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 6th September 2014
Departure:  Saturday 13th September 2014

"This workshop is designed for those who have an interest in learning about the Traditional Art of Lace Making in Ireland. No previous Lace Making knowledge is necessary but knowing how to thread a needle is definitely an advantage. The aim of this workshop is to provide each participant with the knowledge and direction needed to engage with Traditional Lace techniques and create a unique and personal piece of Lace.  Many Lace Makers believe that there is a meditative quality to Lace Making that allows the Maker to connect with each and every moment as you focus your concentration entirely on the tip of a needle."

Master Class in Poetry

Master Class in Poetry
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

BernardRetreat Leader:  Bernard O'Donoghue (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 11th October 2014
Departure:  Saturday 18th October 2014

"I grew up in rural North Cork, in a place famous for traditional music and for poetry in Irish from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These things led to deep-rooted interests in linguistic things, and especially literature, both written and oral. I went to school in Manchester (my mother's place of origin) when I was 16, and my obsessions from then on were Latin, English literature and music (including classical music at the Halle). I have lived in Oxford since 1965, and my main inspirations have been medieval literature: Chaucer and Dante and above all, the shorter poems in Old and Middle English. The Anglo-Saxon elegies are my model for the perfectly formed lyric poem." 

For many years, Bernard has spent time on and been inspired by the Beara Peninsula.  His Master Class will focus on using such places and time as subject matter and/or inspiration as he guides participating poets in enhancing their poetic gifts.

What Do I Mean by Creativity?

What Do I Mean by Creativity?
Proprioceptive Writing Retreat

ginny1Retreat Leader:  Ginny Keegan (more information)
Arrival:  April 18, 2015
Departure:  April 24, 2015

Poets, artists, writers and non-writers alike, anyone interested in creativity, psychology, and the life of the spirit will find this work encouraging, clarifying and stimulating.  We write together each morning; afternoons are for our own private work, poetry, painting (beginning to paint), starting that writing project.
Evenings are for sharing as we gather round the turf fire.   

Proprioceptive Writing (PW) is not formal writing, nor stream-of-consciousness writing but a regular, disciplined practice that can deepen attention and free us to think, write, and speak with strength and clarity. We write together to music and candlelight in 25-minute sessions taking the emphasis off writing, and focusing on the experience of inner hearing.

Read more: What Do I Mean by Creativity?
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