Hi to all out there in the big bad writerly world!
Things are steaming along here at Big Smoke as we chug our way past the mild Autumn months into what’s shaping up to be a cold November with the fairy lights of Christmas looming just around the bend in the tracks (sorry for the forced train metaphor. I thought about choo-choosing another one but I wasn’t loco-motivated enough…). A whole host of creative writing courses, workshops and one day drop-ins have been happening in a certain building on Hatch St. and sparks have been seen to be flying into the Dublin skies. So far this season at Big Smoke, there have been 1,237 cups of tea and coffee drank; 2,589 biscuits consumed and 900,657 words written. Things have been happening (to say the least) and if you want in on the action we have a few upcoming events and workshops designed to get those creative juices flowing.
On Saturday the 9th of November at 10am Big Smoke Writing Factory will fling open its doors and invite you in for a morning and afternoon of writing and writerly discussion at our Writing Fest. Not since Willy Wonka allowing entry to the magic of his chocolate factory has there been such anticipation felt on the streets of a city (and we promise there will be no scary tunnels or chocolate rivers; there will, however, be chocolate biscuits…). The day is an open invitation to all age groups to come and do some writing and meet like-minded types. There will be writing prompts and cues available as well as infinite supplies of biscuits and caffeine. The event will run from 10am to 4pm, it is completely free so feel free to come by at any time to do some writing or have a chat. The address is 7 Lower Hatch St., Dublin 2. The purpose of the event is to provide a creative space for those in need but it is not an official class. Those interested in a formal structured class should read on…
We have a whole host of one day workshops still left to come in the Autumn term, a full list of which can be found on our website. To whet your appetite until then, let me just say the following:
On Saturday, November 16th we have the second leg of our Intermediate/Advanced poetry workshop with the talented Kimberly Campanello
Finished a first draft of your work but don’t know where to go from there? Well master editor John Kenny can help you in his Revising Your Work workshop on Saturday, November 23rd.
Also on Saturday November 23rd, ahead of the publication of her memoir Not Lost we have a Personal Essay and Memoir Writing workshop given by Sarah Griffin, and our very own Claire Hennessy will be facilitating a Writing Children’s and Young Adult Fiction workshop.
On Saturday, November 30th, the weather will surely be freezing but Nicole Rourke and Paul Fitzsimons will be stoking the flames of creativity with an Introduction to Creative Writing workshop and an Introduction to Screenwriting workshop (both at 10am)
And last but by no means least, on December 7th publishing consultant and writing.ie overlord Vanessa O’Loughlin will be giving a workshop on a subject close to all writers’ hearts: Getting Published.
Well that’s it folks, any further information can be found on our website: www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com
Whether for writing fest or for a workshop, be sure to find your way to Big Smoke this winter. It could just be the train-ing you need… Okay that was terrible, I promise I’ll be back on track for the next post.