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Anam Cara Workshop Retreats Announced for 2019

Article by Writing IE Admin © 15 December 2018 Writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers ).

High on a heather-covered hillside awaits Anam Cara, a tranquil spot set apart to nurture and to provide sanctuary for those who create. Whether you come to work on a writing or artistic project of your own or as part of a workshop or special interest group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to produce your best work. As the 2lst year begins for Anam Cara, they are again offering both time for individual focused retreats as well as week-long residential workshops, led by gifted experts in their fields.

2019 Workshops

Proprioceptive Writing Led by Kaitlin Briggs

This year marks the third time that Kaitlin has conducted this invaluable writing workshop.

In this workshop. you will learn the basics of Proprioceptive Writing (PW) while in a dynamic community of others doing the same. This method is accessible, healing—and transformative. Learn how to voice your own experience and interact with thought flow. Learn how to follow your felt sense and make your writing—your own. Unearth new images, content, ideas, and stories; Unravel thinking knots—all through writing. You may be searching for a place to begin, or you may want to bring your work to a deeper level. In both cases, PW lays a foundation for creative work and gives you a process to return to. Artists, poets, aspiring and accomplished writers, non-writers alike find a PW workshop to be an uncommon event.

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.

Fact into Fiction with Nessa O’Mahony

In this week-long creative writing workshop, writers Nessa O’Mahony and Peter Salisbury will use a variety of techniques drawn from creative writing, drama and film to explore the creation of fictional narratives drawn from factual and real-life sources. Topics to be covered include:

Exploring our own family histories creatively
Looking at the sources, and how to use them
Ethical issues
Creative issues
Participants’ own stories

It’s Never Too Late to Write! Led by Vanessa Gebbie

Writing, including learning to write well and then finding ways to share your work with readers is not restricted to those with youth on their side. Writing is for us all – but sometimes, you’d be forgiven for thinking it isn’t.

Maybe you’ve tried to write, and life has got in the way. You are not alone – many of us make a real effort to fit our creative endeavours around lives already busy with jobs, family, other responsibilities.

This is an invitation to give yourself a gift – the gift of time at Anam Cara, for yourself.

Remind yourself that you can do this, and give yourself an opportunity to kick start those wonderful ideas that keep popping up, supported by an experienced tutor who didn’t start writing herself until … well, you’ll find out!

Now, with her tenth book on the shelves, Vanessa Gebbie will support you, sharing her experience and her love of writing – whether you want to focus on short fiction, novel-length fiction, poetry, memoir.

Who knows, this busy week, in the company of like-minded creatives, might be a life-changer.

See here for full details and dates.