Literary Workshops 2018

Words Allowed with Dave Lordan

Words Allowed with Dave Lordan
(Workshop for Teenage Writers)

Where
Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí

Date
Mon 16 July to Fri 20 July 2018

Time
09.30 - 12.30

Cost
€110

Age Range
Teens (14-18 Years)

Back by popular demand, Dave Lordan's legendary Words Allowed workshop for teenage writers returns to the festival in 2018 for the eighth year in a row. Designed to build the creative confidence and expressive ability of teenagers with an interest in writing it combines a high-energy workshop approach with talks and Q&A sessions on being a writer in the contemporary world where multimedia technologies and performance writing are assuming more importance alongside traditional book publishing. As well as covering traditional forms like poem, story and song, Words Allowed introduces participants to the essentials of Youtubeing & online video production.  In an atmosphere of group support and encouragement for individual creativity, each participant will be facilitated in pursuing their own writing interests and in generating new work.

This year Dave will be joined by the fabulous author and facilitator E.R. Murray to help the participants explore and enjoy their creative imaginations for this intense, fun, inclusive and inspirational week. The workshop is open to young people of all backgrounds, identities and abilities. Both teachers are also very experienced in working with young people with special needs. The only requirement is an interest in writing or storytelling of any kind.

Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and pathbreaking multimedia educator with four acclaimed books & twenty years experience in creativity education & cultural programme design. Check out his colourful new website at davelordan.com or follow Dave Lordan on YouTube or Facebook. As well as West Cork Literary Festival, Dave has provided workshops for RTE, the Irish Film Institute, Dublin City Libraries, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Courthouse Arts Centre, The Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Youthreach, Youthspeaks, Children’s Books Ireland and numerous other schools, institutions and festivals. He teaches creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre and the Big Smoke Writing Factory and he lectures on the MA in Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute and at The American College Dublin.

Elizabeth Rose Murray writes novels for children and young adults and short fiction. Her books include The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (2016 Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read for Children), The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy 2 (shortlisted 2016 Irish Book Awards and 2016 Irish Literacy Association Award), The Book of Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 (Feb 2018) and Caramel Hearts (May 2016). She has short fiction published in reputable journals across Ireland, the UK, US and Australia, and has been shortlisted for several notable competitions including Francis McManus and Aesthetica Creative Works. Recent anthology publications include The Elysian: Creative Responses (New Binary Press) and Reading the Future (Arlen House). Elizabeth lives in West Cork where she fishes, grows her own vegetables and enjoys plenty of adventures with her dog, Franklyn. You can find out more about Elizabeth on her website, or chat to her on twitter @ERMurrayfacebook or instagram.