Creative Writing Workshop with Adam Wyeth

Location: Dingle Hub

Date: Friday 18 November

Time: 10.00 – 16.00 IST/GMT

Cost: €50

Adam Wyeth Dingle Literary Festival 2022

Who the workshop is for

This course is designed for all writing levels. All you need is pen, paper and your imagination.

In this stimulating workshop you’ll be given a range of writing prompts to help get your creative juices flowing and improve your skills as a writer. Moving across all fictional genres, this course will provide ways to deepen imagination and craft, bringing fresh ideas and layers to your work, helping to take to it to the next level.

What the workshop covers

The workshop will focus on discovering your own unique voice as a writer using instinctive modernist approaches to get the pen moving and deepening your voice in fresh and surprising ways. We will look at the importance of free writing and balancing this with economy and precision. We will look at pieces of literature from the inside and discuss what makes these pieces work; then use some of these as prompts to create new material. We’ll delve deeper into the world of character, setting, image and symbol, discovering how all these aspects can add meaning and hidden layers to narrative.

Some of the aspects the course will cover: 

  • Speed writing or stream-of-consciousness writing
  • Dialogue and pacing
  • Finding and deepening your writing voice
  • Keep it symbol: How symbolism can deepen a story adding layers
  • Characterization, conflict and angle
  • Avoiding cliché and then subverting cliché
  • Rewriting, editing, polishing
  • Using literature as models and springboards to create fresh work

What will happen on the day

In my workshops I like to begin with getting the pens moving right away with a limbering up exercise. We will then look at several pieces of literature, discuss and unpack the work, then use these as springboards to create our own work. We will look at the importance of craft, economy, precision in writing, but also the importance of surprise, freshness, creating tension. Each piece of text that we read will be followed with an exercise giving you the opportunity to create new work and to have it heard.

Workshop Leader – Adam Wyeth

Adam Wyeth is an award-winning and critically acclaimed poet, playwright and essayist with five books published with Salmon Poetry. In 2019 he received The Kavanagh Fellowship Award. Wyeth is the author of Silent Music, (2011) Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize and The Art of Dying, (2016) an Irish Times Book of the Year. In 2013 Salmon published his essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry. Adam’s plays have been performed across Ireland and in New York and Berlin. His play, This Is What Happened was published by Salmon in 2019. His latest book about:blank published in 2021 is an experimental hybrid piece, mixing prose and poetry.

Adam has been working as a Creative Writing Facilitator since 2004. He has developed a unique series of Creative Writing workshops called The Mythic Imagination based on his book The Hidden World of Poetry. He hosts a range of Creative Writing Workshops, facilitating at many venues, including the Irish Writers Centre, The Big smoke Writing Factory, Dublin; Anam Cara Retreat, Co. Cork, Tig Fili and The Story House Ireland.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

You are entitled to a refund within one week of your payment, (less card processing fee of 2.00% of the workshop fee) provided that the workshop has not already started.
We cannot refund fees in respect of cancellation after this time. We cannot offer partial refunds to students who do not finish the workshop.