CONFERENCE ITEMS

DAILY

WRITING SESSIONS

Make the event a productive one for your writing, reading or research project. Enjoy the facility of our conference suite each morning and work on your project, or catch up on that ever growing reading list. The space will be a quiet one, with a luxurious reception nearby for conversations on books and writing. Still & sparkling water & mints complimentary.

INTRODUCTION

Receive a warm welcome to your boutique conference! Discuss your objectives for the and plan through the packed schedule of key craft sessions, industry meeting and interviews.

OUTLINES & THE IDEA

Are you an architect or a gardener? Do you like to make it up as you go along, or do you prefer to have all your plot in place before you start? In this session we discuss the challenges of both approaches. Includes short writing exercises.

CHILDREN’S FICTION – EARLY DAYS

In the first of 4 special seminars on writing for younger readers, we travel through the world of writing for younger children. Here we look at the early category of reader or a young-listening-audience! We explore picture books for babies and toddlers. With special exercises and discussion. Seminar style with Q&A.

EDITING YOUR WORK

Here we discuss techniques that can help you produce consistently high quality & publishable short fiction. We have completed the first draft. But how do we revise and rework our writing? Revision and self-editing techniques are discussed in this special session. What are the best strategies? What do we leave out and what do we put back in? We explore these and other specific questions of editorial approach in this class. Presentation style with Q&A.

BOYS AND GIRLS

In this seminar we enter the world of writing for older children. What are the challenges? How do we write entertaining books for children at this developing age? With examples and special exercises to ignite the beginning of your children’s book. Seminar style with Q&A.

GRANTS & FINANCIAL SUPPORTS

How can we survive economically as a writer? This session explores various ways to successfully practice a career as a professional author even if the work is not commercial in itself. We will also look at supports for authors writing commercially who have not yet secured a contract.

1-1 CLINIC

Discuss your writing practice 1-1 with an experienced tutor. Ten minute sessions. Book in advance at info@martinkeaveney.com

CREATIVE WORKSHOP

Share your work with other writers and receive feedback.

HANNAH LYNCH IN PARIS

In the first of a series of special literary seminars on Irish writers in Paris in this event, we look at the Irish novelist and feminist Hannah Lynch (1859-1904). We trace her early life in Ireland and her movement to Paris, where she wrote several novels and other literary works. Followed by Q&A.

TEEN LIVES

This session introduces writers to creating books for teenagers, What are the techniques need to engage this audience? How do we put ourselves into the mindset of teenage characters? With carefully designed exercises and discussion. Seminar style with Q&A.

INTRODUCTION – LATE ARRIVALS

Receive a warm welcome to your boutique conference! Discuss your objectives for the weekend and plan through the packed schedule of key craft sessions, industry meeting and interviews.

THE NOVEL

In this session, we look at the challenges and rewards of writing a novel and other long form projects. We discuss techniques to sustain a longer project and achieve our ultimate goals.

CLINIC PREPARATION

There are several exciting industry clinics options available to writers over the weekend. Attend this session for some key tips to ensure your session with the industry professional is as productive as possible.

BETIMES BOOKS

Meet Tanja Slijepcevic of Betimes Books. Betimes Books endeavour to support visionary writing and the making of great literature. They are dedicated to helping authors succeed and creating conditions in which they can continue to create. They will discuss current titles, the process of manuscript acceptance and what they are looking for at the moment. Presentation style followed by Q&A.

DOMHNALL O DONOGHUE

Domhnall O’ Donoghue is an actor, journalist & novelist. In 2016, Tirgearr Publishing released Domhnall’s first novel, Sister Agatha: The World’s Oldest Serial Killer. Mercier Press, Ireland’s oldest publishing house, released Domhnall’s second and third novels, Colin and the Concubine and Crazy for You. As an actor, Domhnall appeared as Pádraig in TG4’s Ros na Rún for nine seasons. Interview style followed by Q&A.

LILLIPUT PRESS

The Lilliput Press is one of Ireland’s smallest and most prestigious publishing houses. They specialize in biography, historical non-fiction and memoir, but are also one of the leading fiction publishers in Ireland. They will discuss current titles, what happens when a manuscript is accepted and what they are looking for at present. Presentation style followed by Q&A.

GEORGE MOORE IN PARIS

We continue our journey with Irish writers in Paris, this time focussing on George Moore (1852-1933) who arrived in Paris in the 1880s and frequented La Nouvelle Athènes amongst other haunts for several years in the 1870s. He published novels and stories in a career spanning many decades. Followed by Q&A.

INDUSTRY CLINICS

Are you ready to submit your Poetry, Film or TV project, Novels or short stories? Thinking of adapting your story or novel for screen? Get industry insights on your project through a face-to-face meeting with an industry professional. Meet Children’s Book publishers Sweet Cherry, adult fiction publishers Lilliput Press & Betimes Books, Poetry publisher Salmon Poetry and Screen producer Up on Blue Bridge Productions. Limited to 6 each, please confirm your place on registration form as early as possible to avoid disappointment. One-to one style In-Person / Zoom. Book your place as soon as possible as places are extremely limited.

LEEONA DUFF

Leeona has held numerous production department roles in feature film, TV, corporate, and commercial projects but is mostly found in the producer’s seat.A graduate of The National Film School at IADT she holds a First Class BAHons in Film and TV Production, specialising in production and screenwriting. She has produced over 12 shorts including the multi-award winning “An Crann” and dollar-baby short “In the Deathroom” based on the short story by Stephen King.  Diligently developing as a screenwriter Leeona has been a script evaluator for various production companies and filmmakers.

JOYCE IN PARIS

James Joyce (1882-1942) is one of the most significant writers in the history of letters, and certainly a remarkable literary artist of the 20th century. In an intensely dramatic and difficult career, hampered by economic, personal and health obstacles, Joyce relentlessly pursued what he called the ‘miracle’ of fiction. He spent many years in Paris and we will explore his time here in this very special session. Followed by Q&A.

SALMON POETRY

Meet Jessie Lendennie, founder of Salmon Poetry. Salmon Poetry, taking its name from the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology, was established in 1981 as an alternative voice in Irish literature. The Salmon, a journal of poetry and prose was a flagship for writers in the west of Ireland, and Salmon’s first books, Gonella by Eva Bourke and Goddess on the Mervue Bus by Rita Ann Higgins broke new ground for women poets. Since then over 600 volumes of poetry have been produced, and Salmon has become one of the most important publishers in the Irish literary world. By specialising in the promotion of new poets, particularly women poets, Salmon has enriched Irish literary publishing. 

CREATIVE WORKSHOP

Share your work with other writers and receive feedback.

SWEET CHERRY

Sweet Cherry Publishing is an award-winning independent children’s book publisher based in the UK. Inspired by their Leicester heritage, where over 25k children live in poverty and literacy rates are amongst the lowest in the country, Sweet Cherry believe that all children should have access to great stories and they work to break down the socio-economic barriers that often get in the way of access to books.

THE SHORT STORY

Progress your short fiction/episodic chapter in this special session. what is a short story? Where do we start ? How do we sustain the reader’s interest? How do we conclude? This session gets writers started in the short form. Class style with exercises.

DONALD FINNAEUS MAYO

Donald Finnaeus Mayo was born in London and grew up in Australia and South East Asia, the backdrop for his novel, Francesca. He is the author of Francesca and The Insider’s Guide to Betrayal. He was educated in England, where he graduated with a degree in Politics and Culture. At various times he has worked as a radio journalist for the BBC, a business writer for major corporations, and as a photographer. He currently lives in Hampshire with his wife and three children.

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SCREENWRITING

In this seminar, we introduce writers to the art of writing films, TV series and other visual content. Writing movies and TV scripts is perhaps one of the most exciting areas of creative writing. Do you like the idea of your characters and scene entertaining audiences on the big or small screen? Make the first steps toward achieving high level screenplays for film or television. With  exercises and samples.

CRIME FICTION

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Do you want to build a career as a professional writer? One of the best places to do that is writing thriller and crime novels. Start your journey in this seminar where we look at various forms of the genre, including detective novels, action thrillers and spy dramas. What is it that that wills secure a publishing contract? What do we need to do to enthrall a commercial agent?

COMMERCIAL FICTION

 

This special seminar is for writers intent on writing a highly commercial novel. We will explore in detail perspectives, plot, historical facts, violence, sexual scenes, presentation to publishers and agents  and other important aspects to ensure a highly publishable manuscript  in this key session.  Presentation & Q&A.

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING

In this session, we look at techniques for raising awareness of your work online and offline. There will be a step-by-step demo in setting up a variety of platforms including launching a free website.

SELF-PUBLISHING

In this session we explore the options open to those who wish to publish their writing themselves. What projects are suitable for this option? We look at aspects of formatting, copyright, ISBN numbers, pricing, marketing and the best platforms for self-publishing. We will also look at the best options available to those who wish to appoint a self-publishing company to publish their work.

THE LIVING PAST

If you are planning a historical fiction book or series or a local history book, this session explores some of the challenges and techniques of this fascinating area of writing. With key research and validation techniques. Seminar style with Q&A.

BECKETT IN PARIS

We conclude the event by focussing fittingly on a writer who was remarkably drawn to the end of life. Over a career spanning several decades, Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) developed stage practice that powerfully advanced modernist exploration of the theatre. But even this achievement was transcended by what many scholars consider a monumental trilogy of novels that pushed the form to new frontiers. Beckett spent more of his life in Paris than Dublin and we will explore his decades around the city. Followed by Q&A.

READING FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS

It’s showtime! Read, perform or have someone else present your creative work in the company of family & friends in this special concluding item.

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