Events

MKCW now provides in-person events to writers at all levels, and working in all genres and mediums from all over Ireland and beyond. Our boutique conferences are specifically designed to provide a space for writers to make progress on any writing project in a collaborative environment, increase new writers’ writing practice, provide specialist seminars about writing craft, literature modules and author interviews and provide a one-to-one opportunity for writers to discuss their writing with an industry professional. Please take a look at what is coming up below.

MKCW BOUTIQUE CONFERENCES

IN-PERSON

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CORK 22

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AT-A-GLANCE

SUBJECT TO AMENDMENTS

• November 4-6 2022
• Free writing sessions x9 hours
• Creative workshops x2 hours
• Seminars on craft x8 hours
• Seminars on literature x1 hour
• Author interview/presentations/readings x2 hours
• Publisher/Producer presentation x2 hours
• Writer’s clinic with industry opportunity
• Readings & performances of participant work x2 hours
• Refreshments complimentary throughout weekend
• Gourmet lunch complimentary throughout weekend
• Meet like-minded writers & readers
• Make real progress on your writing/reading objectives
• Discuss fiction and your writing practice with leading authors
• Learn about writing industry from trade professionals
• Highly engaging and active weekend event
• Superb networking opportunity
• All levels, mediums and genre of writer & reader very welcome
• Enjoy MKCW commitment to excellence as standard
• A memorable and rewarding weekend to enjoy this autumn – In-Person!

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BROWSE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Venue: Cork International Hotel, Cork, Ireland.

Dates: 4-6 November 2022.

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EVENTS

SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT

GROUP SESSION

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Make the conference weekend a productive one for your writing, reading or research project. Enjoy the facility of the Valencia Room at the Cork International Hotel 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 lobby nearby for conversations on books and writing. Water complimentary.

Time: Every morning 8am-11am.

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Venue: Valencia Room

THE SHORT STORY – PART 1

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Progress your short fiction/episodic chapter in this special 2-part session. Part 1 explores the short story form. But 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.

Time: Friday 4th November 11.15-12.15pm.

Valencia Room.

THE EDITING ROOM – PART 1

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We have completed the first draft. But how do we revise and rework our writing? Revision and self-editing techniques are discussed in this 2-part session. Part 1 looks at 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.

Time: Friday 4th November 12.30-1.30pm.

Valencia Room.

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. Elective seminar – advance booking essential. Booking form issued to all delegates.

Time: Friday 4th November – Time TBA  

THE EDITING ROOM – PART 2

In Part 2 of this series, we recognise perfecting short fiction is a challenge for all writers at all levels. When is a piece finished? What are the aspects to focus on in the later editing stages? Here we discuss techniques that can help you produce consistently high quality & publishable short fiction.

Time: Friday 4th November 2.00-3.00pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

CRIME ROOM

Learn about the various sub-genres of crime-writing in this special seminar. We will explore in detail perspectives, plot, use of graphic material, historical facts, evidence, legal knowledge, politics and other important aspects to ensure a highly publishable manuscript  in this focussed session. Elective seminar – advance booking essential. Booking form issued to all delegates.

Times: Friday 4th November – Time TBA

THE SHORT STORY – PART 2

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In Part 2 of this series of writing short stories and short fiction, we ask what makes a short story of short fiction publishable? What is the best way to finalise our short pieces? Classroom style with discussion of samples from published works and class samples. Presentation style with Q&A.

Time: Friday 4th November 3.15 – 4.15pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

ADAPTATIONS

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In this seminar, we look at the process of adapting of Creative Writing projects to another medium. Many writers are interested in the possibility of adapting their novel, short story or play for screen. Here we look at the challenges of this process. What can be translated easily ? What must be modified? What are the restrictions? We look at other forms of adaptation outside of screen. This may include short stories to graphic novels, immersive set adaptations, use of art, video game adaptations and other formats. With samples and class input. Classroom style with writing exercises. style with Q&A.

Time: Friday 4th November 5.00pm – 6.00pm.

Venue: Valencia Room

CREATIVE WORKSHOP

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Join a traditional creative writers’ workshop. Read your work and receive feedback from peers and tutor. Discuss development, themes and next steps.

Times: Friday & Saturday at 6.00-7.00pm

Venue: Valencia Room.

CHILDREN’S FICTION – BOYS & GIRLS

In this seminar we enter the world of writing for older children. What are the challenges? How do we appeal to children at this developing age? With examples and special exercises to ignite the beginning of your children’s book. Seminar style with Q&A. Elective seminar – advance booking essential. Booking form issued to all delegates.

Time: Friday 4th November – Time TBA 

OPENING OF CONFERENCE

Join us for a warm welcome to all participants, followed by a short presentation on the weekend, what is on and suggestions on how to get the most out of your conference experience. Includes some local information on the area. Followed by Q&A.

Time: Friday 4th November 7.00 – 7.30pm

Venue: Valencia Room.

FREEDOM THROUGH CONSTRAINT

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Is Art free from Constraint? This session discusses the definition of great art. How do we define what is ‘great’? Does this direct us as writers? Are we free to achieve our goals ? Should we be? What stands in our way? Presentation style with Q&A.

Time: Friday 4th November 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

CLINIC PREPARATIONS

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There are 2 exciting industry clinics 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.

Time: Saturday 5th November 11.15am – 12.15pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

CHILDREN’S FICTION – 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. Elective seminar – advance booking essential. Booking form issued to all delegates.

Time: Saturday 5th November – Time TBA

KEVIN DOYLE

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Kevin Doyle is the current chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union. He is the author of two political crime thrillers – To Keep A Bird Singing (2018) and A River of Bodies (2019) – published by Blackstaff Press. Set in the Cork and west Cork, the books explore the murky world of Special Branch collusion with a network of abusers inside the Catholic Church. David Park described To Keep A Bird Singing as “… a thrilling debut that looks corruption in the eye and never blinks.” Books Ireland’s verdict was “highly, highly recommended”. Interview style followed by Q&A.

Time: Saturday 5th November 2022 12.30-1.30pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

LEEONA DUFF

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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.

Time: Saturday 5th November 2.00pm – 3.00pm.

Venue: Valencia Room

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. Elective seminar – advance booking essential. Booking form issued to all delegates.

Times: Saturday 5th November – Time TBA

MEET THE INDUSTRY

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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 Leeona Duff/ Jess Lendennie and discuss your project/manuscript.poetry collection in our special industry clinics. One-to one style. Book your place as soon as possible as places are extremely limited.

Times: Saturday 5th November 3.15-4.15pm

Venue: Valencia Room

SALMON POETRY

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Jessie Lendennie is the founder and Managing Editor of Salmon Poetry. She has commissioned and published over 600 books of poetry and prose. A poet herself, her prose poem Daughter was published in 1988, and reissued with new poems in 2001. In 1990, The Salmon Guide to Poetry Publishing appeared and in 1992 by The Salmon Guide to Creative Writing in Ireland. Her poetry collection, Walking Here, appeared in 2011.

Time: Saturday 5th November 5.00-6.00pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

CREATIVE WORKSHOP

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Join a traditional creative writers’ workshop. Read your work and receive feedback from peers and tutor. Discuss development, themes and next steps.

Times: Friday & Saturday at 6.00-7.00pm

Venue: Valencia Room.

DONALD FINNAEUS MAYO

Venue: Valencia Room

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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.

Time: Saturday 5th November 7.30-8.30pm

Venue: Valencia Room.

READING IN PUBLIC

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For some writers public reading of their work is a joy. For others it is a challenge. How can we make the reading of our work to others an enjoyable experience for all? What techniques can we use in delivery and in preparations? Classroom style with participant participation.

Time: Sunday 6th November 11.15am-12.15pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

YOUNG ADULTS

Literature for readers on the brink of adulthood can be a very challenging yet highly rewarding genre, also reaching a significant adult audience. What are the guidelines for this area? How do we deliver effective stories, novels and fo the Young Adult market? With samples and special writing exercises. 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. Elective seminar – advance booking essential. Booking form issued to all delegates.

Time: Sunday 6th November – Time TBA

WILLIAM TREVOR

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Take a break from a busy weekend of writing, seminars and clinics and enjoy a special session on one of Cork’s large stable of great authors. William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown and established himself as one of the most significant short story writers in 20th century Irish Literature. his final resting place is a short drive from the hotel where you can read the famous epigraph. Settle back and enjoy some fine short fiction and analysis.

Time: Sunday 6th November 12.30-1.30pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

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. Elective seminar – advance booking essential. Booking form issued to all delegates.

Time: Sunday 6th November – Time TBA

READINGS & PERFORMANCES

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After three days of writing and craft sessions, why not share your work in a relaxed atmosphere on Sunday afternoon? You can read something you have developed during your time at the conference, or read a piece prepared earlier. There is also the opportunity for spoken word performance, research presentations, short drama sketches or short film screenings. May be organised at other times over the weekend if required. You are welcome to invite family and friends to this exciting conclusion to the Conference (Please send names in advance for seating here). Slots limited to 10 minutes.

Time: Sunday 6th November 2.00 – 5.00pm.

Venue: Valencia Room.

SCHEDULE

Subject to amendments.

TimeFriday 4th NovemberSaturday 5th NovemberSunday 6th November
0800Group SessionGroup SessionGroup Session
1115The Short Story –
Part 1
Clinic Prep Session
(Poets, Novelists, Short story writers & Screenwriters)
Reading in Public
1230The Editing Room –
Part 1

Kevin DoyleWilliam Trevor
1330LunchLunchLunch
1400The Editing Room –
Part 2

Leeona Duff

Final Readings/Performances
1515The Short Story –
Part 2
Meet the Industry
– Screenwriting, Poetry/Prose Clinic

1700AdaptationsSalmon Poetry
1800Creative WorkshopCreative Workshop
1900Opening of Conference
1930Freedom through ConstraintDonald Finnaeus Mayo

–Complimentary Lunch/Water/Tea/Coffee/Biscuits served throughout the Conference-

Elective seminars subject to order on form – all requests will be provided.

Booking

CONFERENCE – ADMISSION

1x Admission to all events.

€385.00

CONFERENCE – MKCW ADMISSION

1x Admission to all events. Available to any registered MKCW course participant or service user in 2022.

€335.00

CONFERENCE – PACKAGE

1x Admission to all events.B&B Single for 4 November & 5 November 2022 at the 4-star Cork International Hotel

€685.00

CONFERENCE – MKCW PACKAGE

1x Admission to all events.B&B Single for 4 November & 5 November 2022 at the 4-star Cork International Hotel.Available to any registered MKCW course participant or service user in 2022.

€635.00

Please get in touch for Group/Special request arrangements. Contact

Registrations can be confirmed by Stripe/Postal order or Bank Transfer if required. Contact

Registration can also be taken over the phone at 0876007100.

FAQs

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

SLIGO 22

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Tanja Slijepcevic of Betimes Books gives a presentation at Sligo 22

Many thanks to the delegates who attended our recent conference in Sligo and contributed to making it a fantastic weekend.

DUBLIN 22

Many thanks to all who attended Dublin 22 and contributed to a fantastic weekend of writing and discussion.

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Dublin 22 Delegates

The weekend was a great opportunity to interact with other writers, discuss the challenges we face and helping each other to improve our work. You can’t beat immersing yourself fully in a weekend event like this – gets you into the zone, wherever that is, and gets you thinking at a deeper level about your work

Liam Horan

As a first time attendee it was an overall successful event – thank you 🙏

Dr Heera-Gauvri Bhagat

Carlow

The conference provided an excellent insight into the industry. Meeting other prospective authors made a great impact on informing and improving my own work.

David

Clare

I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. I would regard it as a great ‘kick-start’ to getting something started or an opportunity to focus on your project and the craft of writing. The networking opportunities were excellent and very beneficial. Overall I would very much recommend the weekend to anyone interested in devoting some time to their writing.

Writer at Sligo 22

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