Claire Kilroy

BOOKING is brisk for the wide range of Workshops on offer this July at the 2012 West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Co. Cork. Offering a vast range of subjects for prospective writers, or for those already engaged in the process, the Festival hosts workshops covering a range of topics from Flash Fiction to Memoir and each is presented by well-known experts in their particular field.

Limited to a maximum of 15 participants, booking is on a “first come, first served” basis.

This year the Festival will also feature an Editor-in-Residence where writers can have a one-to-one session to discuss and appraise their work.

The festival offers both five day and three three-day workshops and all run concurrently in the week commencing Monday, July 9th.

Amongst this year’s highlights is a Fiction Workshop conducted by Glenn Patterson, author of eight novels including Burning Your Own and Fat Lad and, for those already involved in the process of writing, “The Novel: Beyond the First Draft” with Claire Kilroy, a practical course aimed at those who have completed, or are near completion, of a first draft of a novel and wish to work on various aspects of it in a group setting guided by an experienced novelist.

In Poetry there are two workshops: “Poetry” with poet, novelist and dramatist, Dermot Healy and “Words That Belong Together” with Ruth Padel, where she will combine reading poems with writing them, and encourage both beginners and more experienced poets, to listen for words that are convincing, and fresh, and help a poem hang together.

Other workshops will be conducted by such highly respected writers as Tessa Hadley on “The Short Story”; Lorna Siggins on “Journalism”; Jamie Lawson on “Songwriting”, and Miriam Gallagher on “Scriptwriting and Playwriting”.

The range of workshops also includes Ian Macpherson’s “An Introduction to Comic Fiction Writing” and “Flash Fiction” with Peter Benson.

Magi Gibson’s “Wild Women Writing Workshop” will help overcome the barriers that are stopping you from connecting with the key to your true creativity.

Suzanne Baboneau will be the Festival’s “Editor-in-Residence” so participants will have this rare opportunity to speak with a senior publishing executive by booking a one-to-one session to discuss and appraise your work. Publishing Director of the Adult Trade Division at Simon & Schuster UK, her first loves are fiction, commercial and literary, and narrative non-fiction and memoir. She works closely with her authors, including Philippa Gregory, Jackie Collins and Lynda La Plante.

Dave Lordan will present “Words Allowed” a workshop for teenage writers and there are also a number of children’s workshops running throughout the week – check the programme for more details.

The West Cork Literary Festival, July 8th – 14th, is organised by West Cork Music in partnership with the Cork County Library and Arts Service and funded by the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland. Booking for readings or Workshops is on LoCall: 1850 788 789 or through

Sir Michael Parkinson, Anita Shreve, Paul Muldoon and Anita Desai are just some of the participants appearing at this year’s Festival which features some of the finest writers, poets and musicians from Ireland and abroad.