Monday 25 June 2012



27th July - 29th July 2012

A weekend of inspiration, encouragement, guidance and liberation for writers and would-be-writers at every stage in their journey to self-expression.


Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill, Ted & Annie Deppe & Joe Kearney

“Genius is hidden everywhere; it is in every person, waiting to be evoked, enabled, supported, celebrated. It is in you.” Pat Schneider

  • Time for you and your writing
  • Discover the genius within you
  • Write with inspirational facilitators
  • Safe, supportive environment
  • Find your unique writing voice
  • Share and celebrate your writing with others
  • Write in any genre, poetry, fiction, memoir
  • Beautiful seaside location
  • Affordable
  • Feedback on your writing
  • Small workshops in a private house
  • Lovely garden with patio, pond and labyrinth
  • Forum on online publishing
  • Overcome writers’ blocks
  • Use your own voice with confidence

Strandhill Summerfest is a weekend of writing and celebration for writers of all ages: beginners, advanced or established. It offers a gentle, supportive environment where it is safe to create new work. Again, we bring together our team of four inspirational facilitators whose aim is to nurture new writing.
Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill’s workshops use the AWA method devised by Pat Schneider. These are multi-genre workshops which evoke and enable writing and encourage writers to find and use their own voices with confidence. Ted & Annie Deppe share their expertise as poets and teachers, their love of their craft and their joyful appreciation of all poetry. Joe Kearney is a writer and broadcaster whose voice is familiar to Lyric FM and RTE Radio One listeners. Joe offers an insider view of writing for radio.

The Summerfest will be held in the home of Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill in Strandhill, Co. Sligo.

Facilitator Profiles:

Joe Kearney is a writer and broadcaster whose work is featured on RTE Radio One, Lyric FM and CBC Radio One in Canada. He is a multi-award winning independent documentary maker. In 2008 his radio documentary No Cure for Mickey Finn was a prizewinner in the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was shortlisted for Prix Europa. His documentary Bullfight at Inchicore was RTE’s entry and a finalist in the 2010 Prix Europa in Berlin.
His work has been included in the Quiet Quarter, Original Writing and Sunday Miscellany anthologies. His short fiction has been published in Last Orders, Callan 800,The Fountain, and Ireland’s Eye. Many of these stories have been inspired at the Summerfest, one in particular, Say it With Flowers was short-listed for the Francis MacManus Award. He is also a contributor to An Irishman’s Diary in the Irish Times. Joe has a PhD in Creative Writing from UCD.

Annie Deppe is the author of Wren Cantata (Summer Palace, 2009) and Sitting in the Sky (Summer Palace, 2003). Her work has been anthologized in the Forward Book of Poetry 2004 (England). She has received grants from the Irish Arts Council and the Northern Ireland Arts Council and was selected by Poetry Ireland for theirIntroductions reading series. Her work has appeared in Poetry Ireland, Sou’wester,The Stinging Fly, The Shop, The Recorder, and elsewhere.

Ted Deppe is the author of Children of the Air (Alice James, 1990), The Wanderer King (Alice James, 1996), Cape Clear: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, 2002), andOrpheus on the Red Line (Tupelo Press, U.S. 2009). His work has been recognized by a Pushcart Prize and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He directs Stonecoast in Ireland, a program that makes it possible for Master’s degree students in the U.S. to study in Ireland. Annie and Ted Deppe currently lives in Galway city.

Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill’s novel, The Man With No Skin (Dialogue Publishing Inc. 2005) won first prize in fiction in the Colorado Independent Book Publisher’s (CIPA) Awards and was a finalist in the Independent Book Publisher’s (IPPY) Awards in the US. Her short story, Kikuyu Grass, was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and her stories, poems and interviews have been published in Force 10 and other publications. She has an M. Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin and is an affiliated workshop leader of Amherst Writers & Artists, USA and Amherst Writers Ireland.


Friday 27th July 2012
6.00pm—7.00pm: Registration
7.00pm—9.00pm: Workshops

Saturday 28th July 2012
9.30am—1.30pm: Workshops
2.00pm—3.00pm: Lunch
3.00pm—4.00pm: Forum on Online Publishing with guest speaker Henry Hallan, author of Venus and the Sea People.
4.30pm—6.30pm: One-to-one mentoring — get feedback on your writing.
7.00pm: Dinner
8.30pm: Social Evening with open mic session for participating writers

Sunday 29th July 2012
9.30am—1.30pm: Workshops

Cost: €125 includes snacks, light lunch on Saturday and Dinner on Saturday evening.

Venue: Órfhlaith’s House
‘Aherlow’, Strandhill, Co. Sligo.
(between Kelly’s Pub and Strandhill Church)

Accommodation: Excellent, local accommodation, reasonably priced. B&B list available.

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