What do we do?

Participants read from their own work, either a poem, short story or extract from a novel or play and then receive feedback from the group.  The emphasis in the workshop is on constructive feedback.  Participants are welcome to attend without reading themselves but you’ll have much more fun if you read yourself. We ask participants to bring copies of the work they plan on reading.

A fee of €5 per person (€3 concessions) is charged to cover costs. The fee for the prose meetings is €6 (€4 concession).

Where do we meet?

Now that the public health situation has improved we are back meeting again. We are having two poetry workshops and one prose workshop in February. Numbers are limited though due to the current public health guidelines. Zoom workshops are also planned.

The next meetings are:

  • a poetry meeting, in the Christ Church Community Centre, Rathgar village, on Monday, February 21st, from 7.30pm to 10pm . Booking is essential.
  • a prose meeting, in the Fletcher Room, Christ Church Community Centre, Rathgar village, on Monday, February 21st, from 7.30pm to 10pm . Booking is essential.                                                   Please contact James Conway on 086 – 40255 78 to book a place at this.

Details of further meetings will be posted in February.

When do we meet?

  • General meetings are normally held every second Thursday.
  • Prose-only meetings are normally held one Monday a month, usually the last Monday of the month.

Latest News

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We’re back meeting in-person again, though in limited numbers. Zoom meetings are also planned.

We look forward to seeing new and old members!

During our recent, socially-distant times, our members continued to write and get material published.

Congratulations to Mary Guckian and Margaret Boles for being published in ‘News Four’. Mary also had poems published in ‘The New Link’, ‘Leitrim Guardian’, and an ‘Irish Peatland Conservation Council’ publication. She produced two videos for ‘Pieces of Poetry’, Poetry Ireland’s celebration of 20 towns around Ireland. A video of Mary reading two poems about Carrick-on-Shannon features on Leitrim County Library’s Facebook page. Mary also read three poems at the launch of the Working-Class Writing Archive.
Also, congratulations to Thomas McManus for his poem in ‘Ireland’s Own’ and to Anthony O’Donovan for his short story in ‘The Honest Ulsterman’.  Congratulations to Anthony on graduating with a Creative Writing Degree.
Dominic O’Neill is preparing submissions to medical publications and continues his play-writing studies.
Congratulations to Eithne Cavanagh for her commendation in the Francis Ledwidge Poetry competition 2021.
Congratulates to John Hyland on his magnificent book , ‘Haiku Poems’, published by Swan Press (price: €10). John has been a member of the group since 2012. Also, congratulations to Susan Flynn for her forthcoming book, which is to be launched within the next couple of months.
A shout-out also for James Conway’s second place in the Jonathan Swift poetry competition 2021. James also had a poem highly commended and a story commended.  He was highly commended in the Francis Ledwidge.
If you’re in the workshop and have a recent achievement you’d like to share do let us know.

For further details contact: James Conway –  086 4025578

or e-mail: rathmines.ww@gmail.com