For summer in Dublin and for summer away, latest Writing Train courses and dates!


Writing Train Beginners’ classes:

Writing Train Beginners’ Classes will work best for people who want to identify their material and the forms they like by writing under direction and ‘reading as writers.’ Alongside this, in a Beginners’ class, you will, under my guidance, go through elements of the craft of all the short written forms.

Next set of Beginners classes at Writing Train:

(1) Begin to Write, at Café Joly, National Library. A set of NINE Saturday classes for beginner writers, or writers with a little writing done. DATES:  from June 30 for nine Saturdays across the summer till mid -September, 10.00 – 12.30 p.m. Special summer-saver deal, to reflect summer’s to-ings and fro-ings: nine sessions for the price of eight!  As a result,  €200 is the extra good value fee for this course in the lovely NLI.

(3) Tuesday night Start To Write: 8 weeks from July 3, (with at least two weeks’ holidays! Dates of ‘out-weeks’ to be arranged in consultation with group.) Venue: United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street. Timings: 6.30 – 8.45 p.m. Fee: €215 for this course of slightly longer classes.

WRITING TRAIN WORKSHOPS: Intermediate and Advanced workshops, the distinctions:

Writing Train’s Intermediate/ Developing writers’ workshops are great for people who are either (a) ready to get going on some work they’ve been meaning to start,  or (b) sense that a class that’s somewhat mixed experience-wise  will inspire them more than a group where everyone is simply starting. In the Intermediate Writing Train sessions I can divide the time between helping each person who has a special interest, and teaching areas of craft to everyone, plus giving feedback on work that people are starting to produce, or  are getting on with.

Forthcoming Intermediate/ Developing workshops:

Nine Saturday Writing Train Workshops. Running from 30 June for nine Saturdays across the summer till mid-September with several weeks off (some flexibility to arrange these to suit holidays), 13.00 – 15.00 p.m. €200. Extra special fee of 9 sessions for fee of 8 in the lovely cafe setting of the NLI,  to reflect your summer commitments and holiday plans.

Eight Wednesday Afternoon workshops at the National Library Café Joly, Kildare Street. Running from 3- 5, for 8 weeks from 4 July. €200. For writers with a little experience who want to make progress. A bonus of this daytime class is its location in the lovely surroundings of the NLI’s café Joly!

Tuesday night DEVELOPING WRITERS at United Arts Club will run for eight weeks from 3 July, at €215 for 8 x 2.25 hour sessions in this gorgeous venue. 

And Monday night START TO WRITE will run once again in CITY ARTS on the Quays from July 3rd. This 8-week course will take you up to the start of October, with a few ‘out weeks’ in which you will complete set challenges ( or take your holliers, or both!). This  intensive tailored course full of kickstarts and reading, in the beautiful City Arts River Room, with groups of 12 or less and longer, better-value sessions than available elsewhere in Dublin costs €200.

NB: FROM HISTORY TO STORY: WRITING WITH RESEARCH to launch in October! Planned for October 2012 at the NLI: From History to Story: Writing with Research, alongside further terms of courses described above. Please email expressions of interest now!

Friday night Developing Writers sessions in my home in Sandycove will also restart in October! Please email to be put on list for this class, if interested!


Continue your work-in-progress, gain deadlines and feedback and challenge yourself to write a certain amount every week. Discussion and technical help will be tailored to each project, and the feedback of a group of experienced and supportive peers will be a great bonus in your Advanced Writing Train workshop.

Advanced Workshops

Wednesday Daytime Advanced Workshop, STARTS JULY 4th, at United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, running for 8 weeks across the summer till Sept 12th, with timings of 10.30 – 1 p.m. ( No class 18 July, 2-week shut-down 15, 22 August). Fee €210. Further term to start late September. 

Thursday night Advanced Workshop, STARTS JUNE 7th at City Arts, Bachelors’ Walk, D.1, 14 sessions with timings of 6.30 – 9.00 p.m. Fee: €340. NB within this course you will have 14 sessions, delivered as follows:  9  sessions  over 10 weeks ( no session July 19th), followed by a free writing period for the weeks of August 16th – 30th incl., followed by remaining  5 workshop meetings on 6, 13, 20, 27 September and 4 October. Further term to start 18th October. 

Wednesday fortnightly Advanced Writing Train will start in Dublin in early October. Bray class also planned. Further details to follow. Please get in touch if interested, as classes can always be tailored or run according to demand.

With any queries, email writingtrain or phone writing train on 086 1701418


For summer away ideas, bear in mind the following trips and dates, which will be covered in further posts soon!

INISHBOFIN JAUNT writing holiday: July 19 – 14th and Sept 13 – 18

ENNISKERRY JAUNT poetry weekend: containing “One- Day” start to write poetry course (Friday) plus 2- day Developing poets’ event. Sept 20 – 23rd.

ARAN JAUNT writing holiday at Hallowe’en.


Do email soon, if interested in any of the above,  as accommodation is limited for all these events and will go quickly!

Best for now!


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