New website for SCBWI Ireland

As of January 2015, our SCBWI Ireland website has moved to: http://ireland.scbwi.org. Please visit us there!

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First Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival debuts in October 2014 in Limerick City

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We’re very excited about the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival, which is taking place this October as part of Limerick City of Culture. The event will include a book festival, storytelling and creative writing workshops, as well as a number of excellent theatrical events going on for children of all ages.

There is an impressive lineup of speakers, with familiar names such as Judi Curtain, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Andy Stanton, Sarah Webb, Oisin McGann, Celine Kiernan, Darren Shan, and Jane Mitchell!

The festival launch takes place tomorrow (September 15th).

Many of the events will take place in and around the Lime Tree Theatre, but check out their website or Facebook page for updates.
Lime Tree Theatre site:http://www.limetreetheatre.ie
Lime Tree Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LimeTreeTheatre?fref=ts

Bualadh Bos Festival brochure

Change of Regional Advisor for SCBWI Ireland

Hi folks

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are gearing up for an active autumn full of writing and illustrating!

I am writing to tell you all of my decision to step down as Regional Advisor of SCBWI-Ireland Chapter, with effect from 1st September (today).

I have been ARA and then RA of the Ireland Chapter since its foundation in 2007 and have very much enjoyed developing and nurturing the chapter to where it is today. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved with such a small membership. We have successfully run conferences, workshops, retreats, critique groups, websites, an active Facebook page, members’ surveys and regular meet-ups. Several of our members are published and award-winning authors and illustrators (myself included), while others are rising stars in their own right who will, I have no doubt, be published in time.

Colleen Jones, member and active volunteer of SCBWI-Ireland, has readily agreed to step into the role as RA, for which I am very grateful.  I have no doubt she will be a wonderful RA and I wish her every success in her new role.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our SCBWI members, past and present, for the support and help you have given to the chapter and to me personally. I have made some wonderful friendships through being RA and am confident that these will continue long into the future. I will be retaining my membership of SCBWI, so I look forward to seeing you all in the future.

With warmest wishes

Jane Mitchell


Waterford Writers Weekend

The Waterford Writers Weekend kicks off in a couple of weeks! It runs from Thursday, March 20th to Sunday, March 23rd. There’s a range of writing-related events for both adults and kids. Here are four you won’t want to miss!!

You can see the full programme of all events here.

Teen Writes: Workshop for 13-16 year olds with Claire Hennessy

Saturday 22nd March | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Central Library (Reference Room) | Free | Register online.

This practical workshop will get teenagers brainstorming and writing, with an opportunity at the end for any questions they might have about writing or publishing. Facilitated by Claire Hennessy, author of several YA novels and experienced creative writing teacher, who also recently edited an anthology of work by teenage writers.

Creative Writing Workshop for 9 -11 year olds with Alan Early

Saturday 22nd March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Central Library (Reference Room) | Free | Sold out but check with the box office.

Do you have a young writer at home? The creator of the bestselling Arthur Quinn series will reveal where story comes from, how to create your own, and how important character is. Find out how to defeat serpents, wolves and the terrible god Loki!

Bookbinding workshop (adults)

Saturday 22nd March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | South Paw Studio, 18a Lombard Street | €10 | Register directly with Martin Fahy

In this introduction to bookbinding workshop, participants will be shown the basic techniques and materials for creating simple but functional journals. Each participant will leave with a selection of notebooks.

Max. of 6 participants

Places can be booked by contacting Martin Fahy by email: southpaw.eire@gmail.com or by phone: 087 245 1200.
Southpaw studio / art school

Derrick the Viking…Story/Art workshop (Children 7 – 13 years)

Saturday 22nd March | 4:00pm – 5:30pm | South Paw Studio, 18a Lombard Street | €7.50 | Register directly with Martin Fahy

In this workshop the group will get to hear the story of Derrick, Who arrives in Waterford by accident ! The children will get the chance to create an image for the book jacket.

Max. of 10 participants
Places can be booked by contacting Martin Fahy by email: southpaw.eire@gmail.com or by phone 087 245 1200.
Southpaw studio / art school

Writing for Children Online Course with Oisin McGann

Start Date: May 26th 2014
Duration: 6 weeks
Fee: €190.00
This Writing for Children online course will cover the basics of storytelling and the specific aspects of writing for children and young adults. Areas that will be looked at include: how to generate ideas; how to use observation; description of both character and setting; using dialogue and ensuring a good pace and plot, as well as how to tailor your writing for different age groups. There will be short practical exercises at each stage of the course. Oisin will also be giving tips on how to get published, and how to market your books once you get published. Places are strictly limited to 12 – early booking advisable.

Writing for Children Online Course

This online course is suitable for adults who would like to write for children or young adults.

Start Date: January 20th, 2014
Where: Online
Tutor: Oisin McGann
Cost: €190

Register: http://creativewriting.ie/writing-for-children-course/
Email: info@creativewriting.ie

This Writing for Children course with Oisin McGann will cover the basics of storytelling and the specific aspects of writing for children and young adults. Areas that will be looked at include: how to generate ideas; how to use observation; description of both character and setting; using dialogue and ensuring a good pace and plot, as well as how to tailor your writing for different age groups. There will be short practical exercises at each stage of the course. Oisin will also be giving tips on how to get published, and how to market your books once you get published.

Places are strictly limited to 12 – early booking advisable.

Free-to-watch-online Writers Workshop on September 28, 2013

This is a rather unique event. You can sit in front of your computer or laptop or other electronic device and watch a selected list of well-known industry professionals talk about writing everything from picture books to young adult novels.

Presenters include authors/illustrators Marie Louise Fitzpatrick and Michael Emberley, along with animation director Norton Virgien, literary agent Polly Nolan, author/illustrator Oisin McGann, and author Meg Rosoff.

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The event is being facilitated by Vanessa O’Loughlin of writing.ie and produced by WritersWebTV.

There will be exercises for participants to do and they will also have opportunities to ask questions and give feedback during scheduled breaks.

If you can’t watch the event live on Saturday, you can buy the workshop to download and watch later or watch it on-demand from the website.

Here is a short introductory video to the workshop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N3kEpVI9bs

This workshop is the first in a series of four writing workshops that will take place over the next six weeks.

For more information, see details here: http://www.writing.ie/event/free-to-watch-online-writers-workshop-writing-for-children-ya/

To enroll, go here: http://www.writerswebtv.com/downloads/writing-childrens-books/?post_type=download