Patrick Kavanagh Centre Annual Writing Workshop

JohnMacKenna19th – 20th August 2017

Director: John MacKenna

Title – The Strangers We Meet
The workshops will concentrate on the development of characters who may become the narrators of, or the people who will feature in, short-stories and novels. We will look at the places in which we find characters – memory, imagination, landscape, conversation and observation. Once we begin to see the characters come to life, we will use those lives to develop the stories they wish to tell. Characters often bring their own unexpected experiences with them. The workshops will focus on finding and listening to these characters and then beginning the job of retelling the stories they have brought.
Writers-Weekend-Workshop-2017-jpgThe workshop director, John MacKenna is the author of nineteen books – novels, short story collections, poetry and memoir. His most recent short-story collection, Once We Sang like Other Men (published earlier this year) received unanimously positive reviews in the Irish Times, Sunday Times, Irish Independent, Books Ireland, Irish Examiner and on RTE. He is a winner of the Hennessy, C Day Lewis and Irish Times Awards and teaches creative writing at NUI Maynooth.




Writers-Weekend-Workshop-2017jpg-2For information and booking:
Contact the Patrick Kavanagh Centre,
Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan.Ph. 00353 (0) 42 9378560 E-mail:

Opening Hours

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Centre is closed from 15th December 2017 -
Re-opening on Tuesday 20th March 2018

Tuesday – Friday: 11am - 4.30pm.

Sunday: 3pm – 5.30pm (UNTIL 30TH SEPTEMBER).

Tours can be arranged at anytime by prior appointment

For information and booking phone 042 937 8560

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