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Creative Writing - Facing the Blank Page

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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination: Ireland  
Category: Writers Workshops
Specialty: Autobiography/memoir, Fiction, Young adult  
Season: February
Courses Per Year: 225
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 200 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 225 Euro (EUR) per person

This workshop will focus on the core elements of creative writing for students who wish to gain experience in writing skills, whether or not they have any experience. The workshop will offer a wide variety of exercises to help students discover their written voices. Form, plot, character, dialogue, aspects of style and other elements of the craft are emphasized so that students can incorporate basic storytelling principles into their own writing. The major goals of the class are to get students to discover and use the power of their individual voices, heighten their imaginative seeing, and develop their overall sense of story structure and movement. Students will also criticize and edit their own work. By the end of the workshop, they should have a clearer idea of what they want to do and how they want to do it.

Africa Hamilton has been facilitating creative writing workshops all over West Cork for eight years. She works for the Writer's consultancy as an editor, and is the author of two works of non-fiction. She is a freelance journalist with several newspapers and magazines, including the Irish Independent and Munster Interiors, and is a regular book and theater reviewer for the Irish Examiner. She has produced three collections of poetry, and has also been published in Poetry Ireland, Southword, Women's Works, Kinsale Anthology and the Shop. She is currently working on a novel.

Faculty Information:
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.

Other Activities:
The school is located close to Kinsale town, about 15 minutes walk from the harbor. Accommodation is available in the town at various levels of quality and price, and there are several bed and breakfasts mid-way between the town and the pottery.

Facility Information:
The school provides arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, drawing and painting, glass fusing and stained glass, bronze casting, silk painting and mosaic-making. We run weekly morning and evening classes, weekend breaks, summer schools and tailor-made workshops for corporate groups and private parties. There are two teaching rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 20 people, so a group of 40 can be booked.

We can accommodate up to 20 people in one class and up to 40 in a group, or as few as two or three at a time. All our courses suit beginners, enthusiasts and professionals, using a wide range of facilities and techniques. The pottery includes electric and raku kilns, stoneware and earthenware clays, and we teach throwing, hand-building and all varieties of glazing.

The school is situated just 20 minutes from Cork Airport, close to the center of the beautiful historic harbor of Kinsale, famed for its restaurants and shops. The pottery is in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, and the gallery is in the eaves of its coach house, which dates back to 1795.

Since 2001, we have provided classes and courses to suit all levels of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to exhibitor standard and the school has become the largest and most established center of its kind in Ireland. We stock a wide selection of clays and glazes, our pottery courses cover the full range of ceramics and sculpting techniques.

Kinsale is internationally renowned for its cuisine, its cosmopolitan style and the beauty of its harbor. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as a wide range of art and craft shops. What better place to learn a craft, or take a break.

- Weekend course costs are €225 per person including home-cooked lunches on both days
- Bring a friend for €200