"The Mythic Imagination Creative Writing Workshop"
Retreat Leader: Adam Wyeth
Arrival: 10th June 2017
Departure: 17th June 2017
In this exciting and accessible new series of creative writing workshops, Adam Wyeth (author of The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry) will take you on a journey through the great panoply of Celtic myth, revealing how these ancient narratives and traditions are deeply intertwined into the fabric of our daily lives.
Mythology and folklore is humanity attempting to explain the world to itself. By understanding myth we tap into the deep root of the personal and collective unconscious.As each generation re-visits these tales, our personal and expanding lives offer fresh interpretations to these age-old myths.
With this in mind, Adam has developed a series of unique poetry exercises, showing the many ways in which we can interlace our writing with Celtic references. Once you’ve unlocked the mythic imagination, you’ll be shown how you can add your own 21stcentury twist to the rich bedrock of Celtic heritage – finding new ways from the old ways to enhance your work with hidden layers and depth.
You’ll explore many of Ireland's major traditional forms from Early literature, Immrama, Dindsenchas to asiling, and look at themes of metamorphosis, animal symbolism and lots more. We'll see how leading Irish poets have used and transform these forms and then find exciting ways to apply these ideas into your own work with inspirational exercises and writing games. Adam will then offer personal feedback on each piece written.
Expect to come out of the workshop with some great new work and a deepened appreciation and awareness of poetry, myth, tradition and craft.
These workshops are designed for writers of all levels of experience and no knowledge of mythology is required. All you need is paper, pen – and your imagination!