Lining Our Thoughts - A Poetry Writing Workshop Retreat
Retreat Leader: Leanne O’Sullivan
Arrival: 5th August 2017
Departure: 12th August 2017
“This workshop is for those who would like to begin to write poetry or those who would like to develop poems they have already started. The main aim of my workshops is to encourage writers through discussion, exercise based and free writing, while also allowing them to take risks in a supportive environment. Each session will focus on a different topic, such as imagery, perspective, storytelling, rhythm and form. Everything a writer needs is inside of themselves, and it’s my goal to help them refine the effectiveness of how they communicate how they see and understand of the world. Morning sessions will include a reading of poems by established writers (which will be supplied) with discussion of what makes these poems effective, writing exercises and also excursions to some sites in Beara that have given inspiration to my own writing.
In the afternoons I will be available for one-to-one sessions and this will also be free time during which participants can enjoy the creative peace of the retreat and do some writing. Several sessions will involve visiting local mythological sites such as the Cailleach Bhéarra, ogham and standing stones as a way to generate new work that responds to the landscape around us.
“We will also be workshopping students’ own poems in the sessions, focusing on refining and editing them, whether for personal enjoyment or with an aim towards publication. While the course will cover all the foundational points of writing a poem, I invite all students to be creative with their own interests and ideas to fire their poems."