Corkonians confined to their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic can now express their creative impulses after Cork County Council announced a number of free online writing workshops by some leading writers.
Co Cork Mayor Cllr Ian Doyle has confirmed that novelists Declan Burke and Denyse Woods, as well as poet Matthew Geden, will be offering the free online workshops every Wednesday from late April to late June.
Cllr Doyle said the Cork County Council Library and Art Service, with support from the Arts Council, offers three separate free online writing workshops as part of its writing support policy creative throughout the county.
He said the classes, starting April 29 and running every Wednesday evening through the end of June, will provide those interested in poetry, fiction and crime writing with an introduction to the skills and to the techniques used in these forms.
“Ireland and Cork have been and continue to be the home of exceptional literary talent. This series of online workshops offers anyone interested in writing the opportunity to work in groups with a professional writer.
“The online forum will provide support and encouragement for their writing. With the support of the Arts Council, we are able to offer these courses free of charge, so that they are accessible to anyone who enjoys the written word.
“Creativity is essential”
Award-winning writer Declan Burke, whose novels include Eightball Boogies, Slaughter’s Hound and Absolute Zero Cool, will host a ten-week detective writing workshop series called Criminal Intent, he said.
Meanwhile, Boston-born writer Denyse Woods, whose novels include Of Sea and Sand, Overnight to Innsbruck and The Catalpa Tree, will present a series of workshops called A Time to Write where she will explore narrative writing.
And Manchester-born poet Matthew Geden, who is currently Cork County Council’s Writer-in-Residence, invites those interested in writing poetry to take an eight-week journey of exploration called A Light to Transform the World.
Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey said the new online courses were an example of how Cork County Council can continue to support the cultural and creative needs of its citizens amid this crisis. health crisis.
“Creativity is essential to our well-being and this use of digital resources is a dynamic and creative response that I am delighted that our Library & Arts services have been able to develop in this difficult period for our community”.
Mr Lucey pointed out that the classes are free but places are limited, so he encouraged people to apply as soon as possible. Applications are open to those over 18, by visiting corkcoco.ie/en/arts/opportunities, he said.