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SPEAKY SLAM!

As part of Westival 2018, SixPens presents….

Speaky Slam: an exciting spoken-word slam performance event (with prizes!). Bring yourself (and entourage), your true (or not) stories, slam poetry, flash fiction, songs, rants – all genres welcome –and deliver in strictly under five minutes.

Points allocated for presentation, performance and time-keeping. Special treatment of anyone not using notes!

In between rounds, there will be an open mic for non-competitive types. No previous experience required, all ages welcome. Take your courage in hand (the lights will be low) and enjoy a loquacious late-night! Text Fiona 087 763 4339 for more details.

FREE ENTRY. €10 TO COMPETE

Writing Weekends at Old Rectory Retreat, Westport (Nov, Feb, Jun)

2018-2019 Writing Weekends at Old Rectory Retreat  

~ Nov 3-4, 2018:  Writing Reboot: start or revisit a project for Winter
~ Feb 23-24 , 2019:  Memoir Weekend: ready to go there yet?
~ June 29-30, 2019: Spark Your Creativity
The formats vary but we write, read/listen to good stories and draw lessons. We discuss the challenges preoccupying us in a stimulating, supportive and rigorous atmosphere over the course of four workshops with breaks for tasty lunches (courtesy of Roisin).  All are invited to share their work and receive feedback along the way.   The weekends are always productive, engaging and highly enjoyable.

Since 2010 we have been providing workshops at this in a beautiful, tranquil environment on the Wild Atlantic Way and have met so many incredible people and had a lot of laughs. Beginners and seasoned writers welcome.

COST: €180 for workshops + lunches (€170 if booked before October 7th). Accommodation optional at €100-120/pp/weekend).
Contact Fiona Keane: 087 763 4339 or hq@sixpens.com for more info.  
  • Date: 3-4 November 2018; 23-24 February 2019; 29-30 June, 2019
  • Venue: Old Rectory Retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Location: Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Course provider: SixPens Writing Workshops with Fiona Keane
  • Capacity: 10
  • Fee: €180 (+ optional accommodation)
  • Contact details: Fiona Keane 087 763 4339 hq@sixpens.com

WORKSHOP: Weekend of writing at Old Rectory near Westport

Old Rectory Retreat hosts SixPens Writing Workshops for a weekend of writing, Sat June 30th & Sun July 1st in Knappagh, Westport, Co. Mayo. Since 2010, experienced facilitators Fiona Keane (playwright & songwriter) & Fin Keegan (writer & editor) have been providing workshops at this beautiful, tranquil environment on the Wild Atlantic Way. Using complex, well- considered prompts, we write, read and offer feedback in a stimulating, supportive and rigorous atmosphere over the course of four workshops with breaks for tasty lunches. The summer weekend is always productive, engaging and highly enjoyable. €175 for workshops. Accommodation optional at €100 (two nights). Call Fiona to book: 087 763 4339 or hq@sixpens.com.

  • Date: 30 June 2018
  • Venue: Old Rectory Retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Location: Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Course provider: SixPens Writing Workshops with Fiona Keane
  • Capacity: 12
  • Fee: €175 (optional accommodation: €100)
  • Contact details: Fiona Keane 087 763 4339 hq@sixpens.com

2 Adult Writing Classes & 1 Youth Writing Class

Wednesday Evenings 7-9pm (starting soon) I’ll be holding a Creative Writing Class at Westport College of Further Education. Contact WFCE directly for details of dates, price and to book 098 25241. Other Qs, contact me: 087 763 4339. Thanks

Fridays 12-2pm at Sharkey Hill Community Centre, Westport: A writing workshop for people with medium-long projects-in-progress. We will look at the challenges of creating memorable characters, deepening the work and sustaining interest.

Youth Writing Room:
Saturdays, 12.15-1.45pm, from 9/9/17 at McConville Park, off Quay Road, Westport. (11-14s) €100.

Please contact Fiona Keane 087 763 4339 or hq@sixpens.com

EVENING COURSE: Irish writers and fantasy

Wild Atlantic Ways: Irish writers and Fantasy

tumblr_mmia4tOpsp1rdvi94o1_1280-COLLAGEINSTRUCTOR: Fin Keegan hq@sixpens.com / 087 763-4339

TIME/PLACE: 7:30-9:30pm/Six Wednesdays in Westport (Sharkey Hill Community Centre: map below), from 5 October

DESCRIPTION: Ireland never had an Industrial Revolution and has always been seen, even to this day, as a wild place in which strange things can happen: fantasy, from our fairy tales to our best known literature, is a staple of Irish writing. But, in the work of writers from Jonathan Swift to Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, the whimsy has a deeper purpose and, although the rich imaginings of Oscar Wilde and Flann O’Brien have produced great comedy, they are notable too for the deeper currents set in motion.

Course Plan

1. Things Done Differently [5OCT]

Before class: Please begin reading the first part of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726)

In class:

    • Excerpts from Homer; Ovid; Plato; Orwell; Stiff Little Fingers (Readings and discussion of handout: see here for PDF to print out)
    • Jonathan Swift (1667-1741): Gulliver’s Travels (Part 1: Lilliput)

2. Mirror and Enchantment [12OCT]

Before class: Please continue reading the first part of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. If time allows, read Merriman’s Midnight Court.

In class:

    • Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (Part 1: Lilliput)
    • Brian Merriman (c1749-1805): The Midnight Court (1780)

3.  Myth and Horror [19OCT]

Before class: please begin reading Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray.

In class:

    • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • Bram Stoker: Dracula (not mandatory!)

4.  Romance and Fairytale [26OCT]

Before class: please finish reading Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray and read Joyce’s short story, “Clay”, in his collection Dubliners.

In class:

    • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • James Joyce: “Clay”
    • Poems by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill; WB Yeats (Handout)
    • The Pogues: “Fairytale of New York”

5. Magic and Mess [2NOV16]

Before class, please read CS Lewis’s short novel for children, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

In class:

    • Beckett: Imagination Dead Imagine [Handout]
    • CS Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    • JRR Tolkien on fairy tales
    • Bram Stoker: Dracula
    • Poems by Paul Durcan

6. Darkness and Laughter [9NOV16]

Before class, please read (as much as possible of!) O’Brien’s The Third Policeman

In class:

    • Flann O’Brien: The Third Policeman
    • Martin McDonagh: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (not mandatory)

Texts

Click on the links for digital versions, available for free online.

  • Handout I: Homer; Ovid; Plato; Orwell:  PDF print-out
  • Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels bit.ly/SIXPENS2
  • Brian Merriman: The Midnight Court  [Optional] bit.ly/SIXPENS7
  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray bit.ly/SIXPENS3
  • Bram Stoker: Dracula [Optional] bit.ly/SIXPENS4
  • James Joyce: “Clay” bit.ly/SIXPENS8
  • Flann O’Brien: The Third Policeman
  • CS Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Martin McDonagh: The Beauty Queen of Leenane  [Optional]

September/October Writing Groups (Adults & Youth)

SixPens Activities from September-December, 2015:

~ 3 Writing Groups resume in Westport:

  1. Shape Your Story (Adult Writing Group) - Fridays 10.30am-12.30pm
  2. SixPens Writing Room ~ Junior (9-13s) Saturdays 1pm-2.30pm
  3. SixPens Writing Room ~ Teens (13-17s) Saturdays 2.30pm-4pm
  4. + SPARK Creativity Classes (9-13s) Wednesdays 4pm-5.15pm

Adult Writing Course: Shape Your Story (Sept. 25th-Dec. 4th)
Using crafted exercises and accessing your experience, knowledge and memories, create compelling stories for your readers. We will explore shaping your stories into either memoir or fiction, depending on your preference. Through listening to audio stories, we draw lessons and inspiration from good writing. Lively discussion is encouraged, though not required! Take time for your writing and you may surprise yourself. New and experienced writers all welcome.
Contact Fiona 087 763 4339.

Children & Teen Writing Classes resume September in Sharkey Hill Community Centre, Golf Course Road, Westport (September 19th-December 5th).
Get to work on your stories, poems, plays, songs or scripts with a weekly writing class which is productive, fun and entertaining!

Children’s Group – Saturdays 1pm-2.30pm
Teen Group - Saturdays 2.30-4pm

SPARK Creativity Classes begin early October (dates/times TBC).

Explore your creativity through drama, theatre games, rhythm-making, songwriting, music & art-making. (Taking names for this class now).

Drama Classes resume at Gaelscoil na Cruaiche (end September)
~ Mondays (4th, 5th & 6th class) 2.40pm
~ Tuesdays (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th class) at 2.40pm.
Creative drama with lots of improv, theatre games, devising short scenes and playlets.

CONTACT:  hq@sixpens.com | 087 763 4339

SPARK! August Multi-Arts Summer Camp

Join us August 10-14 in Westport for a week of creative expression! SPARK! Multi-Arts Camps offer a wide range of creative activities including:

  • drama
  • music & rhythm-making (no experience necessary)
  • creative writing & story-making (though not like school!)
  • songwriting
  • art
  • spoken word
  • confidence-building games and more…

As two experienced arts facilitators (writer/drama teacher Fiona Keane & musician Dearbhla Ryan) our goal is to encourage as much creative expression as possible in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere. No activity will be forced on anyone! If you don’t enjoy something, we’ll point you towards something else that you like and get you working at it and having fun in no time…

Find your SPARK! & ignite it!

  • Age 9-13s:  Monday ~ Friday mornings: time TBA
  • Cost: €89 (Concessions available)

Contact Fiona at hq@sixpens.com or 087 763 4339.

 

SPARK! Multi-Arts Summer Camp

Join us June 29-July 3 at Gaelscoil na Cruaiche in Westport for a week of creative expression! SPARK! Multi-Arts Camps offer a wide range of creative activities including:

  • drama
  • music & rhythm-making (no experience necessary)
  • creative writing & story-making (though not like school!)
  • creating images
  • spoken word
  • confidence-building games and more…

As 2 experienced arts facilitators (Fiona Keane writer/drama teacher & musician Dearbhla Ryan) our goal is to encourage as much creative expression as possible in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere. No activity will be forced on anyone! If you don’t enjoy something, we’ll point you towards something else that you like and get you working at it and having fun in no time…

Find your spark & ignite it!

  • Age 9-13s:  Monday ~ Friday 2-4.30pm

Cost: €69.00 (Concessions available.)

Contact Fiona at hq@sixpens.com or 087 763 4339.