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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.

 

June 2015 Retreat

It’s not too late to join us at this weekend’s (June 19-21) series of writing workshops at the beautifully conducive Old Rectory Retreat, Knappagh, Westport.

Besides writing, we will read a classic story as well as some of our newly produced work (hot off the presses), share tips and tools, meet nice people and eat delicious food together.

Don’t put it off, get in touch. Quoting the code 6P0615 gets you a steal/deal! (P.S. accommodation is optional, not required.)

Call Fiona 087 763 4339 or email hq@sixpens.com

SPARK! Multi-Arts Summer Camps

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 (writer/drama teacher & musician) 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! 2 camps as follows:

  1. Age 7-9s:  Monday ~ Friday 10.30-1pm
  2. Age 10-13s: Monday ~ Friday 2-4.30pm

Cost: €79.00, (but with discount code 6P0615 get €10.00 off = €69.00)

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

 

SixPens Writing Group ~ January 2015

Join us every Friday from 6/2/15 for productive fun: writing prompts, stories, lively discussion. We will look at:

  • Beginnings
  • Tapping into your own life (optional)
  • Shaping Stories
  • Making Characters Live
  • Point of View
  • Dialogue and Rewriting.

Just bring pen & paper (or laptop) and be willing to write. New writers (with or without experience) are all welcome!

When: Fridays 1-2.30pm (time subject to change, so get in touch)

Where: Sharkey Hill Community Centre in the Fairways (off Golf Course Rd.) 

8 weeks from Februray 6th, 2015. 

Questions? Call Fiona 087 763 4339

 

Public Speaking Courses

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Public Speaking Courses

for Schools & Adult Education

 

School Courses

earz-plz! (Lend Me Your Ears) is a series of courses for students from 5th class to 5th year designed to improve young people’s ability to speak confidently and listen effectively in formal situations and before groups. The course uses engaging and productive exercises and games with maximum fun.

Pilot schemes are being run in Westport (Rice College/Sacred Heart Schools) and Clifden (Clifden Community School). Our goal is to get into schools in every county–and then into every school–as a new and necessary tool for our emerging generation.

Adult Courses

“Speak Up, Speak Out!” is an 8-week public speaking course for adults. The emphasis is on confidence-building and fun while developing and improving communication and presentation skills.

Why? Increasingly, the world expects young people to be able to speak up and speak out. However, many teenagers spend much of their free time on social networks or playing computer games. Whether you plan to be a farmer or a coder, a filmmaker or an architect, you won’t get far without being able to state clearly and persuasively what your goals are.

Both earz-plz! and “Speak Up, Speak Out!” give people the foundation for successful communication.

Outcomes

Students will learn to…

  • deliver prepared speeches
  • adjust to speaking without preparation
  • structure their ideas coherently
  • find the point in what people are saying
  • critique usefully and constructively
  • learn to allocate roles and organise proceedings

The courses are directed by Joe Ring (former President, Westport Toastmasters Club) 086 603 7744 & Fiona Keane MFA PGDE (SixPens.com workshops) 087 763 4339 or fiona@sixpens.com