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with writers Alan McMonagle and Lisa Harding


Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th April 2022


Mornings will include workshops filled with guidance and prompt-based creative writing
exercises, as well as stimulation from the work of established writers. You will be inspired
and encouraged to create new work, share your writing and receive feedback from the tutors
and the group. In the afternoons, you will have the chance to discuss your work with Alan
and Lisa in one-to-one tutorials and benefit from some self-directed writing time.
The workshop concludes on Sunday afternoon with an opportunity to share the work you’ve
developed over the weekend. This is an enjoyable, relaxed creative writing course aimed at
beginner and emerging writers, that will provide you with new ideas and techniques to add to
your writer’s toolkit!



Alan McMonagle has written for radio and published two collections of short stories

(Liar Liar and Psychotic Episodes). His first novel, Ithaca, was published by Picador

in 2017 and a second novel (Laura Cassidy's Walk Of Fame) will appear in March 2020.


Alan has a MA in Writing from NUI Galway, and has delivered courses and facilitated

writing workshops at the Irish Writers' Centre, Listowel Writers' Week, the City Literary

Institute in London and many others.


He lives in Galway. (





Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright and author. She has performed at the Abbey,

the Gate, the Lyric, the Royal Court and on RTE, among others. Plays have been

performed at the Project, Battersea Arts Centre and Theatre 503 in London. Short

stories have been published in The Winter Papers, Bath short story anthology and the

Dublin Review, alongside being shortlisted in various competitions and placed a

winner in the inaugural Doolin Writers’ Weekend.

Harvesting, her first novel won the Kate O’Brien award, was nominated for best

newcomer at the Irish Book Awards 2017 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Prize

2018. It has been translated into French by Gallimard press. A screen adaptation is

currently underway with the director of the Derry Girls, Michael Lennox. Her new novel,

BRIGHT BURNING THINGS is to be published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2021.


NB: Limited to 12 participants


Fee: early bird €160 (if paid in full by Friday, 31st Jan) or €175 if paid later. This event will fill on a first come, first paid basis.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation 4 weeks or more prior to the course start date - full refund (less a 10% admin fee)

Cancellation between 4 weeks to 1 week prior to the course start date - 50% refund

Cancellation less than 7 days  prior to start - NO REFUND


For further information and to book please email or check out

Writer's Weekend brought to you with the assistance of Tipperary County Council



Alan McMonagle
Lisa Harding
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